Easy Taco Soup recipe (8 ingredients!) - The Recipe Rebel (2024)

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written by Ashley Fehr

5 from 11 votes

Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 20 minutes mins

Servings 6 servings

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Last updated on February 5, 2024

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Taco Soup is bold, comforting, easy to customize and always a family favorite! Ground beef and black beans fill every serving with plenty of protein while veggies offer some nutrients. This one pot soup recipe checks all the right boxes!

Stay warm with more of the best soup recipes like Chicken Dumpling Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup and Sausage Orzo Soup.

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Table of Contents

  • Why we love it:
  • Taco Soup Ingredients
  • How to make Taco Soup
  • Taco Soup Variations and Substitutions
  • How to store this easy Taco Soup
  • Can I freeze Taco Soup?
  • Can I make Crockpot Taco Soup?
  • Can I make it in the Instant Pot?
  • More soup recipes you’ll love!
  • Easy Taco Soup recipe Recipe

Taco soup is one of those recipes that’s great for cleaning out your fridge/pantry! Some of my most favorite recipes are the ones where you can just toss a bunch of stuff into a pot and call it dinner.

It also helps that my family is obsessed with this taco soup recipe. I love serving it, because it’s a great way to sneak protein and nutrients into the mouths of even the most selective eaters!

Flavorful, easy, versatile, family friendly… This beef taco soup seriously satisfies.

Why we love it:

  • Filling – This easy taco soup can stand on its own without a side dish. The black beans and ground beef pack it with protein and make it so filling!
  • Flavorful – You may be full from just one serving of taco soup — however, it’s so flavorful you’ll go back for seconds anyways!
  • One pot – Less clean-up is always a HUGE win in my kitchen. This soup recipe is easily prepared in just one pot.
  • Budget-friendly – You won’t be breaking the bank to make this taco soup! Check out the ingredients below and you’ll see that they’re all nice and inexpensive.

Taco Soup Ingredients

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  • Ground Beef – I like to use lean ground beef since it doesn’t render as much fat when cooking. If you use higher fat beef, you may want to drain excess fat after browning.
  • Black Beans – Make sure they’re thoroughly drained and rinsed before adding to the pot. Any kind of beans will work here!
  • Beef Broth – Low-sodium beef broth is preferred. If you use regular beef broth, you may want to omit the additional sprinkle of salt.
  • Salsa – Use your favorite brand of salsa (feel free to make it spicy)! Or, go the extra mile by using Homemade Salsa.
  • Veggies – I love using a medley of onions, corn, and bell peppers in this recipe, but feel free to experiment and add some extras from the fridge.
  • Seasonings – All you need is a sprinkle of salt and some taco seasoning to create the very best flavor!

How to make Taco Soup

Take a quick look at how I make the BEST taco soup recipe! Scroll to the bottom of this page for more detailed instructions and ingredients.

  • Add the beef, onions, and peppers to a pot over medium heat.
  • Once the beef is cooked, stir in the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Stir often.
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Taco Soup Variations and Substitutions

  • Make it creamy: When I’m serving this to my kids, I stir in some heavy cream to cool it off and reduce the spice.
  • Thicken it: You can stir in some tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes for a thicker soup.
  • Add in additional veggies: Mushrooms, peppers, spinach, or whatever you think you’d like to eat in your taco soup!
  • Add rice: Add in some quick rice and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or long grain rice and simmer 20-30 minutes until tender for a thicker soup.
  • Top it up: For me, this soup is all about the toppings, but toppings are optional and additional ingredients. Try cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, fresh tomato and lime wedges.
  • Make it with chicken instead: Add all of the ingredients to a large pot and throw in two whole, raw chicken breasts. Simmer over medium-low heat until chicken is tender. Remove chicken breasts, shred, and add back into the soup to serve.
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How to store this easy Taco Soup

Once it’s cooled to room temperature, transfer taco soup to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat for 30 seconds at a time in the microwave, stirring each time it stops, until warmed all the way through.

Can I freeze Taco Soup?

Sure thing! Allow the soup to fully cool before storing it in a freezer-safe container. I recommend pouring it into a zip-lock bag and laying it flat on a baking sheet to freeze, that way it optimizes how much room you have in your freezer.

Freeze for up to 3 months and let it slowly defrost in the fridge prior to reheating.

Can I make Crockpot Taco Soup?

Yes! This easy Taco Soup is also a perfect Crockpot soup recipe!

  1. Brown your ground beef in a skillet, then add to a 3-4 quart slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, and cook on low for 3-4 hours (you can leave it longer and it won’t hurt anything, or on high for 1.5-2 hours.
  3. Serve.
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Can I make it in the Instant Pot?

You sure can.

  1. Brown your ground beef in the Instant Pot on sauté.
  2. Add your broth and scrape the bottom to remove any bits.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and select pressure cook on high for 2 minutes.
  4. When the cook time is over, let the pressure release naturally for at least 5-10 minutes (just because soup can be very steamy), then open the valve and remove the lid to serve.

More soup recipes you’ll love!

When the weather cools off, all I want is soup, stews and chilis! If you’re the same, you’ll love these cozy dinner ideas:

  • Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup — a classic made easier.
  • Classic Beef Stew — don’t forget the crusty bread!
  • Easy Vegetarian Chili — big on flavor, you won’t even miss the meat!
  • Chicken Rice Soup — make it in the slow cooker or on the stove top
  • The BEST Sausage Tortellini Soup — so cozy and full of flavor!

