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

A really fast and hearty soup filled with ground beef, beans, peppers, and of course taco seasoning. Simply simmer and enjoy!

a bowl of taco soup with sour cream

A Quick and Easy Soup Recipe

This easy Taco Soup Recipe combines two of my favorite things; ground beef tacos and belly-warming soup!  Ground beef is inexpensive meat for 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!

  • Ready in 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • One pot means less dishes to wash.
  • Uses simple ingredients and pantry staples.
  • This soup welcomes add ins like veggies.
  • Family friendly, it’s mild and you can add your favorite toppings

taco soup ingredients


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.

Pantry Ingredients keep this recipe quick and easy.

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.

taco soup ingredients in a pot

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 soup pot with onion. Drain any fat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the pot.
  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, or Pico de Gallo, and a sprinkle of cheddar for the perfect dinner!

taco soup in a pot

Toppings for Taco Soup

Taco Soup can be served with a bun or a slice of bread, tortilla chips, tortillas, and 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 in freezer bags in individual portions. This makes it’s easy to take one out for lunch or several out for a family meal!

bowls of taco soup


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Taco Soup Recipe

Taco Soup is a quick weeknight meal that is always a family favorite!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 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 till 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. 
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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.

Course Beef, Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American, Tex Mex

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  1. We are a plant based household, so I made some changes, and it was delicious. We used the Beyond Ground Beef, heated a Le Cruset and added a little oil and sautéed the grounds with the onions and bell pepper. Used No Beef Beef stock in place of actual beef stock and added more water since the stock was salty. I didn’t use all the tomato sauce and couldn’t find rotel tomatoes so I used diced Italian tomatoes. Spruced it up with some Mexican oregano, garlic and onion powder and YUM YUM!! Thanks so much for a very yummy take on tacos, it was perfect on this very cold and rainy day.5 stars

    1. So glad this recipe turned out great for you with your substitutions, Mellissa! We love to hear that ❤️

    1. Hi Sheryl, I would brown the ground beef then add the ingredients to the crockpot. You will have to let us know how it turns out!

  2. I made this for my family and we loved it! I also made it for my neighbors who are sick with Covid. It’s easy to made and very good. I will make it again soon.

    Thanks for this recipe

    Linda5 stars

  3. I’ve made this so many times, since finding it!! So simple yet, SO, SO GOOD!! Great to freeze, what more could 1 want!!! THANK YOU!!!5 stars

  4. This is delicious! I was skeptical that such a simple soup could be good but it is yummy. I modified it a little by using a can of South Western pinto beans and taco meat that I had in the freezer. Every thing else remained the same except I used a little cayenne. Terrific soup!5 stars

  5. Hi Holly. I want to make this delicious looking taco soup but sauce just does me in with my acid reflux. What can I use instead of sauce? Thank you.

    Gail T

    1. Any tomato type product should work (diced or crushed tomatoes, salsa etc) or even canned tomato soup if any of those work for you. Let us know how it goes!

  6. This was great. I lost my taco soup recipe, and needed a reminder of how to make it. This did the trick! It was so good, but my husband doesn’t like corn. So we added hominy. Thank you for posting this recipe. I really needed it.
    By the way, this is the first time I’ve commented on your site. I use so many of your recipes. I decided it was time to say something. Haha

    1. Thank you so much for coming by and leaving a comment Laura, I appreciate it so much! Glad you’ve loved the recipes!

  7. Best taco soup recipe! Very flavorful and love the homemade taco seasoning. I will definitely make this again and plan on making a jar of the seasoning to keep on hand.5 stars

  8. This soup is absolutely delicious and so very simple. I skipped the green peppers because hubby doesn’t like them, and I used drained van corn instead of frozen. I also used Ranch Style Pinto Beans with Jalapeño. My husband loved it. I sent it to my daughter because I just know my grandkids will love it too!5 stars