Easy Taco Soup Recipe

February 18, 2019 (Last Updated: August 13, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

This Easy Taco Soup recipe is so simple and quick! A perfect weeknight meal that doesn’t skimp on flavor, but gives you extra time to do other awesome stuff.

Overhead picture of two bowls of our easy taco soup

This Easy Taco Soup Recipe is everything a family wants in an easy weeknight dinner. Preparation is super simple and it is done in a half hour. We are cooking this in one pot and clean up is super easy! The best part is that it tastes absolutely fabulous. If your family is into taco flavors, this Easy Taco Soup Recipe is perfect for you.

What Makes this Recipe Great

First and foremost, this is a super tasty soup. I really tried to make this soup as close to a taco as possible, in that when a person takes a spoonful, they are going to get that nice taco flavoring. Additionally, we were able to use our homemade Taco Seasoning, but if you prefer to use taco seasoning packets, please do so.


A picture of all the ingredients listed in the recipe below

Taco Soup Toppings

When I think of a modern taco, I think primarily of the taco shell and the seasoned meat, but that is not all there is to a taco. It is common to find cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, peppers, or lettuce on them, as well. You can incorporate these flavors into this soup! Just serve them as a garnish and you will be good to go.

For the purposes of my recipe and counting calories, I am going to only include tortilla chips as an essential ingredient. Beyond that, I think you should go wild. I encourage you to have fun with it and help create that distinct taco flavor. If you think it belongs in a taco, try adding it as a topping.

Chili Vs Taco Soup

One of the struggles I had when first thinking about this dish is how to separate it from chili. Chili has many of the same seasoning, ingredients, and really is very similar. I don’t, however, think them to be the same.

My taco soup is different from chili in two different ways. First, there is the broth. When I think of chili, I think of a thick, hearty, bean and beef stew that has many chili flavorings. With our taco soup, we are striving to make it more of a broth-based soup. So, while we are still using beans and chili powder (from the taco seasoning), it has a beef broth that clearly separates it from chili.

Second, with this taco soup, I am trying to closely imitate taco flavors. While tacos and chili share many ingredients, tacos still taste distinctly different than chili. My ratios of seasonings are different in my chili and I don’t use my homemade taco seasoning in my chili. I also encourage you to put toppings on this taco soup that make it feel more like a taco.

Overhead shot of a single bowl of taco soup.

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Easy Taco Soup Recipe

Overhead picture of two bowls of our easy taco soup

This simple one-pot Easy Taco Soup Recipe might just become a family favorite. It is a quick and tasty meal that has barely any cleanup! The best part is that it tastes great.

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 Bowls of Soup 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: One Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 1 Pound beef
  • 1 Packet taco Seasoning or Homemade Taco Seasoning.
  • 32 Ounces beef stock
  • 10 Ounces Rotel Diced tomatoes with Green Chilis
  • 1 15 Ounce Can drained black beans
  • 1 15 Ounce Can drained pinto beans
  • 1 2.25 Ounce can black olives, sliced
  • 4 Ounce can diced green chilis
  • 12 tortilla chips


  1. Heat Large Soup Pot over medium-high heat
  2. Add beef. Cook and stir 5-7 minutes until crumbly and brown.
  3. While browning, open all cans and containers. Strain if indicated.
  4. Add taco seasoning per packet instructions or use homemade taco seasoning instructions.
  5. Add Beef stock and stir
  6. Add rest of ingredients, minus tortilla chips.
  7. Simmer for 15 minutes to a half hour.
  8. Garnish with tortilla chips, any other toppings, and serve!


Options for other toppings include shredded cheese, avocado, lettuce, peppers, or sour cream

Keywords: Taco Soup Recipe

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  • Reply
    March 2, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Such a fun way to switch up our Taco Tuesday dinner! Looks so hearty and delicious.

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    March 2, 2019 at 11:25 am

    This soup is so flavorful and delicious!! Thank you!

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    March 2, 2019 at 11:45 am

    I used to make a refried bean soup all the time, I love those the whole taco seasoning profile. I discovered smoked paprika and it changed me forever lol

  • Reply
    March 2, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    we enjoy our chili here, I really should try this taco soup. Looks like a winner!

  • Reply
    March 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Taco soup is one of my family’s favorite soups. I’ve never thought to put black olives in my soup – great idea. I’ll try that next time!

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