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30 Minute Taco Soup is as ridiculously delicious as it is easy to make!  Everything is tossed together in a single pot, for a flavorful soup in just 30 minutes. You’re going to be seriously amazed!

30 minute Taco Soup topped with grated cheese, jalapeno and sour cream

Brrr! It’s cold out there! This soup will warm you to the bone with it’s hearty flavors and warming spices. It comes together so quickly, you’ll have this on the table, ready to gobble up in 30 minutes! Perhaps that’s why this is one of our favorite cold weather meals? 

We love that this recipe calls for so many pantry staples you should already have on hand! Make sure you do not skimp on those toppings though. This soup is delicious on its own, but with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese, it is heavenly. Throw some sliced jalapeños on top and give yourself an extra warming boost. Meh, the cold never bothered us anyway.

  • How long does it take to make taco soup?

    Taco soup is ready in somewhere around 30 minutes, and most of that time is hands off cooking on the stove! Once you’ve browned the beef and cooked the onions and garlic, it’s just a matter of mixing the rest of the ingredients together and allowing them to simmer.
 Talk about a time saver! You can simmer the soup for as little as 15 minutes and as much as 30 minutes which will allow you some flexibility for when dinner will be ready. 

  • What should I serve on the side?

    This soup tastes great with a side of cornbreadMexican rice, or corn chips and guac! Really this soup goes great with just about everything!

  • Can I use a packet of taco seasoning?

    Taco seasoning is something you can easily make at home which is why we’ve written this recipe with a homemade blend! The great thing about homemade taco seasoning, is that you can customize it to your tastes. Prefer low sodium? No problem! Kids don’t like spice? Just omit the cayenne! If you prefer to use a packet seasoning, a 1-ounce packet is the amount that you’ll need to replace the seasonings listed in this recipe. 

A pot of taco soup

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Taco Soup topped with grated cheese, jalapeno and sour cream
An easy but delicious and incredibly flavorful recipe for taco soup!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion chopped (about 1 cup chopped onion)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 30 ounces diced tomatoes undrained
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounce can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 7 ounces diced green chilis

Taco Seasoning*

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Heat a large pot over medium high heat.
  • Add in ground beef and onion. Cook until beef is browned and onion is softened. Drain off any excess grease.
  • Add in garlic and cook 60 seconds. Add in taco seasonings (chili powder, paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper). Stir and let the seasoning toast for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour in chicken and beef broth, diced tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans, corn, and green chilis.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 15 to 25 minutes.
  • Serve hot topped with any desired toppings.
*Instead of using the taco seasonings as listed, you can replace with a 1 ounce packet of taco seasoning mix.

Suggested Toppings for Serving:

  • Sour Cream
  • Chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sliced Jalapenos
  • Cilantro


Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1603mg | Potassium: 842mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 960IU | Vitamin C: 35.5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 4.6mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Taco soup
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September 4, 2020 7:42 pm

5 stars
Coming from someone who never leaves a review on recipes, this soup is worth a comment and 5-stars! One of my absolute favourite soup recipes. Adaptable and comforting and uses stuff in have one hand. Like a warm hug for your insides. Love it. 🙂

Debora Haws
February 10, 2020 10:13 am

I had all the ingredients on hand and the recipe looked so good that I made this for dinner last night instead of what I had planned. We loved it and it has gone in my favorites file. Thank you!

February 10, 2020 10:36 am

5 stars
This soup is fantastic. I didn’t think it would be as flavorful as it was…I didn’t have the green chilis but I followed the directions to the letter otherwise. Sooooo tasty and addicting!

Nelle James
February 8, 2020 6:30 pm

5 stars
This taco soup recipe is quick and easy just as stated. My family loved this soup. Two of my three sons are picky eaters and they all were asking for seconds. I’ll be hanging on to this recipe. Thank you.

Jane stephen
February 5, 2020 3:51 pm

I made this Sunday evening for my family and they devoured it! We all agreed it was our favorite soup!i had all of my ingredients ready as you did and did exactly what you did and we all loved it! I love your recipes! Thank you for making them available! ❤️

February 1, 2020 7:50 pm

Do you use ALL of the taco seasoning?

February 13, 2020 12:28 pm
Reply to  Beth

Yes, either use an entire 1 ounce packet of taco seasoning, or the individual spices called for in the recipe.

January 30, 2020 10:26 am

I love Mexican food and this seems to be the recipe for me.

November 7, 2020 7:04 pm

Made this soup tonight and it was delicious

October 27, 2020 12:44 pm

I made this, using chicken tenderloins and is our family favorite! Thanking you for all your great recipes and offered with your ever-sweet spirit! Blessings.

October 26, 2020 2:22 pm

5 stars
Thank you for the recipe! It turned out delicious, plus my son loved it which is a major win!

Jeffrey Straughmatt
September 10, 2020 4:15 pm

5 stars
I’ve made this soup 3 times now and it is always a favorite. I made some last night and altered the recipe a little. 1 extra pound of ground Beef. I substituted fresh roasted, mild Hatch Green Chilies and 2 hot Anaheim Green Chilies for the canned. I roasted, diced and peeled them, about 1 cup diced and thickened the mixture with some cornmeal, Makes a great Chip Dip. The flavor is excellent.

January 22, 2020 11:23 am

5 stars
Taco soup recipe was a big hit with my husband.
Will be making it again. A must save recipe. Good for a pot luck too.

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