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This Easy Taco Soup is full of flavor, hearty, and perfect for any night of the week! Make it on the stovetop in 30 minutes or use your slow cooker and come home to a delicious meal!

This Easy Taco Soup is big on flavor, hearty, and only takes 30 minutes to make! Or make it in the slow cooker and come home to a delicious meal! #soup #easy #healthy #taco

*Originally published January 2016. Photos updated and video added*

This easy taco soup is a lifesaver!  It can be made both on the stovetop and in the slow cooker.

So, maybe you are on your way home and don’t know what to make for dinner, but you do know it needs to be something quick!

Make this taco soup using the stove top version and dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes!

Or you can throw everything into the crockpot and come home to an amazing bowl of soup!  Both are great options, and I often take the slow cooker route. 🙂

Some other great soups I have are Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatball SoupSlow Cooker Chicken Sausage, and Shrimp Gumbo, and Creamy Cajun Potato Soup <-(my husband really enjoys this one and he’s not a soup fan either!)

This Easy Taco Soup can be made in the slow cooker or on the stovetop (which only takes 30 minutes!). It's hearty, full of flavor, healthy, and great for any day of the week! #crockpot #soup #easy #beef

Taco Soup made in the Crockpot

As I mentioned earlier, this soup can easily be made in a slow cooker. Just brown your meat, then dump everything in, cover, and cook on HIGH 4-6 hours or LOW 8 hours.

You can also place the ground beef in the crockpot raw. Just be sure to use lean ground beef.

Place ground beef in the slow cooker and break it up into medium/small chunks. Continue by adding the remaining ingredients and cook the same.

This Easy Taco Soup is a great weeknight meal! It only takes 30 minutes to make or you can use your slow cooker to do the work for you. It's hearty, full of flavor, and perfect for any night of the week! #crockpot #soup #beef #taco

The texture of the meat will be softer than the meat that has been browned.

This Easy Taco Soup can be made in 30 minutes or less! Or make it in the slow cooker and come home to a delicious hearty meal! #soup #easy #taco #healthy

Quick and Easy Soup

Now, there are sooo many options for serving this wonderful bowl of goodness.

Top it with avocado, guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro, chips…… basically, anything you would top your tacos with you can put on top of this soup!

My kids are not soup fans, but they do like this soup.

Well, actually, in their words, “Mom, we don’t like it, we love it!”

I remember the first time they used that line on me.

They said the first half and then paused for a while, you know, for effect, then finished.  Where do they learn these things?  Little stinkers!!

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This Easy Taco Soup is big on flavor, hearty, and only takes 30 minutes to make! Or make it in the slow cooker and come home to a delicious meal! #soup #easy #healthy #taco

Easy Taco Soup

Course: Slow Cooker, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot, slow cooker, taco soup
This Easy Taco Soup is full of flavor, hearty, and perfect for any night of the week! Make it on the stovetop in 30 minutes or use your slow cooker and come home to a delicious meal! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 + servings
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
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  • 1 pound (500g) lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups (946ml) beef or chicken broth or stock
  • 1 (15 oz) (432g) corn, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) (425g) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) (425g) chili beans in chili sauce
  • 1 (28 oz) (793g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (4 oz) (113g) chopped green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder
  • Salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste



  • In a large dutch oven or pot brown the ground beef and onions until meat is no longer pink. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. 
  • Add remaining ingredients. Cover with lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with toppings of choice. Can also be simmered longer if desired, just stir occasionally.


  • Place raw ground beef in the bottom of the crockpot and break up into small chunks (or if you prefer you can brown it). Add in all other ingredients except toppings and stir together. 
  • Cover with lid and cook on high 4-6 hours or low 8-10 hours. Serve with desired toppings.



  1. Total time reflects stove top version.
  2. Freezer Friendly: Place in a freezer-safe container once cooled. Freeze for up to 2-3 months. Thaw and reheat as needed. 
  3. Topping suggestions: sour cream, chopped cilantro, chopped onions, shredded cheddar, crushed tortilla chips, avocado…….
What to serve with Easy Taco Soup


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 649mg | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2.5mg

121 thoughts on “Easy Taco Soup + VIDEO”

  1. 5 stars
    Great taco soup recipe. Quick and easy. The only changes I made were using taco seasoning and I used frozen corn. Turned out great! Thank you!

  2. Thanks for such a simple idea I had not even thought of. We love Chicken Tortilla soup, and being Winter in Australia atm I want to change up our weekly Taco Tuesday. I will be back for my family’s reaction. 😊

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe was perfect! I did modify and use half chicken half beef broth just because that’s what I had in my fridge and then I omitted the seasonings and just added a packet of taco seasoning. It was perfect! Ate it all week for lunch and didn’t get sick of it. Thank you.

  4. Made taco soup for the first time, loved it whole family did to. And I have one very picky eater. Will make this again 5 stars

    • I am sorry at this time I don’t know how much a single serving is. When I make this again I will try to remember to measure it out.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday. Great for any day. My son loved it as well. I used my home canned pinto beans. Added some hot crushed peppers. Broth is excellent either chicken or beef.

    • Yes, it works best to bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. By not hot enough are you meaning temperature or spiciness? If you want it spicier feel free to add in cayenne pepper or chop a jalapeno.

  6. 4 stars
    Made soup exactly as recipe stated.Was a little bland so added packet of taco seasoning.
    I would think it should of had tomato paste?
    Overall good.

  7. If I wanted to pressure can this recipe what changes will I need to make? I’ve made this recipe in the past and we love it. I’ve frozen it but would like to try pressure canning.

  8. I’m looking forward to trying this……sounds yummy! But was wondering if I could add Chorizo? Any thoughts?

  9. 5 stars
    Great recipe!! The chili with beans are a tasty addition! Brings the flavors together nicely. A great and easy tout together soup!
    This is my second time making your dish and my husband requests it often. Oh, and he has to have a few test samples before dinner 🤣 Make sure I’m doing things right!😂 Thank you!

    • Lol, that sounds like my husband! He loves to taste test as well!! Thanks for sharing and so glad you like it!

  10. I used to make a taco soup, years ago, would use the ground beef from making regular tacos the night before & just add a can of Campbell’s Alphabet vegetable soup to it+ doctor it up a bit I ( & family) liked the combination of vegetable soup, taco seasonings in the ground beef & maybe onions

  11. 5 stars
    I want to make this to serve around 30+ people for my daughters birthday party! I have a 7qt slow cooker. Should I just double the recipe? And will that change the cook time at all? Ive never used it before, so I don’t know how it all works! Thanks!

    • Depending on the age of the girls and if you are serving other foods, I think I would triple it. Do you know anyone you could borrow crockpots from if you don’t have enough?


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