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Easy Taco Soup

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This taco soup recipe is delicious, hearty and filling – perfect for the cool Fall and winter weather! I guarantee, once you try this recipe, you’ll agree that this is the best easy taco soup recipe you’ll ever make! 

Soup and fall go hand in hand. The second that cold weather sets in, I automatically crave a bowl of warm soup. It is just such a cozy and comforting food that goes so well with this time of year. I am always looking for new soup recipes and ideas especially since I really do make soup so frequently- I need to switch it up!

The other day I was thinking about making soup but then I remembered it was Tuesday- Taco Tuesday to be specific. I like making tacos on Tuesday not only because it is just fun to say, but I also like having at least one day a week when I don’t have to think about what to make for dinner. It’s Tuesday? It’s tacos. Easy enough.

easy taco soup recipe

But what about when I really want a delicious fall soup but it is also our household traditional taco night? Make homemade taco soup of course! That’s right, tacos as soup! It’s actually a thing! And, it is really amazing. All the flavors that you love in tacos are cooked and served in a big, hearty bowl of soup that will not only change your taco Tuesday, but also help you celebrate the fall season. This soup is exactly what I needed.

easy taco soup recipe

My taco soup recipe is extremely easy to make (just another reason to love it!). You need many of the same ingredients that you use for tacos plus a few more “soupy” ingredients:

  • ground beef
  • onion
  • tomato juice
  • sugar
  • corn
  • taco seasoning
  • canned chili beans

Those main ingredients will meld into a perfect, zesty soup, however, you may want to add a few more taco-touches. I serve my homemade taco soup with broken pieces of tortilla chips to add a little crunch, a little saltiness and a little more of that taco taste my family loves. Grated cheese sprinkled over the soup is also a must. The cheese melts into the soup and not only adds flavor but also a tasty, gooey-ness that only cheese can make.

Sliced jalapenos, avocado and sour cream are also always up for grabs when I serve my taco soup recipe. I put a little bowl of each on the table and let my family garb whatever they’d like. This soup is just as customizable as tacos! It ideal to serve for a big group since everyone may have a different idea on how to make the perfect taco, or the perfect bowl of easy taco soup!

easy taco soup recipe

There are two ways to make this taco soup recipe and both are pretty simple so you can choose which method you want to use. You can opt to make the whole soup on the stovetop, cooking the soup in about 30 minutes. Or, you can use your slow cooker and let the soup develop a rich flavor over 2-3 hours. Both methods work wonderfully and I have made the soup with great success both ways. Slow cooker for when I want to just throw ingredients in a bowl and go, stovetop for when I will be in the kitchen a while and available to stir the soup more often.

easy taco soup recipe

No matter which cooking method you choose, the recipe starts off by browning the ground beef. Browning the meat will add a lot of flavor to the soup since browned meat is actually “caramelized”. This gives the salty beef a little natural sweetness. The beef is then put into a large Dutch oven or into the crockpot. All of the other soup ingredients are tossed in and mixed together. That’s it! Your soup is ready to cook. I told you it was easy!

After the soup has had time to simmer, it is ready to pour into bowls and serve with your favorite taco toppings. Any soup let overs can be stores in the fridge for about a week or frozen to enjoy within 2 months. I highly recommend making a big batch of this soup and freezing some so you can quickly enjoy it all fall.

Taco soup really is a perfect way to enjoy taco night but also get that warm fall bowl of soup you are probably craving. I know that this cold weather makes me want soup every day! Give this tasty, taco soup recipe a try and let me know what you think. Your taco nights at home may never be the same!


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Easy Taco Soup

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (48 oz) tomato juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar, or a little less depending on taste
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 package taco seasoning or 2 tablespoons
  • 1 can (16 oz) chili beans
  • *For serving options:
  • tortilla chips
  • corn chips
  • sour cream
  • grated cheese
  • avocado, diced
  • jalapenos, sliced


  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion, drain if necessary
  2. While beef is cooking, add all ingredients to dutch oven or crockpot
  3. Add beef and onion to pot and stir well
  4. Cook on stovetop for 15-30 minutes; or cook in a slow cooker 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high
  5. Serve with toppings of your choice.
  6. Enjoy!


easy taco soup recipe

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    11/17/2020 / 11:39 am

    I think this sounds like a tasty recipe. I’ve never had a taco soup before.

  2. katrina m kroeplin
    11/03/2020 / 10:33 pm

    This soup looks really good! I will have to save this for later.

  3. 11/02/2020 / 11:03 pm

    Jocelyn, I live in Mexico and even here, I never heard about taco soup! Will definitely try this and see how the Mexicans react. HAHAHA! Thank you for sharing! Hope you can also do a vegetarian version.

  4. Kita Bryant
    11/01/2020 / 6:12 am

    Now this is some good looking soup. I would love to make a batch of this.

  5. 10/30/2020 / 5:53 am

    This is perfect for the cold weather we’ve been having lately! I can’t get enough soup!

  6. 10/30/2020 / 5:47 am

    Being a lover of taco and just any soup would love to try it in one ☺️

  7. 10/30/2020 / 1:25 am

    This looks so delicious! I cannot wait to try it next winter!

  8. Jazmine Hazegawa
    10/29/2020 / 11:25 pm

    Never tried this kind of soup. It looks so tasty and delicious! I would love to try this recipe. Nom nomm

  9. 10/29/2020 / 3:03 pm

    We love tacos over here and I do love a good soup during the cold months. Haven’t tried preparing taco soup, though. Looks good!

