If you like tacos, you’ll love this taco soup. This taco soup recipe is ready in only 30-minutes and it is a great healthy soup to make for meal-prep. Skip the spoon and scoop this soup with your favorite tortilla chip.
We have so many amazing soup recipes on Fit Foodie Finds. Right now, our favorite soups are this Instant Pot Hamburger Soup recipe and this One Pot Golden Curry Chicken Soup. Give them a try.
The Best Taco Soup
This taco soup recipe has all of your favorite taco fixings in a bowl. It has all of the delicious taco flavors of cumin, chili powder, hot sauce, and cilantro that remind you that every taco must have.
As we started scheduling fall recipes, we knew that we wanted to really up our soup game and add healthy and nostalgic soups to the docket.
We have a good mix of brothy soups like this taco soup as well as some delicious creamy soups that will keep your belly full all winter long. First up is this delicious taco soup recipe. GET EXCITED.
Ingredients for Taco Soup
My guess is that many of you already have many of these ingredients in your pantry or in the refrigerator right now! If not, consider adding everything on this list to your next grocery list so you have everything you need for this soup on hand.
- Olive oil- just a little oil to sauté a few ingredients. Avocado oil would work, too.
- White onion– the base of many soups is onion and garlic. Don’t skip the onion.
- Ground turkey– we kept this taco soup a little leaner and used ground turkey for our protein. Feel free to use ground beef or pork instead of a richer taco soup.
- Salt– enhance all of the flavors in this soup with salt. Remember to salt in layers and keep
- Taco seasoning– you can use any taco seasoning that you would like. We prefer to use a homemade taco seasoning, but store bought would do just fine. Just remember that store bought taco seasoning tends to have more salt.
- Garlic– the goodness that garlic adds to this soup is amazing, don’t forget it.
- Black beans– drain a can of black beans or use soaked black beans that you’ve prepared yourself.
- Green chiles– green chiles add quite a bit of flavor to this taco soup. If you want a spicer soup, use canned jalapeños instead.
- Frozen corn– we like to use frozen corn instead of canned corn. It is less likely to get soggy than canned corn.
- Diced tomatoes– the tomato base of this soup comes from diced tomatoes. The chunks of tomatoes adds the perfect tomato texture to the soup.
- Tomato paste– to thicken the taco soup just a bit, we used tomato paste.
- Apple cider vinegar– we like to brighten up some of our soup recipes using apple cider vinegar. If you’re out of apple cider vinegar, white vinegar will work.
- Franks hot sauce– another way to spice up this soup is with a little hot sauce.
- Chicken broth– any broth will do when it comes to the base for this soup. Using beef broth will give you a richer and more flavorful soup.
- Cilantro– you add the cilantro right before serving to add fresh and bright flavor.
diy taco seasoning
Ditch the store-bought taco seasoning for this super flavorful clean ingredient taco seasoning. Made with the following ingredients that you likely have in your spice cupboard already:
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Coarse sea salt
- Red pepper flakes
- Ground black pepper
- Ground oregano
- Smoked paprika
Get the full homemade taco seasoning HERE.
How to Make Taco Soup
One thing I love about this soup is that it is ready in 30-minutes but also has amazing flavor. This truly is a no fuss soup.
- Sauté Ingredients. Heat a large dutch oven over medium/high heat and sauté onion, garlic, taco meat in a large dutch oven.
- Add the flavor. Add the taco seasoning to the pot and mix ingredients together until combined.
- Simmer that soup. Add the rest of your ingredients and let the soup simmer for 20 minutes.
- Top and enjoy. After the soup has simmered it is ready to eat. Top your taco soup with your favorite toppins like sour cream, cilantro, fresh lime juice, some crunchy chips, and enjoy!
Best blenders for smoothies
We highly recommend investing in a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix or Kitchen Ninja because it will make blending anything (not just smoothies!) so much easier.
Both the Vitamix and the Ninja are high-powered enough that you can drop all your smoothie ingredients in at once, and never have large chunks of kale (or other hearty ingredients) infiltrating your green smoothies again.
Easy Taco Soup Recipe Qs
Can I use other beans in this soup?
Yes, you can use any a different bean in this soup. You can also combine a few different beans and use them all in the soup. Below are different bean options.
- pinto beans
- kidney beans
- garbanzo beans
What other ingredients can I add to this soup?
You can add more veggies or protein to this soup depending on your preference. Below are some great ingredient options.
- Bell pepper- add bell pepper to the soup when you are sautéing ingredients together at the beginning.
- Mushrooms- add the mushrooms to the soup when you are sautéing ingredients together at the beginning.
- Kale or spinach- you can add chopped kale or spinach to the soup after you’ve simmered the soup. Add the kale, stir it in, and cover for 5 minutes and let the kale wilt.
