Quick Fix Taco Soup

Sharing a quick fix taco soup today that is perfect for busy weeknights and feeding a crowd! My easy taco soup recipe is prepared in just minutes! Top with your favorite taco toppings.

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Taco Soup

This taco soup has been a classic recipe on Picky Palate since 2008! So simple to whip up if you are in need of a quick fix dinner. I also love serving taco soup when I’m feeding a crowd. it goes a long way with your favorite toppings added to each bowl. Hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients Needed For Taco Soup

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  • extra virgin olive oil
  • onion
  • garlic
  • lean ground beef
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • chicken broth
  • black beans
  • kidney beans
  • white beans or garbanzo beans
  • Rotel mild diced tomatoes
  • corn
  • Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
  • ground cumin
  • Toppings such as sour cream shredded cheese, tortilla chips and cilantro leaves

How To Make Taco Soup

  1. Place oil into a large 5 qt dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until onions are softened. Add ground beef, salt and pepper; cook until brown and crumbled. Add chicken broth, cumin, Ranch Dressing mix, diced tomatoes, corn, black beans, kidney beans and white beans, stirring to combine. Simmer on low until ready to serve. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Top each bowl with sour cream, tortilla chips, cheese and cilantro leaves if desired.

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Saute onion and garlic for about 5 minutes until onions have softened. Use a large 5 quart heavy bottom pot to make your soup.

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Brown ground beef with onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, cooking and stirring until browned.

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Stir in broth.

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Once you’ve drained all three beans and corn, add to pot along with diced tomatoes. Add the dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix and ground cumin. Stir to combine and simmer for 20-30 minutes at the minimum before serving. When I’ve got the time, I like to simmer on low for a few hours before serving.

Can I Make This a Crockpot Taco Soup?

Yes, saute the onion and garlic on the stovetop and brown the beef. Transfer the cooked beef mixture to crockpot and add remaining ingredients (minus toppings). Close crockpot lid and let cook on low for 3-6 hours until ready to serve.

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How To Serve Easy Taco Soup

I like to set up an area with bowls of toppings for my guests. I’ll have a big bowl of tortilla chips for crushing into bowls, shredded cheese, sour cream and cilantro leaves to name a few. Other topping ideas could be chopped green onion, salsa, crumbled bacon too.

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Can I Freeze Taco Soup?

Yes, place soup into an airtight container and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw soup before re-heating.

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Quick Fix Taco Soup Recipe

My Quick Fix Taco Soup Recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and great for feeding a crowd! Serve with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $20
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  • Stove
  • Dutch Oven or large pot
  • chef knife
  • cutting board


  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mined garlic
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 32 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 ounce pkg dry Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 2 10 ounce cans rotel mild tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can corn drained
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained
  • 15 ounce can red kidney beans drained
  • 15 ounce can white beans drained


    Sour Cream

      Tortilla Chips

        Shredded Cheese

          Cilantro leaves


            • Place oil into a large 5 qt dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until onions are softened. Add ground beef, salt and pepper; cook until brown and crumbled. Add chicken broth, cumin, Ranch Dressing mix, diced tomatoes, corn, black beans, kidney beans and white beans, stirring to combine. Simmer on low until ready to serve. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Top each bowl with sour cream, tortilla chips, cheese and cilantro leaves if desired.


            Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 650mg | Potassium: 648mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg
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            48 Responses
            1. Sylvia

              I found you on Pinterest and the recipe was for the hershey’s kisses and pie crust, Kiss Pies. I went on to your site and it was fabulous!!!! You are fabulous and a beautiful girl. Thank you for all you recipes, you wonderful website and all your creativitity. Merry Christmas and keep up the good work. I have some very picky palates and you saved me. Sylvia Clark

            2. Monica

              I love, love, love this soup. I made it tonight for the second time and it was a hit. My 3 1/2 yr old ate his whole bowl with out having to be told, eat your food, eat your food, eat your food.
              I love your site. I have used several recipes and they all turned out good. Thanks for sharing!

            3. The Bahens

              I made your taco soup for dinner last night, and it was indeed quick and delicious! I left out the green bell pepper (because I hate it!) and used regular diced tomatoes instead of ro-tel. Other than that, I followed your recipe exactly. We’re adding it to our weekly rotation! Thanks!

            4. The Nielsens

              I actually had all of these ingredients in my kitchen, so I whipped it up last night for dinner and LOVED it. My husband is not a soup-lover and he went back for more. Thanks for a great recipe.