  10. Heather
    10/29/2020 / 1:44 pm

    This looks perfect for a cold night! Love all of the flavors in this soup. Making this week.

  11. Mayuri
    10/29/2020 / 10:43 am

    I might just replace beef with meat as I don’t eat beef. I am going to try this recipe as it looks so sumptuous. Thanks for sharing!

  12. 10/29/2020 / 8:57 am

    Ooohhhh….you have successfully managed to win me over with trying out this soup. I surely will make it and get back you you!

  13. 10/29/2020 / 4:48 am

    I’ve never had taco soup before! It sounds delicious. I need to give it a try someday. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  14. 10/29/2020 / 3:39 am

    This easy taco soup looks like a simple option to make instead of tacos on taco Tuesday. I think it will be great especially during a cold winter night.

  15. monica y
    10/29/2020 / 2:09 am

    Now that the weather is colder I am in the mood for soup, so I will be making this recipe this weekend

  16. 10/28/2020 / 10:50 pm

    HOLY MOLY! This looks delicious. I’m supposed to make enchiladas on Saturday and I may need to add this to our menu. Y U M!

  17. 10/28/2020 / 7:40 pm

    I love Taco Soup. I make it every fall. It is so easy to prepare and tastes amazing!

  18. 10/28/2020 / 7:01 pm

    I never try taco soup before. This is looks tasty. I would love to try this recipe shortly. Thank for sharing this.

  19. Catalina
    10/28/2020 / 4:51 pm

    I need a soup like this for dinner tonight. I love that it’s hearty and flavorful! Delicious!

  20. 10/28/2020 / 4:44 pm

    Looks yummy. taco soup is perfect for cold season. i will try this recipe.

  21. 10/28/2020 / 2:43 pm

    I love this! We will be having this recipe this week. I have avocados as well as some tortilla strips that will make perfect toppings.

  22. Ryan Escat
    10/28/2020 / 2:19 pm

    I love beans so much. This one looks so savory, I think it’s perfect for Christmas or New Year’s Eve.

  23. Nikki Wayne
    10/28/2020 / 1:55 pm

    I loved that you even shared pics of the preparation. It looks so delicious.

  24. 10/28/2020 / 1:52 pm

    I’ve never had taco soup, but I want to give this a try. It looks delicious!

  25. 10/28/2020 / 12:33 pm

    This looks a lot like my husband’s taco soup, and it’s one of my favorites! I like it much more than chili.

  26. Jen
    10/28/2020 / 11:53 am

    Yum, taco soup sounds amazing. And it’s the perfect time of year. We’ll have to give this a try!

  27. 10/28/2020 / 9:58 am

    I have never had taco soup, but I love tacos. This sounds like a fun and easy dinner recipe that my whole family would eat.

  28. 10/28/2020 / 8:48 am

    Reading this post makes me hungry. Very easy to follow recipe perfect for this chilly weather here to get some soup. 👌

  29. 10/28/2020 / 8:32 am

    Mmm looks amazing and appetizing. I will probably switch from meat to quorn instead when I try this out to make it veggie friendly. Thank you for sharing this delight!

  30. Tasheena
    10/28/2020 / 8:05 am

    I’ve never tried making taco soup before. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

  31. Ruth I
    10/28/2020 / 7:58 am

    This taco soup looks delicious. I love mexican foods for their tasty flavors. I’d love to try this amazing recipe, I’m curious about how this one’s gonna taste.

  32. 10/28/2020 / 5:42 am

    This taco soup looks and sounds so amazing! I love taco soup and this recipe definitely looks like the best one!

  33. 10/28/2020 / 5:06 am

    This looks perfect for these chilly days!

  34. 10/28/2020 / 4:57 am

    Definitely the warmth of the soup needed in this gloomy weather! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  35. Kita Bryant
    10/28/2020 / 3:03 am

    Taco soup is so easily overlooked. I would really love to make your recipe; it looks really delicious!

  36. 10/28/2020 / 1:22 am

    Tacos are such a wonderful and versatile food. A taco soup sounds like a wonderful, warm, and loving thing to eat with one’s family.

  37. 10/27/2020 / 11:36 pm

    I have to admit I’ve never had taco soup but it sounds delicious and just the perfect soup idea for autumn I need to try it.

  38. Pam Wattenbarger
    10/27/2020 / 11:32 pm

    Taco soup is a huge hit at our house when the weather turns chilly. I’ll be making a big pot of this soon.

  39. 10/27/2020 / 10:31 pm

    It snowed here yesterday so it is a perfect day for soup. This soup sounds delicious.

  40. Amber Myers
    10/27/2020 / 9:38 pm

    I love making this soup! I have a recipe I use, but I’ll try this one. We love having soup when it’s cold out.

  41. 10/27/2020 / 9:19 pm

    I love taco soup! This recipe looks amazing, I can’t wait to give it a try. And it always tastes better the next day.

  42. 10/27/2020 / 8:54 pm

    I love the flavors here! I’m vegan, and I have a great textured protein that cooks just like beef. It’s going to be perfect in this.

  43. Ben
    10/27/2020 / 8:51 pm

    Aww yeah. I’m making this for sure. I grew up having taco soup all winter long. It’s such a great food on a cold day.

  44. 10/27/2020 / 8:43 pm

    That sounds delicious! This is perfect for the cold New York winters we go through.

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