Easy Taco Soup Recipe (2024)

This taco soup recipe is an easy 30-minute meal that is packed with flavor!

A pound of lean ground beef is perfectly seasoned and simmered with tomatoes, onions, beans, and a handful of tex-mex inspired veggies.

I truly love recipes that are as easy as this one, it’s hard to believe something so fast can taste so good!

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A Quick and Easy Taco Soup

This easy Taco Soup Recipe combines two of my favorite things; ground beef tacos and belly-warming soup! Ground beef is inexpensive meatfor many soups from Easy Hamburger Soup to Cabbage Roll Soup.

It’s a bit like chili in the hearty healthy goodness but the flavor is taco-inspired!

  • It’s so fast, ready in 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • One pot means fewer dishes to wash.
  • Uses simple ingredients and pantry staples.
  • It’s a great way to stretch a pound of ground beef to feed a crowd!
  • This soup welcomes add-ins like veggies.
  • Family-friendly, it’s mild and you can add your favorite toppings
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Lean Ground Beef is our favorite choice but you can also substitute ground turkey or ground/chopped chicken.

Frozen corn helps bulk up the soup and adds nutrition. Canned works too. We add bell peppers for flavor. Add whatever veggies you have or love.

Canned beans make it quick, be sure to drain and rinse before adding. My favorites are pinto or black beans but again, add any kind.

Green chilies are mild but pack great flavor, I buy a small 4 oz can and keep a few in the pantry. Rotel tomatoes and tomato sauce add zesty flavor and a bit of heat.

Seasonings are simple. Homemade taco seasoning is a favorite for this recipe but a packet store-bought works just as well.


Season to your liking by adding extras. Try chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder…. basically whatever spices you love.

To make it spicy, add in some extra jalapenos or a couple of dashes of hot sauce.

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How to Make Taco Soup

This Taco Soup recipe is made on the stovetop and simmers for about 15 minutes making it the perfect weeknight meal (and a great way to use up leftover taco meat)!

  1. Brown ground beef in a large soup pot with onion. Drain any fat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients (per the recipe below) to the pot and stir.
  3. Simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Season with salt & pepper and finish with a squeeze of lime and some cilantro if you’d like!

Top it with your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, Homemade Salsa,orPico de Gallo,and a sprinkle of cheddar for the perfect dinner!

Stretch This Meal Further

If you’d like to stretch a pound of ground beef a little further you can double the broth and seasonings, and add extra diced tomatoes and veggies.

If you’d like add a bit of cooked rice (or instant rice) or a handful of pasta.

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Toppings for Taco Soup

Taco Soup can be served with a bun or a slice of bread, tortilla chips, tortillas, and cheddar cheese.

Set out a tray of toppings for everyone to garnish their own bowls! Some of my favorite toppings are avocado, green onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and salsa.

Got Leftovers?

FRIDGE: This will last a few days in the refrigerator. If you plan to keep it longer than that, this soup freezes perfectly!

FREEZER: You can freeze taco soup. We place them in freezer bags in individual portions. This makes it easy to take one out for lunch or several out for a family meal!

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More Easy Soup Recipes

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Black Bean Soup

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Creamy White Chicken Chili (CrockPot)

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Taco Soup Recipe

Taco Soup is a quick weeknight meal that is ready in 30 minutes!



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Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes minutes

Total Time 30 minutes minutes

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Servings 4 servings

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Author Holly Nilsson



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 16 ounces pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 10 ounces Rotel tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 4 ounces green chile peppers diced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ¾ cup frozen corn
  • cup green pepper diced (or ½ small green pepper)
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix or homemade


  • In a large pot, brown ground beef with onion until no pink remains. Drain off any excess fat.

  • Add remaining ingredients to the pot. Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer for 15-20 minutes.



Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop.

Freeze in individual portions or in a zippered bag for up to 2 months. Thaw and reheat on the stovetop.

5 from 149 votes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.65cups | Calories: 419 | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1404mg | Potassium: 1601mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1197IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Easy Taco Soup Recipe (15) Course Beef, Dinner, Lunch, Soup

Easy Taco Soup Recipe (16) Cuisine American, Tex Mex

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