Taco Soup – 8 ingredients!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings

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This easy Taco Soup is made with just 8 ingredients and minimal prep! It’s hearty and comes together in 30 minutes or less.

taco soup in white bowl with blue rim up close with chips and lime wedges
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  1. How to make Instant Pot Taco Soup:
  2. How to make Crockpot Taco Soup:
  3. How to make Chicken Taco Soup:
  4. More variations on this easy Taco Soup recipe:
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Our next soup recipe in my 6 Ingredient Suppers series is this ridiculously easy Taco Soup.

I’m going to be totally honest and say that when I dumped the 6 ingredients for this Taco Soup into the pot I thought to myself, “this probably won’t be that great”, because how can you make a good soup, of all things, with just 6 ingredients?

Soup is one of those things that seems to always require a ton of ingredients, prep, chopping, and also a lot of time simmering away on the stove or in the crockpot.

But when I tasted it, I was sort of amazed.

It had great flavor — some spice from the taco seasoning and the salsa, some sweetness from the corn and the salsa, the beef and beans made it hearty and filling.

Add some toppings of your choice and it is one of our new favorite dinners!

taco soup two bowls on white background with cilantro chips and lime wedges

Now obviously with a 6 ingredient recipe there are lots of ways to add little extras, and I will never judge you for taking a simple recipe and making it your own! (and I’ve included lots of ideas down below).

But this easy Taco Soup is also an incredible meal all on its own 😉

If you loved the Slow Cooker Vegetarian Burritos or Italian Beef from 6 Ingredient Slow Cooker meals, you’ll love this Taco Soup!

How to make Instant Pot Taco Soup:

This Taco Soup is easily made in the Instant Pot!

  1. Brown your ground beef in the Instant Pot on saute.
  2. Add your broth and scrape the bottom to remove any bits.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and select pressure cook on high for 2 minutes.
  4. When the cook time is over, let the pressure release naturally for at least 5-10 minutes (just because soup can be very steamy), then open the valve and remove the lid to serve.

How to make Crockpot Taco Soup:

This easy Taco Soup is also a perfect crockpot soup recipe!

  1. Brown your ground beef in a skillet, then add to a 3-4 quart slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, and cook on low for 3-4 hours (you can leave it longer and it won’t hurt anything, or on high for 1.5-2 hours.
  3. Serve.
taco soup in pot with scoop being pulled out

How to make Chicken Taco Soup:

If you want to swap the ground beef for chicken, you can!

Add all of the ingredients to a large pot and throw in two whole, raw chicken breasts. Simmer over medium-low heat until chicken is tender.

Remove chicken breasts, shred, and add back into the soup to serve.

More variations on this easy Taco Soup recipe:

  • When I’m serving this to my kids, I stir in some heavy cream to cool it off and reduce the spice.
  • You can stir in some tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes for a thicker soup.
  • Use spicy or mild salsa for more or less heat.
  • Add in additional veggies if desired: mushrooms, peppers, spinach, or whatever you think you’d like to eat in your taco soup!
  • Add in some quick rice and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or long grain rice and simmer 20-30 minutes until tender for a thicker soup.
  • Rice is also a great swap for the meat if you want to make this Taco Soup vegetarian but still stick-to-your-ribs hearty.
  • Top it up! For me, this soup is all about the toppings, but toppings are optional and additional ingredients. Try cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, fresh tomato and lime wedges.
taco soup with toppings

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Easy Taco Soup recipe

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This easy Taco Soup is made with just 8 ingredients and minimal prep! It's hearty and comes together in 30 minutes or less.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American, Mexican
Course Main Course, Soup
Servings 6 servings
Calories 217cal


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • ½ onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 ½ cups low sodium beef broth
  • 540 ml canned black beans drained and rinsed (19oz)
  • 341 ml canned sweet corn with juice (12oz)
  • 1 cup mild tomato salsa
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a large soup pot, brown ground beef with red pepper and onion over medium heat. Drain any excess fat if desired.
  • Add broth, beans, corn, salsa, taco seasoning and salt. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. until vegetables are tender.
  • Serve with optional toppings: tortilla chips, shredded cheese, avocado, lime wedges, or sour cream.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 313grams | Calories: 217cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1046mg | Potassium: 882mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 851IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg
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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Jayne R. Muich says

    My family & I really loved this recipe! My only change was adding a cup of medium salsa in place of the cup of water in the sauce recipe. It added r
    thickness and a little spice to the sauce!

  2. Debbie Smith says

    I just made this recipe and it was delicious. I used Herdez Salsa Casera in a jar for the salsa and it was just wonderful. Very easy to make and definitely worth making again.

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