Taco Soup (The World’s Easiest Supper)

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Let me introduce you to the world’s easiest supper: taco soup. With ground beef, beans, corn, and seasoning, it’s everything you love about tacos in soup form. Basically, if you love chili or tacos, you’re bound to fall in love with this taco soup recipe.

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This recipe has the family seal of approval and it’s ridiculously easy to make. All you have to do is grab the ingredients, dump them in a pot, bring them to a boil, and let them simmer for 15 minutes. That’s it! A comforting bowl of this easy taco soup will be ready in about 30 minutes.

I always have the ingredients on hand as most of them are pantry staples. If you’d like to read how I keep shelf-stable meals on hand and organized, check out by Bags to Dishes series.

The best part is, while this is an easy taco soup recipe, it’s also extremely flavorful. With taco and ranch seasoning mixed in, this soup is jam-packed with flavor the whole family will love. Customize it however you like as well. Add a dollop of sour cream and salsa, enjoy it with a side of guacamole and corn chips, or sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top. 

If you’re feeling inspired, here are some other taco-flavored dishes I love: sweet potato and black bean tacosinstant pot beef barbacoa tacos, taco pizza, taco tot casserole, and fiesta taco salad.


Recipe Ingredients

  • Kidney beans
  • Corn
  • Ro-Tel
  • Tomato sauce
  • Ranch dressing mix
  • Taco seasoning mix
  • About a pound of beef (more if you’d like).

Helpful Kitchen Tools

I cook my beef ahead of time and freeze it in individual meal-sized portions so I just grabbed a bag from the freezer, which makes this even easier! I also dehydrate ground beef from time to time to make this recipe entirely shelf-stable.

How to Make Easy Taco Soup

Making Taco Soup
Are you ready for the instructions?

Dump all the ingredients in a pot. Don’t even drain your cans, just dump it all.

Add a cup and a half of water and stir.

Bring it to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes. Serve!

Looking for a swap for red meat? Swap the ground beef for ground turkey or rotisserie chicken!

Taco Soup

I like to eat mine with sour cream and cheese.
Taco Soup Final Picture
You can use your favorite add-ins or just eat it on its own.
This soup is delicious!!!

How To Store Taco Soup

Store your soup leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days and in the freezer for up to three months. When it’s time to serve, simply reheat either in the microwave or on the stovetop. I prefer glass leftover containers so that the chili doesn’t stain. 🙂 

Additional Tips for Perfecting Taco Soup

  1. Customize Toppings: Set up a topping bar with options like diced avocado, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, green onions, diced tomatoes, bell peppers, lime wedges, and jalapenos for a customizable experience.
  2. Vegetarian Option: Skip the meat or substitute it with lentils or an extra can of beans to make this a vegetarian-friendly taco soup.
  3. Crock Pot Method: Brown the beef and onion first, then add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hours for a convenient option.
  4. Homemade Taco Seasoning: If you prefer homemade seasoning, mix together 1 tsp each of garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper, along with 2 tsp each of dried oregano, paprika, and cumin. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  5. Add Green Chiles: For an extra flavor kick, include a can of chopped green chiles in the soup.
  6. Meat Alternatives: Feel free to use ground turkey, chicken, or pork instead of beef for a different flavor profile.

Recipe FAQs

What do you serve with taco soup?

Serve your soup with a slice of bread or tortilla chips. Alternatively, you can set out a tray of toppings and let everyone pick their own. Include toppings like diced avocado, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, green onion, diced tomato, diced bell pepper, lime wedges, and jalapenos. Another option is to serve your soup as an appetizer before a main like chicken fajitas.

Can I substitute the meat in this taco soup?

Yes, you can swap the ground beef for ground turkey, chicken, or pork if you like. You could also omit the meat completely and use a can of lentils or an extra can of beans to make this a vegetarian taco soup recipe.

Can I make this soup in the crock pot?

Yes, it will just take a lot longer. Brown your beef and onion first and then add all ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low for five to six hours. I love this slow cooker because I can transport it to family functions with its latching lid, it’s super easy to throw in the dishwasher, and the meat temp probe is so handy for cookin’ up a Sunday roast! 

Can I use different beans in this soup?

Yes, you can substitute kidney beans with pinto beans or black beans, or even use a combination of different beans.

What sides go well with taco soup?

Serve with a slice of bread or tortilla chips. You can also accompany it with a main dish like chicken fajitas for a complete meal.

Craving a comforting bowl of soup? Check out these other soup recipes:

How To Make Chicken Noodle Soup

Tomato Basil Soup Recipe (Quick, Easy and Delicious)

Italian Sausage Soup With Gluten-Free Sausage

Cauliflower Soup Recipe With Cheese

French Onion Soup (Restaurant-Style Made Easy)

Loaded Potato Soup Recipe (Rich and Flavorful)

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

Taco Soup is so incredibly quick and easy but the flavor alone will win you over. You're just not going to believe how great this tastes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: soup, taco
Servings: 4
Calories: 370kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large chopped onion cooked with beef
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes (15-ounce)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15-ounce)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • If needed, brown the ground beef and onion in a skillet.
    1 lb ground beef, 1 large chopped onion
  • Combine all ingredients into a large pot, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 15 minutes.
    1 lb ground beef, 1 large chopped onion, 2 cans kidney beans, 1 can corn, 1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes (15-ounce), 1 can tomato sauce (15-ounce), 1 packet taco seasoning mix, 1 packet ranch dressing mix, 1 1/2 cups water
  • Serve with the toppings of your choice.


Calories: 370kcal
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  1. Are you sure the can of Ro-tel is 15 oz. ? I have one that looks like what you have in the picture above, but it is only a little over 10 ounces.

  2. Oh my gosh, I just made this wonderful pot full of heaven! I love it! Actually, I made it the consistency of chili, little thicker without all of the water called for, probably used about a half cup. Since I didn’t have any canned corn, I used a small 16 oz. bag from freezer and cooked it, then added the whole bag to the pot. (I love love corn!)..Now, to finish supper, I have a big cast iron skillet full of golden cornbread to go with! <3

  3. Christie, I finally made this soup last night and it was delicious! It made a ton and we love it so much. I will be making it again and again. It’s my new favorite soup. Thank you!

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  4. I love this! Quick easy and hearty! I have a dear friend that made this for me before and I am so glad I found the recipe! I served it like she always did with shredded cheese and fritos on top. Yummy! I am so glad I found your website, so many fantastic recipes for good food on a tight budget!Thank you for sharing

  5. Thank you so much for this great easy soup recipe. I really enjoy your recipes and yours “words of wisdom” too! Keep your recipes coming – You’re the best!

  6. This sounds so good! My husband will NOT eat beans. What could I use instead? I could split it and put the beans in mine, but it would be kind of thin with out a substitute for the beans in hubbys. Any suggestions are welcome!

    1. Have you ever tried putting the beans in a blender? You will have the wonderful taste as well as the thickness they provide.

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