- White rice- we suggest prepare the white rice separate for this version of taco soup and add it at the end before serving.
What do I serve with taco soup?
We love eating this taco soup with our favorite tortilla chips (instead of using a spoon). However, if you are looking for something more substantial to serve with this taco soup, try one of the recipes below as an appetizer or side dish.
- Guacamole– This is hands down the BEST guacamole recipe on the internet and it only requires 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time!
- Vegan Queso– This vegan queso recipe is smokey, creamy, and tastes exactly like real queso. It’s made from cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, secret roasted veggies, and hot sauce
- 7-Layer Greek Taco Dip– Looking for a healthy alternative to the traditional 7-layer dip? This Healthy 7 Layer Greek Yogurt Taco Dip is it! It’s a perfect game-day appetizer that serves a crowd, plus, it’s easy, delicious, and perfect when you need to whip up a tasty dish for friends and family!
- Healthy Enchilada Dip– Need a healthy appetizer recipe for game day or a party? Look no further than this healthy enchilada dip. It’s made with ground beef, two types of beans, and enchilada sauce.
Can I make this taco soup in a slow cooker?
We do not recommend making this soup in the slow cooker, however, we do have a delicious slow cooker taco soup coming soon to FFF! Stay tuned!
Can I substitute beef or chicken for the ground turkey?
Yes, feel free to substitute the ground turkey in this recipe with ground beef, ground turkey, or omit the meat to make it a vegetarian soup.
Let this soup cool completely before adding it to an air tight container and store it in the fridge for 5-7 days.
All you have to do to freeze this soup is make sure the taco soup is fully cooled before placing it in a freezer-safe plastic bag, stasher bag, or tuber ware container.
Make sure that you remove as much air as possible from the freezer-safe container. Mark the container with a ‘use by’ date and place it in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
How to Freeze Soup & Chili
Learn how to freeze soup and chili with this easy How to Freeze Soup tutorial. We’ll share all of our tips and tricks to perfect freezer soup.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium white onion diced
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 packet taco seasoning ~3 tablespoons taco spices
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 15-oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 4-oz. can green chiles
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon Franks Hot Sauce or more, to taste
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 fresh cilantro finely chopped
- Greek yogurt
- Shredded cheese
- Start by heating a stock large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil.
- When olive oil is fragrant, add onion. When the onion is translucent, add ground turkey, salt, and taco seasoning. Saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot (except for the cilantro) and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add cilantro, stir, and serve with your favorite soup toppings!
I plan on making this this week, but question on the black beans – is it really 25 oz? Or should it be just the standard 15 oz can?
Thank you for catching this, Janie! It should be a 15oz. can. I’ve updated the recipe 😀
Delicious, easy, and quick! Thank you for another wonderful recipe.
Delicious! Will be making this again.
Toppings ON POINT.
So easy, delicious, and fool proof! I made this all the time. I usually add in a bag of roughly torn baby kale for some extra greens (you don’t even notice it’s there!)
Made this tonight for dinner, and loved it! I have tons of leftovers for lunch all week. Thanks!!
Wow this look yummy….
These look so incredible!! I love the kind of soups
So easy to make, so filling, and the flavors are perfect! I added a bag of baby kale in at the end to get in some extra greens, and lots of extra franks on top. This will definitely be one of my go-to’s!
Made this recipe and it was amazing. I skipped the vinegar and tomato paste because I didn’t have any but it still came out great!
Glad you loved it!!
Amazing! So flavorful! Naturally I added more franks – just a hare more. Don’t skip the cilantro.
Always a good idea to add more Frank’s!
This was a wonderful recipe and would be so great for making during the week because it requires minimal prep and minimal cook time. We loved the flavor! I don’t think I would make any adjustments next time I make this recipe.
YAY! Glad you loved this <3
Oh man! This is so great. I ended up not adding the chicken broth and used it as taco filling. FFF never fails me.
i see cumin and chili powder in the grocery list but not in the recipe with the measurements…how much to you use of that? i was looking for a recipe to use up the extra taco meat i had and this looks good! thanks!
update..i guessed on the cumin and chili powder, it turned out really good, really taste a lot like chili, i did use up some chipotle peppers i had left over but still used everything else and followed the recipe exactly otherwise..thanks, good recipe
I am glad you were able to figure out the spices and we are so glad you enjoyed the recipe!
I’m in my final year of veterinary medical school, and i Meal prepped this Sunday and LOVE IT! Easy and healthy and delicious
LOVE LOVE!! Good luck in vet school <3
Can you share how many cups per serving? Thanks!
Is the recipe suppose to be 1/2 Cup of Cilantro?
This was amazing! Really easy and really yummy!! I added chipotle tabasco instead of Franks hot sauce because it’s what I had, but we LOVED it!
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