Easy Taco Soup recipe

written by Ashley Fehr

5 from 11 votes

This easy Taco Soup is made with just 8 ingredients and minimal prep! It's hearty and comes together in 30 minutes or less.

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 20 minutes mins

Cuisine American, Mexican

Course Main Course, Soup

Servings 6 servings

Calories 217cal


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • ½ onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 ½ cups low sodium beef broth
  • 540 ml canned black beans drained and rinsed (19oz)
  • 341 ml canned sweet corn with juice (12oz)
  • 1 cup mild tomato salsa
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt

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  • In a large soup pot, brown ground beef with red pepper and onion over medium heat. Drain any excess fat if desired.

  • Add broth, beans, corn, salsa, taco seasoning and salt. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. until vegetables are tender.

  • Serve with optional toppings: tortilla chips, shredded cheese, avocado, lime wedges, or sour cream.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 313grams | Calories: 217cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1046mg | Potassium: 882mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 851IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg

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Reader Interactions


  1. Jayne R. Muich says

    My family & I really loved this recipe! My only change was adding a cup of medium salsa in place of the cup of water in the sauce recipe. It added r
    thickness and a little spice to the sauce!


    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Jayne! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review!


  2. Victoria says

    I made this tonight and my family loved it!


    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Victoria! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review!


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  4. Debbie Smith says

    I just made this recipe and it was delicious. I used Herdez Salsa Casera in a jar for the salsa and it was just wonderful. Very easy to make and definitely worth making again.


    • Ashley Fehr says

      Thanks Debbie! I’m glad you liked it!


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Easy Taco Soup recipe (8 ingredients!) - The Recipe Rebel (2024)


What can I use to thicken taco soup? ›

How do you thicken taco soup? You shouldn't need to thicken this taco soup, since the meat and vegetables make it pretty chunky. However, if you like extra thick, rib-sticking soup, try adding refried beans, other mashed beans or rice to thicken it up.

How to make taco soup less spicy? ›

Scoop a dollop of sour cream into your bowl of soup and stir it into the broth. The fat in the sour cream will help mask the spices and make your soup creamier. If the soup still tastes too spicy, drop in more sour cream until it's palatable. Sour cream works well for chili, chowder, and taco soup.

How to make soup more spicy? ›

How To Make Soup Spicy
  1. Choose the Right Spices. Spices are the key to adding heat and depth to your soup. ...
  2. Sauté with Spice. Take your soup to the next level by sautéing the spices before adding them to the pot. ...
  3. Add Fresh Chilies. ...
  4. Incorporate Hot Sauce or Sriracha. ...
  5. Balance with Creaminess. ...
  6. Garnish with Heat.
Feb 1, 2024

Is it better to thicken soup with flour or cornstarch? ›

It's important to note that cornstarch has twice the thickening power of flour. If you need to substitute cornstarch to thicken liquid in a recipe that calls for ¼ cup (four tablespoons) flour, you only need two tablespoons cornstarch.

How to make soup thick at home? ›

Add flour or cornflour

Put a tablespoon of either into a small bowl and stir in 2-3 tbsp of the soup until you have a smooth mixture. Stir this back into the soup and bring it to a simmer. Cook for a few minutes to allow the starch granules to burst to thicken, and to cook out any flour flavour.

Why is my taco soup so watery? ›

Simmer for Longer

If you have the time, simmering your taco soup for a longer period can help to thicken it naturally. As the soup cooks, the liquid will reduce and evaporate, resulting in a thicker consistency.

What cancels out spicy in soup? ›

Turns out, the fiery chemical in hot chilis, capsaicin, likes to bind itself onto a compound in milk, which neutralizes the burn. Add a generous dollop of sour cream, creme fraiche, or yogurt to scorching hot chili or stews, or even a touch of milk or cream. For best results, though, go with full-fat dairy.

How do you deepen soup flavor? ›

  1. Herbs and Spices:Fresh or dried herbs such as parsley, thyme, rosemary, and dill can add depth to the flavor. ...
  2. Aromatics:Sautéing aromatic vegetables like onions, garlic, and celery before adding the broth can build a flavorful base.
Dec 12, 2021

What gives soup more flavor? ›

"If your broth is lacking in savory richness, try adding roasted onion, tomato paste, mushrooms, seaweed, soy sauce, or miso. These ingredients add umami flavor and depth to broth," she says. The choice of ingredient depends on the recipe, though.

Will milk make soup less spicy? ›

Milk and yogurt make this possible. First, the fat in dairy helps extract the capsaicin molecules. Second, the casein protein molecules act like detergents—they attract the capsaicin molecules, subsequently engulfing them and ridding your mouth of this chemical irritant.

How to thicken taco soup without cornstarch? ›

Possibilities include cream, coconut milk, yogurt, or even pureed avocado. If you choose coconut milk, be aware that it will impart a sweet, coconut flavor, which might not be right for every soup. Yogurt will add tanginess.

What is the best ingredient to thicken soup? ›

About this method: One of the most common ways to thicken sauces and soups is with a starch-based slurry, and cornstarch is a popular choice. Cornstarch is flavorless, easy to mix up, and versatile, which makes it a go-to pantry ingredient.

How to thicken Mexican soup? ›

One option is to create a slurry by mixing equal parts cornstarch and cold water. Stir the slurry into the soup and allow it to simmer for a few minutes until it thickens. Another option is to add a can of refried beans or mashed black beans to the soup, which will both thicken and add flavor.

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