This easy taco soup recipe is basically a classic taco, but remixed and served as a soup! Made with hearty ground beef, beans, corn, and tomatoes, the soup is comforting, filling, and ready in just 30 minutes!

Ground beef is great to use in soups like this one and our pasta fagioli, the unique meatball soup and of course hearty chili.

A bowl of taco soup topped with sour cream, cheese, and avocado topped with fresh greens.

Taco Soup Recipe

Taco soup is a go-to for colder days. The ultimate comfort meal, it’s made with simple ingredients and is a favorite with the whole family. Using basic taco ingredients, the soup comes together in just a few steps and makes great leftovers and freezer-prep meals!

What is the difference between chili and taco soup?
Traditional chili has a thicker consistency as a result of a longer simmering time and typically does not include corn but tastes very similar. It is often more heavy in tomato flavor than taco soup.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Inexpensive. Ground beef is a relatively cheap protein option compared to other types of meat.
  • One pot dinner. Not only is the soup quick to make, but it also is made in just one pot, meaning less clean-up after dinner!
  • Customize the toppings. For a fun family dinner, place all chopped toppings in the middle of the table and allow everyone to customize their bowl of soup with desired add-ins!
  • Protein packed. This soup is packed with protein from the beef and beans, keeping you full for hours!
Taco soup in a Dutch oven with a ladle full of soup.

Taco Soup Ingredients

The ingredients for the easy stove-top taco soup are essentially what you would use to make traditional, mexican-inspired tacos.

  • Ground beef- use lean ground beef for best results.
  • Taco seasoning- we like homemade taco seasoning made with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Or, use a store-bought version as a shortcut.
  • Vegetables- a combination of red and green bell peppers gives excellent color and flavor. You may also just use a whole pepper of your color choice rather than a mix. The Onion, garlic, corn, and diced tomatoes add so much flavor.
  • Broth- beef broth or chicken broth can be used in the recipe.
  • Beans- use your choice of kidney beans, pinto beans or black beans. Be sure to drain them and give them a rinse before adding them to the soup.

For a full list of ingredients and quantities, see the recipe card below.

College of step by step details how to make taco soup.

How to Make Taco Soup

The recipe for taco soup is almost as easy to cook as regular ground beef tacos.

  • Combine seasonings: Combine all of the seasonings for the taco seasoning and set aside.
  • Brown meat: Heat a large soup pot or a Dutch oven over medium heat with the oil. Add the ground beef and saute until browned, breaking it up as it cooks. Season the meat lightly with half of the taco seasoning.
  • Chop vegetables: While the beef is browning, finely chop the onion, cube the red and green bell peppers, and dice the tomato.
  • Combine ingredients: Once the meat is browned, add the chopped vegetables, baked beans, and corn to the pot. Add the minced garlic (or garlic powder), the broth, and season with the remaining taco seasoning.
  • Cook: Stir the ingredients and simmer the soup for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Top: Once poured into individual bowls, top with desired toppings such as avocado, tortilla strips, sour cream, and cheese.
  • Serve and enjoy, friends!
Taco soup in a bowl with a soup topped with sour cream, avocados, and tortilla crisps.

Substitutions and Variations

This hearty soup is easily customizable based on what you love in your soups.

  • Add spice: Cube a jalapeno into the mixture to give the soup a spicy kick or green chiles. Or, drizzle in some hot sauce to spice up the soup before serving.
  • Different meat: For a leaner soup, use ground turkey or chicken with great results. Ground pork can also be substituted for beef if desired.
  • Thin the soup: The soup is hearty and thick, but can be thinned with more broth if you prefer more liquid in your soups!

Serving Suggestions

Taco soup is a busy dish that is satisfying as is, but you can also serve it with these side dish ideas!

  • Toppings: To further elevate the soup, top it with toppings that you would use on traditional tacos. Sour cream, tortilla strips, crushed Doritos, diced avocado, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, diced red onion, or a drizzle of hot sauce are popular topping choices.
  • Bread: Serve the soup with a side of breadsticks or dinner rolls to dip into the soup.
  • Tortilla chips: Scoop the soup with regular tortilla chips, or add a zing with a hint of lime chips!
  • Rice: For an even heartier dinner, serve cilantro lime rice on the side, or even add it to the soup!
Taco soup in a bowl with a soup topped with sour cream, avocados, and tortilla crisps and pepper.

Taco Soup in a Crockpot

You can easily make this hearty taco soup using a slow cooker.

  • First, brown the ground beef in a skillet together with the onions and minced garlic and season with the taco seasoning.
  • Add the browned beef to your crockpot with the chopped veggies, beans, and broth.
  • Mix together and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours and enjoy!
  • Add desired toppings when serving and enjoy.

Store & Freeze

  • Storage. Keep the soup in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze. The taco soup freezes well. Cool the soup completely to room temperature. Place it into a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat prior to serving.
  • Reheat. The soup easily reheats on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave until reheated.

More Soup Recipes

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Easy Taco Soup Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 8 votes
Taco soup is a comforting cold-weather soup recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes. Hearty beef with vegetables and broth then topped with your favorite classic taco toppings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp oil for sautéing
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced
  • cups tomatoes diced
  • 16 oz canned beans drained (kidney or pinto)
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups beef broth or chicken
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or 3 Tbsp homemade seasoning


  • In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the taco seasoning if making homemade and set aside. Or use store-bought seasoning.
  • In a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, saute the ground meat with the oil, breaking the meat apart as it’s cooked. Season lightly with the taco seasoning.
  • Finely chop the onion, cube the red pepper and green pepper and dice the tomatoes.
  • Once the meat is browned, add in the chopped onion and peppers, canned beans and corn, diced tomatoes, minced garlic, the remaining taco seasoning, and the beef (or chicken) broth. Mix to combine everything in the pot.
  • Turn the heat down to low and cook for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Top the hot soup with your desired toppings.
  • Serve and enjoy, friends!


Toppings: Tortilla strips, cubed or sliced avocado, cilantro, shredded cheese, and lime are all great topping ideas!
Freeze: The soup can be frozen for quick meals on busy nights. Allow the soup to cool completely, then carefully pour it into freezer-safe bags or freezer containers. Freeze for up to 3 months, thaw, and reheat to serve.
Crockpot: To make the soup in a crockpot, brown the beef, onion, and garlic in a skillet, seasoned with taco seasoning. Add the beef to the crockpot along with the veggies, beans, corn, and broth. Cook on low for 6-8 hours and enjoy.


248kcal Calories24g Carbs23g Protein7g Fat2g Saturated Fat47mg Cholesterol961mg Sodium781mg Potassium7g Fiber6g Sugar1069IU Vitamin A30mg Vitamin C69mg Calcium4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Taco Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 961mg42%
Potassium 781mg22%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1069IU21%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

NOTE: Recipe developed by Valentina’s Corner and first published on Natasha’s Kitchen.