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.
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
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!
What not to use in a brine
We try to avoid any vinegar (even apple cinder vinegar) or acidic ingredients (like lemon or oranges). Those ingredients tend to start prematurely cook the turkey while its in the brine.
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.
- 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
- 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!
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1/6 Calories: 284 Sugar: 5 Sodium: 463 Fat: 11 Carbohydrates: 25 Fiber: 7 Protein: 21 Cholesterol: 53
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