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My Favorite Taco Soup Recipe

Updated on February 26, 2014

Need an Easy Recipe for Taco Soup That Everyone Will Love?

Taco soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. It's great for football or snowy days or even a quick dinner idea.

This recipe is extremely easy to put together with inexpensive ingredients, and my friends and family ask for this dish over and over. It's no wonder this dish shows up on my weekly menu plan so often!

Anyone who knows me knows that I rarely cook from recipes... I may start from a recipe, but I like to tweak and improve recipes to put my own unique stamp on them. Since my family has been asking for this recipe, I've decided to write it down and share it with others on my favorite website - Squidoo!

Below you'll find my favorite taco soup recipe (tweaked and perfected over many years) as well as other recipes from across the web. Enjoy!

taco soup recipe
taco soup recipe

About My Favorite Taco Soup Recipe

I created this recipe from a combination of taco soup recipes I found on the web and my favorite chili recipe.

My family loves my chili recipe, but I got a little bored making chili week after week, so I went back to taco soup recipes that I had collected over the years and started tweaking.

The result is a taco soup recipe that is very easy to put together (with easy to find, inexpensive ingredients), and that is also a bit heartier than many taco soup recipes.

I wanted a recipe that was a bit heartier than soup, but not quite as thick as chili, so my recipe is kind of a hybrid between the two.

I also like to use a dutch oven for this recipe, but you can use a stock pot or a slow cooker as well.

So, if you have a picky family like mine (this is the only soup recipe that my family actually requests!), then you'll love this taco soup recipe...

taco soup
taco soup

The Ingredients

As you'll see this is a very easy recipe, with easy to find ingredients found at any grocery store. It's also a very economical recipe:

1 to 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef *

1 small onion, chopped

1 package taco seasoning mix (I like Williams, but you can use your favorite brand)

1 can crushed tomatoes (I only use about half the can, and freeze the rest for another recipe) *

1 can tomato sauce

1 can Rotel diced tomatoes

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained

1 (15 oz) can red beans, drained

Tortilla chips

Cheddar cheese

Sour cream (optional)

Green onion, chopped (optional)

* Using 1 1/2 lbs ground beef and half a can of crushed tomatoes make this a heartier recipe (like a chili recipe) than your traditional taco soup recipes.

Putting It All Together

1. In a skillet or dutch oven, over medium heat, cook the ground beef and onion until the beef is browned. Important: season your ground beef while cooking with salt and pepper. For hotter taco soup, you may also want to use cayenne pepper.

2. If you're using a crock pot, transfer the beef mixture to the slow cooker. If you're using a dutch oven, continue to the next step.

3. Add the taco seasoning, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, Rotel, beans, and corn.

4. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours (if using dutch oven), or 4-6 hours if using a slow cooker.

5. Serve with tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, sour cream and chopped green onions.

Or Make Your Own Taco Seasoning - With these taco seasoning recipes

Want to make your own taco seasoning instead of using a package? Here are some great taco seasoning recipes I found on the web... enjoy!

chicken taco soup
chicken taco soup

Chicken Taco Soup

For those of you who prefer chicken taco soup, here's a great recipe I found and modified from

This is a recipe for your crock pot or slow cooker, and has many of the same ingredients as my beef taco soup, but with shredded chicken instead. This taco soup is made mostly with canned ingredients, so if you already have some leftover chicken on hand, this is a very fast recipe to assemble; just let your crock pot do all the work!


1 onion, chopped

1 (16 ounce) can chili beans

1 (15 ounce) can black beans

1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

2 (10 ounce) cans Rotel, undrained

1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning

3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts shredded


1. Place the chopped onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, Rotel tomatoes and taco seasoning in your crock pot. Place the chicken breasts on top of the mixture (make sure chicken breasts are covered so they cook evenly).

2. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.

3. Remove the chicken breasts from the soup, shred the chicken. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 more hours.

4. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired.

Tortilla Soup Recipes

At my first job out of college, I worked for a pretty large firm that had a cafeteria for it's employees. The all-time favorite dish prepared at this cafeteria - and this was everyone's favorite, not just mine - was tortilla soup. You always knew when it was tortilla soup day. I can still taste those tortilla strips today!

