Easy Taco Soup

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Easy Taco Soup made with ground beef, tomatoes, corn, beans, and seasoning is the PERFECT way to enjoy the taco flavors you love in a one pot dinner!

We are all about ONE POT soups this winter, and we’re excited to share our favorites with you, like Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup, Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup, and Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew!

Taco Soup

Easy Taco Soup is made with ground beef, veggies, beans, and both ranch AND taco seasoning for an incredibly flavorful, hearty soup your family is going to love. It’s basically like a quick and easy soup recipe meets taco night. All of the flavor, with less cleanup afterwards!

Leave out the spicy chiles and use mild taco seasoning to make this more kid-friendly. If you don’t want to make this on the stovetop, it works really well in the crock pot or instant pot! I serve this almost every time we get together for a game night and it’s a hit 100% of the time!


This taco soup recipe is totally freezer-safe. I almost always make extra, then freeze it in an airtight container for another night. It will keep about 6 months frozen.


  • In a large skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil, onions, and ground beef. Cook until ground beef is browned.
  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, stir, and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve.


Use the saute function of the instant pot to brown the ground beef and onions with a drizzle of oil.

Add all other ingredients to the instant pot and stir together. Close the lid and seal the pressure valve.

In manual setting, set on high for a total time of 10 minutes, then let it release naturally. Garnish and serve.


Mix together all of these ingredients to make your own taco seasoning that you can pull out any time you’re having taco night or making a Tex-Mex recipe!

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes (optional – use more or less depending on your spice tolerance)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

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Thicken taco soup by adding a few tablespoons of tomato paste, until you reach the consistency you want. You can also add more meat and black beans to add bulk to the soup.



If you’re not a fan of beans, you can easily leave them out of this taco soup recipe. I would recommend adding more vegetables to help bulk up the dish, plus it’s a healthy addition. Try adding diced potatoes, green beans, bell peppers, or carrots.


  • You can make this taco soup recipe with other meat, like ground turkey or shredded chicken breast. I’ve also made this with leftover rotisserie chicken.
  • Make this taco soup spicy with a dash of cayenne pepper, or use the hot version of diced tomatoes with chiles. You can also add diced poblano or jalapeno peppers with the onion.
  • Make this taco soup vegetarian by leaving out the meat and using vegetable broth. If you want more protein or bulk to the soup, add another can of black beans, or cubed extra firm tofu.
  • For garnish, you can top this taco soup recipe with avocado slices, sour cream, shredded cheddar, or fresh cilantro.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or toasted bread.

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Easy Taco Soup

4.93 from 13 votes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Course: Soup
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Taco Soup made with ground beef, tomatoes, corn, beans, and seasoning is the PERFECT way to enjoy the taco flavors you love in a one pot dinner!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 15 ounces dark kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the ground beef and onion to a large dutch oven on medium heat and cook until browned then add in the taco and ranch seasonings and mix well.
  2. Add in the kidney beans, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, corn, broth and crushed tomatoes, mix well and bring to a boil before reducing to a simmer and cooking for 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Amount per serving: 375 calories, Calories: 375g, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 419mg, Potassium: 1122mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 385g, Vitamin C: 18.1g, Calcium: 106g, Iron: 5.9g

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    1. It’s one of those recipes you have to share because even your 3 kids ask for more! My only substitute was black beans and Taco flavored turkey.

      1. You could but they are going to have a different taste than regular diced tomatoes. Also they wouldn’t have the green chilis mixed in so you would want to add them separate if you want that flavor 🙂

  1. Oh my goodness!! This soup was so easy and the kids loved it! I added green bell peppers along with a few scallions, and a little cayenne just to spice it up a bit and they smashed it! Thank you so much for the recipe!!

  2. I showed my wife your daily email since she asked for chili. We’ve since made it twice in 3 weeks! We hate it that much.

  3. In the ingredients it calls for pinto beans and in the instructions it calls for chili beans. Which one is it? My choice would be chillin beans.

    1. You can actually use either as they are pretty interchangable. I did use pinto beans but feel free to use chili if you’d like. I’ve edited the recipe card to read correctly. Thanks for catching that!

  4. Hi Brandie, this Taco Soup looks delicious and I can’t wait to fix it. I do have a question. Do you use frozen or canned corn? Thanks for any help you can give me. Have a wonderful and blessed day. ?

      1. Our stove is out of commission right now so that’s why I’m looking for crock pot recipes. Can I just add the ground beef in raw?

        1. Hmm that would be hard because it will cook in a giant piece and also I haven’t tested it that way. I would say if using raw make it into small meatballs and add those in, then I know it will cook through.

  5. I made this taco soup the other night and is it good! I made it like the recipe called for but doubled it. We are going to have some more tonight, my husband loves it!!!

  6. You had me at easy! But seriously, this taco soup sounds amazing! I am a soup-all-year-long kinda girl too, so this is perfect!

  7. This looks so tasty and just what we need on these cold winter days! I like your taco seasoning recipe as well! I find the addition of a tiny bit of sugar can really cut down on the acidity overall. Great recipes!