This easy taco soup is hearty and flavorful. Loaded up with ground beef, beans, tomatoes, green chiles, and more. This soup comes together in one pot and in just 30 minutes making it perfect for a weeknight meal for the family.


All about this Taco Soup…

  • Easier than taco night: skip dealing with filling tortillas for the entire family and simply prepare a large pot of this soup! It’s made with all your favorite taco ingredients, ground beef cooked in a homemade taco seasoning. Then top with all your favorites: cheese, sour cream and fresh cilantro.
  • Pantry/Freezer ingredients: using canned beans and tomatoes make this a quick and easy meal to put together. And other than the ground probably have all of these ingredients on hand already. Plus the corn can be fresh, canned or frozen. These simple shortcuts provide a flavorful meal with little prep time.
  • Family friendly: using a mild diced green Chile and a homemade seasoning blend lets you control the heat in this soup making it perfect for serving to your family. If you want more heat you can easily swap the chiles for a jalapeño!

Ingredients Needed:


Notes on some ingredients:

  • Ground Beef: an 80/20 mix is good for flavor and we will be draining excess grease after cooking. This can be swapped for ground turkey or chicken as needed.
  • Beef Broth: use a low or no sodium broth to control the salt, and beef broth adds a lot of flavor. This can be substituted for chicken broth or a vegetable broth if needed.
  • Green Chiles: canned diced green chiles are a very mild Chile, if you would like to add more flavor you can swap this for a jalapeño and sauté it with the onion.
  • Canned ingredients: black beans, corn and crushed tomatoes make putting this soup together a breeze. Of course you can use dried beans, be sure to soak them overnight, and fresh or frozen corn. Frozen corn can simply be added directly into the soup.

How to make (step-by-step)

  • Step 1: Cook Ground Beef, add the ground beef to a large pot, cook the meat over medium heat until mostly browned, add the diced onion and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until the meat is browned. Add in the minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Drain the excess grease and add in the seasonings.
  • Step 2: Add remaining ingredients, add in the beans, corn, chiles and tomatoes, then pour the broth over all of it and stir.
  • Step 3: Simmer, Let this come to a simmer on the stovetop and cook for 10 minutes.

Expert Tips:

  • Lighten things up: switch out the ground beef for a lean ground turkey or chicken. And swap out the beef broth for either chicken or vegetable broth.
  • Add more veggies: some ideas of additional ingredients you could add are: Hominy, Jalapeno, pinto beans, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, and sweet potato.
  • Drain & rinse beans: when making this soup be sure to drain and rinse the beans, this washes away a majority of the sodium in the canned beans. This allows you to control the salt in your meal.
  • No Sodium broth: when making this recipe grab a no or low sodium broth to allow you to control the salt.


Can I make this in a slow cooker or instant pot?

Yes! You can make this recipe in either of these appliances, instructions for this are included in the recipe card below.

What are some topping ideas?

Any of your favorite taco toppings will work, some ideas include: cheese, cilantro, sour cream, tortilla chips, olives, and green onions.

Can I freeze this soup?

Yes. Allow the soup to cool completely then place in a freezer safe container or bag. Store in freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw soup in the refrigerator overnight and heat to a simmer on the stove until warmed through.


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Recipe first published February 17, 2016. Updated on October 1, 2021 with new images and information. Recipe is unchanged.