If you're not familiar with tortilla soup it's basically a chicken soup (think chicken taco soup) with fried tortilla strips on top. Yummy! Here are a few of my favorite tortilla soup recipes:


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love taco soup, but only had one recipe. Now I have more to try. Thank you.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Sounds like a winner because I like tacos and I like soup

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Never had a taco soup before! Sound good.

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      EbizTaxTips LM 4 years ago

      @espressoman lm: If you like chili, you'll love taco soup! My husband requests taco soup more than he does chili now :)

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      espressoman lm 4 years ago

      I've had tacos of course and even taco salad and taco pizza, but I have never had taco soup. It sounds delicious.

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      BradKamer 5 years ago

      Tasty lens. The chicken taco soup recipe on here sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      I have never eaten taco soup but this looks so good I will have to try it. Yum! Hopefully the family will enjoy it.

      I have added this link to my lens Picking The Right Crockpot so that they will have a yummy meal to cook in their new crockpot.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Mmmmmm sounds great. The best Taco soup I ever had was in a restaurant in Mexico City, and it came with all the "bits" on a plate for you to add yourself - the taco strips, chillis, green onions, cheese etc. It was amazing. This is always a great soup to fill you up. Must have a go at these recipes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fantastic look at a hearty soup that I love to eat! Easy to make but I enjoy the complexity of it when I eat it at a restaurant too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      YUM! YUM!! Shared this lens on my Facebook page, Everyday Exotic Spices. Check out my lens by the same name.

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      hibbity 5 years ago

      A little lime juice may perk it up a bit!

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      Perfect for those cold days that are coming.

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      AceofHearts 6 years ago

      I added your Taco Soup lens to my featured lens on my New Mexico Tourist Site page! Thanks it great.

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      Trudy 6 years ago

      I haven't made Taco Soup in a while, but now I'm hungry for it. I will try your great version soon. Thanks for sharing.

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      Great recipes..thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'll be trying this during the week - yum yum

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      mehulsey lm 6 years ago

      Delicious...and healthy too, if you don't add too many fritos or sour cream

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      thisisamyc lm 6 years ago

      I used to love taco soup when I was in Mexico, I've never made it myself but gonna give your recipe a try, thanks!

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      Taco soup? Why haven't I thought of this sooner? Great idea

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      MirandaBrooks LM 6 years ago

      That looks very yummy :) Great lens

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      Great recipe, you just made me hungry.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Fantastic recipe lens and featured now on Holiday Cooking.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Oh Yummm, I'm making this soup this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      This sounds yummy, and I will try it soon. Thanks for the lens!

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Taco soup! Sounds very tasty. Nice lens.

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      EbizTaxTips LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks mcochs! My 2nd lens to be blessed by a SquidAngel - I'm excited!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Looks delicious! Awesome lens-Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on12/31/2010. Have a great day!

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      stefanruse 6 years ago

      Thank you for the great recipe. I will try it next time.

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      TheCountrySignS 6 years ago

      I love taco soup, I will try your recipe next time I make it. Thanks!

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Looks good!

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      WinWriter 6 years ago

      The recipes look delicious. Yummm. So glad it's getting cold and I can start making hearty soups in the crockpot!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      Taco soup ~ great idea! Will have to try this out with the kids this winter and see how they like it. I might do a crock pot variation.

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      bobtyndall 7 years ago

      Good stuff. I have a few recipe lenses as well as a few blogs. I like taco soup. 5*****

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Your taco soup recipe looks delicious.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Looking for a quick and easy soup recipe.

      I found it!



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      EbizTaxTips LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to TacoRecipes] Linda - good point about using your own seasoning instead of a package. I was trying to keep this recipe as simple as possible, but adding taco seasoning recipes to this lens would be a great addition. Thanks for the idea!

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      TacoRecipes 8 years ago

      Nice recipe, but would be even better with your own seasoning instead of the packages purchased in the shop.


      Linda at tasty taco recipes

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      California_Dreamin 8 years ago

      Like you say, this recipe looks simple and delicious. Thanks a lot.