Quick Fix Taco Soup

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This easy taco soup recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and feeding a crowd! Taco soup is a flavor packed Mexican style soup prepared in just minutes! It’s perfect topped with your favorite taco toppings. We love serving our soup with a side of warm quesadillas too!

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Easy Taco Soup Recipe

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!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This taco soup recipe takes just minutes to prepare.
  • It’s perfect for feeding a large group!
  • There are many topping ideas so there’s something for everyone!
  • It’s great for back to school, Fall and Sunday dinners!

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What You’ll Need

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this easy taco soup recipe at home. See the recipe card located at the bottom of the post for full instructions.

  • extra virgin olive oil– The olive oil is used to saute the vegetables.
  • onion– Finely chop the onion before sauteeing.
  • garlic– Mince your own fresh garlic or use the minced garlic in the jar that’s available in the produce section of the grocery store.
  • lean ground beef- 80% lean or higher works best. Less fat to drain.
  • kosher salt– Kosher salt is a coarse salt commonly used in cooking and baking.
  • black pepper– For best tasting results use freshly cracked black pepper.
  • chicken broth– Look for reduced sodium chicken broth for the soup.
  • black beans– Wash and drain the black beans before adding to the soup.
  • kidney beans– Wash and drain the kidney beans before adding to soup.
  • white beans or garbanzo beans– Drain and wash the white beans before adding to soup.
  • Rotel mild diced tomatoes– Rotel comes in mild and original which is pretty spicy. I prefer the mild tomatoes.
  • corn– Drain can of corn before adding to soup.
  • Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix– Find the Ranch Dressing Seasoning mix in the salad dressing section of the grocery store.
  • ground cumin– Ground cumin adds a nice smoky flavor to the soup.
  • Toppings– Sour cream shredded cheese, tortilla chips and cilantro leaves to name some.

How To Make Taco Soup

Add Olive Oil To Large Pot. Place oil into a large 5 qt dutch oven over medium heat.

Cook Onions and Garlic. Saute onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until onions are softened.

Brown Ground Beef. Add ground beef, salt and pepper; cook until brown and crumbled.

Add Taco Soup Ingredients. Stir in 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.

Season. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Garnish. Top each bowl with sour cream, tortilla chips, cheese and cilantro leaves if desired.

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.

taco soup in soup pot

Recipe Tips For Success

  • Use a lean ground beef for the soup. I rarely have to drain my lean ground beef.
  • You can substitute the meat in the recipe or even omit it for a vegetarian version.
  • If you have other vegetables in the refrigerator that need using, add them to the soup too. We love adding diced zucchini and other peppers too.
  • Simmer the soup a good hour before serving to really incorporate the flavors.

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.

taco soup in soup pot

How To Store Leftovers

Refrigerate. Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Reheating Instructions. Reheat soup in a heat proof bowl, covered in the microwave for 60 seconds, or until hot.

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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5 from 1 vote

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 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $25
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  • Stove
  • Dutch Oven or large pot
  • chef knife
  • cutting board
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing spoon
  • strainer for beans and corn if needed


  • 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
            Keywords: easy dinner ideas, easy taco soup, easy taco soup recipe, taco soup, taco soup recipe

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            50 Responses
            1. 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!

            2. 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…

            3. 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.

            4. 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!

            5. 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.

            6. 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.

            7. 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.

            8. 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.

            9. 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

            10. Mary

              I love the pictures of your boys and a recipe for a quick soup is always nice to have. It’s hard to beat a 15 minute dinner.

            11. 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.

            12. 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™‚

            13. 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 :):)

            14. 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!)

            15. 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.

            16. 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!

            17. 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!!!

            18. 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!

            19. 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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