Best taco soup in a white bowl topped with shredded chees, sour cream and Doritos.
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Taco Soup

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This Homemade Taco Soup Recipe is a simple meal for a weeknight dinner. It is so quick and easy to put together with only 8 ingredients. All you need to do is brown the ground beef and dump all the ingredients in and simmer. Then add your favorite toppings to complement the yummy Mexican flavors.

Homemade taco soup topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and Doritos in a white bowl.

Taco Soup Ingredients

  • Ground Beef – I prefer to use 90% or leaner Angus ground beef.
  • Black Beans – Add a mild, sweet and earthy flavor and have a soft texture.
  • Kidney Beans – When I don’t have canned kidney beans I will substitute with canned red beans or pinto beans.
  • Whole Kernel Corn – You can substitute canned corn with fresh corn or frozen. Just add 10 minutes to the cooking time when using fresh corn.
  • Diced Tomatoes – You can substitute canned diced tomatoes for 2 cups of fresh diced tomatoes.
  • Taco Seasoning – The easiest way to have all your Mexican spices.
  • Dry Ranch Seasoning – I have used regular dry ranch seasoning as well as the fiesta ranch. They both work well with this recipe.
  • Salsa – I prefer to use my Homemade Salsa Recipe. But you can use any salsa that has large chunks of vegetables in it.

How To Make Taco Soup

  • In a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Brown 1½ lbs of ground beef until it is no longer pink. I like to drain excess fat after the ground beef is cooked. Place cooked cooked beef on a paper towel lined plate. This will help absorb any additional fat.
  • In a large pot add drained black beans, drained kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and drained corn. Stir to mix well.
  • Add in salsa, water, taco seasoning, dry ranch seasoning, and stir well.Heat to a boil and reduce heat to med low.
  • Add cooked hamburger back into the pot and stir to combine. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve warm and add your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Can I Make it in the Crock Pot?

You sure can! To make taco soup in the Crock Pot you will need to brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until it is completely brown and no longer pink. The drain off the excess fat with a colander or scoop the cooked beef on to a plate line with paper towels.

Then add the ground beef into the Crock Pot will all the other ingredients. Then cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. If the soup is to thick simply add 1/2 cup of hot water at a time until you achieve your desired thickness.

Can I Make it in the Instant Pot?

Absolutely, taco soup can be made in the Instant pot. Start by setting the Instant Pot to saute mode. Brown the ground beef. Then drain the fat off and add back into the Instant Pot. Then add in the black beans, kidney beans, corn, taco seasoning, salsa, diced tomatoes, ranch seasoning and water. Mix all the ingredients together until they are well combined.

Then, place the lid on your Instant Pot and lock it into place. Turn pressure release valve to sealing, then select pressure cook, high pressure. Cook for 5 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build up. Before the cooking timer starts to count down. When timer runs out turn release valve to release. Wait for safety valve to drop before removing lid. Then remove the lid and serve with your favorite toppings.

1 serving of taco soup in a white bowl surround by fresh tomatoes.

Our Favorite Taco Soup Toppings

One of my favorite things about this soup is how easy it is to make with simple ingredients. But I also love that you can add your favorite toppings to mix it up a little bit. Here a just a few toppings my family love to put on this yummy soup.

  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Fresh Chopped Cilantro
  • Fritos
  • Doritos
  • Tortilla Chips or Strips
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Diced Tomato
  • Chopped Onion
  • Sliced Jalapeno

Can I Use Ground Turkey Instead of Ground Beef?

Ground turkey is a great option to make this taco soup recipe a little bit healthier. Some great options to make it vegetarian are tofu, lentils or any of the meat substitutes such as Impossible burger.

Can I Freeze This Soup?

Definitely, I love to double the recipe and same some for later. To freeze it first let the soup cool off to room temperature. Then add it to freezer safe storage bags or jars. One tip I have is that if you freeze them flat. It makes it easier to stack and store them in the freezer.

When you are ready to use the frozen taco soup, leave it in the fridge overnight to thaw. Once you have thawed the soup. Reheat it in a soup pan or Crock Pot until warm. Do not refreeze soup after it has been thawed. Here are some more great tips Freezing and Food Safety.

Tips for Taco Soup

  • For a little more flavor replace the water with beef broth.
  • If you don’t have any taco seasoning on hand make your own. In a small bowl mix together 1/2 tbsp of chili powder, 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1/4 tsp of onion powder, 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp of dried oregano, 1/2 tsp of paprika, 1 tsp of ground cumin, 1 tsp of salt. and 1 tsp of ground black pepper.
  • If you like your taco soup a little spicier add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. I like to just leave some on the table. That way my family can set their own spice level.
Best taco soup in a white bowl topped with shredded chees, sour cream and Doritos.

Taco Soup

This Homemade Taco Soup Recipe is a simple meal for a week night dinner. It is so quick and easy to put together with only 8 ingredients. All you need to do is brown the ground beef and dump all the ingredients in and simmer. Then add your favorite toppings to compliment the yummy Mexican flavors.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Bean Soup, Taco Soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 521kcal
Author: Shanna

Ingredients

  • lbs ground beef
  • 1 15.25 oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 15.25 oz can of kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 15.25 oz can of whole kernel corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 15.25 oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 1 oz package of taco seasoning I use original but you can use mild or hot also.
  • 1 1 oz package of ranch seasoning.
  • 1 pint or 2 cups salsa I prefer homemade salsa but you can use any brand. Use and mild or as hot as you like!
  • cups water

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium-high heat. Brown ground beef until it is no longer pink. I like to drain excess fat after the ground beef is cooked. Place cooked cooked beef on a paper towel lined plate. This will help absorb any additional fat.
  • In a large pot add drained black beans, drained kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and drained corn. Stir to mix well.
  • Add in salsa, water, taco seasoning, dry ranch seasoning, and stir well.Heat to a boil and reduce heat to med low.
  • Add cooked hamburger back into the pot and stir to combine. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve warm and add your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 66.3g | Protein: 47.5g | Fat: 7.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1011mg | Potassium: 2069mg | Fiber: 15.8g | Sugar: 7.7g | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 22mg

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5 Comments

  1. Yummm love how simple and delicious this recipe looks! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. 5 stars
    I love how easy this recipe comes together! It is a family favorite and great for our busy weeknights.

  3. 5 stars
    I LOVE taco soup, especially when the weather starts to cool down. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    This is seriously so cozy and comforting. I am so excited about soup season, and these taco flavors are just a terrific crowd pleaser for the whole family.

  5. 5 stars
    Taco soup is such a classic and comforting recipe for this time of year. This one is hearty, simple, and oh so good!