            5. Luke & Shawnie

              ok I am a daily blog stalker…I LOVE your recipes. I was just looking at your christmas party pictures and saw Bup& Bridget in your pictures! I love them! I grew up with Bups family and now am related through marraige. Small world!

            6. Elra

              What a great party! Everybody look very happy and enjoying the party.
              Soup sounds very delicious as well, especially it only takes 15 minutes to make it.
              Good luck with the move to CA, hope you’ll like our state!

            7. Jaime

              thanks for another awesome recipe. i can’t wait to try this one out. Love the pics of your family get together, looks like so much fun.

            8. Katie's blog

              That is so funny about the boots! My husband doens’t like my new boots. Love the soup – sounds like you are busy, but happy!

            9. Steph

              My husband gives me all kinds of trouble when I where my boots, but I still wear them proudly! Love em! The soup looks amazing and so perfect for our freezing weather here!

            10. Deborah

              Delicious soup!! And I’m a boot fan, and luckily my husband is too. Although I can’t fit my big, fat pregnant feet into any of them right now…

            11. Live.Love.Eat

              Soup looks awesome!!! There’s something about the Fritos on top that’s making me salivate. And you look awesome – I love that look a whole bunch. That would be my look if I could get my butt to the store to actually shop for myself. Love the boots!!!!! Good luck with all that you have going on.

            12. priscilla

              mm, what yummy looking soup. your little guys are so cute Jenny. i think they look identical to your husband. and i LOVE your boots and your dress…so cute!

            13. Little Ken

              Even though you caught someone yawning in a couple pictures, it really was fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰

              I love taco soup and can’t wait to try it with ranch seasoning in it.

            14. Allie

              You’re super woman in my eyes! I thought I didn’t have time, but you’re trying to move and you have 2 kids to keep up with so I admire you for finding time! I love a quick soup so this is gonna get added to my favorites.

            15. Jenna

              we had soup last night too. i had extra quinoa, so tossed that in with fresh herbs and one carrot, some celery and a can of diced tomatoes, served it with cheesy toast. your boys are adorable! mine are a little younger, but i LOVE being mama to two boys.

            16. Libby

              That looks so yummy! I’ll have to make that this week.

              The first thing I thought of when I saw the family picture was, “Cute boots!” You look fabulous! Good luck on your move.

            17. Dawn

              You know there are nights when I need a 15 minute creation, and it has to be something a fussy hubby can eat. This is something I will hold on to for just one of those nights. And who doesn’t love greasy Fritos? I love them

            18. Katherine Aucoin

              I like that you used corn chips. Your soup looks so yummy; a perfect cold weather treat. I’m looking forward to your baking posts.

            19. Sew Infertile

              I love your blog. I have stolen so many recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am not being sarcastic as I ask you this question, I promise, but do you eat the food you make? I am wondering how you stay so skinny. ๐Ÿ™‚

            20. The Snell Family

              Looks like you guys had an awesome weekend!! Totally loving the “hot” boots!! Where did you get your dress…I can never seem to find something thats adorable and to cover my garments :):)

            21. Sharon

              How can hubby not be a boot fan?! Your legs look great! ๐Ÿ™‚

              15 minutes for dinner sounds wonderful to me. We all need those quick meals every now and again (to keep our sanity!)

            22. Bob

              That soup looks wicked good, I bet the Fritos give it some great texture!

              Heh, I also love boots, but in a dude way. I wear either combat boots or Dr Martens all the time. I actually haven’t worn sneakers since I was in jr high.

            23. Bunny

              Any dinner that only takes 15 minutes to cook and is fantastic is a good recipe to me! It looks like you had a great time at the party!

            24. carol

              Jenny, you must be up to your eyeballs in chaos with the move and all….the 15 minute soup looks YUMMY! It’s definitely soup weather here in New England so I’m always looking for new recipes-we love Mexican so yours will be a must try!
              It looks like a fun time was had by all at the family Christmas party too!!!

            25. Mary Ann

              What a fun party- it looks like you really did marry into a great bunch! I love taco soup and so do my kids. I would love to see what all those great seasonings do for this soup. Great take on a family favorite. I hope you have a great week, Jenny!
              p.s. your boots are totally cute!

            26. Emily

              I love boots, too! I’ve been wearing them everywhere I go. I found some on sale the other day for $20, and I bought them. Unfortunately they are a size 6. Heh. So my feet are crammed in there.

              The gift exchange looks like fun. I didn’t know it was called white elephant. My friend was talking about white elephant the other day, and I didn’t know what he was talking out.

              The soup looks delicious! I love greasy Fritos.

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