Best Taco Soup Recipe

World’s Best Taco Soup Recipe… taco soup is by far the most requested meal at my house. My husband LOVES it and could probably eat it everyday. It’s one of my favorite meals too. The kids even love it…and they are PICKY! It’s definitely one of our all time favorite and EASY recipes to make. We usually have all the ingredients on hand and it’s something that I usually make without a recipe. Just dump and taste.
Everyone I’ve made this recipe for always asks for the recipe. I first got this recipe from my husband’s grandma. All the family had gotten together for an event and this soup was served with chips and all the toppings. I was pregnant with my first son and it was the one thing that had tasted good in a long time. After that I made this recipe atleast once a month and couldn’t wait to eat the leftovers.  It reheats really well.  I promise it’s super easy to make. If my husband can make this …you can too! ;)

Best taco soup recipe - 1 pot in less than 30 minutes!

How To Freeze Taco Soup

  1. Allow the soup to cool down
  2. Place into a zip top bag or freezer container (leaving room for it to expand)
  3. Place in the freezer. It will stay good for up to six months in the freezer.
  4. When ready to reheat, place in the refrigerator or microwave to thaw. Then simmer in a pot over low heat.
  5. If I want to make it go further, sometimes I’ll add in an extra can of beans and tomatoes with a little more taco seasoning.

How To Make Taco Soup

World’s Best Taco Soup Printable Recipe

World's Best Taco Soup Recipe!


  • 1 pound hamburger or turkey burger
  • 1-2 Tablespoons taco seasoning (more or less to taste)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped finely
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can kindey beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can pinto or white beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 1 15 oz can corn
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 10 oz can rotel tomato's
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomato's
  • 1/4 cup salsa (fresh is best)


1. Brown hamburger in a large pan over medium heat. Add in the onions, bell peppers and saute for a few minutes.
2. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Let simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can add a little water if it starts getting too thick. If you have more time let it simmer longer. You could also put this soup in a crock pot and let cook on low for several hours.
3. Top with sour cream and cheese. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on September 11, 2012 at 11:20 am (#

    Yum. We love taco soup! PINNED>

    • Bonnie posted on May 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm (#

      I have been making Taco Soup for 6 months, My cholesterol has dropped to normal level and hopefully it will stay there. I made up my own recipe for Taco Soup but I will definitely be trying yours. I must tell you that is all I eat for dinner almost every night but it did it’s job.

  2. Nikki @ Chef in Training posted on September 11, 2012 at 11:28 am (#

    Wow Jamielyn! This looks so good! Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  3. Mallory Nikolaus posted on September 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm (#

    I make your recipe ALL the time and I’ve tweaked it a few times depending on what I have on hand or what I feel like throwing in! It is delicious! Craig would love if I added the bell peppers! Thanks for sharing Jam!

  4. Mindy posted on September 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm (#

    That is soooo funny! I haven’t been to your website in a while, but I came back today because I wanted to pin your Taco soup recipe on Pintrest in my “Family Favorites” category. We LOVE this soup. I was expecting to have to search for it but there it was right at the top as today’s post! It must be a taco soup kind of day everywhere. :-) And we love to top this soup with diced avocados. Yum!

  5. Kelsey posted on September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm (#

    It IS the best! Ever since you did the first post, we have made it nearly once a month!!

  6. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on September 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm (#

    We have taco soup all the time in the cooler months too! Love the stuff!!! I will have to try your recipe next time:-)

  7. Kim @ Twigs and Twirls posted on September 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm (#

    ok now there is drool all over my keyboard !!! This sounds absolutely YUMMY.

  8. Michelle posted on September 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm (#

    I absolutely love taco soup! My husband thinks i make it too much but i don’t think thats possible! i’ve always done it with chicken but ground beef/turkey would be good too, i’ll have to try it!

  9. Kim posted on September 12, 2012 at 3:54 am (#

    This looks so delicious. I am going to try it soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. Trina posted on September 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm (#

    Made it tonight. I did all 3 beans, being that I am a vegetarian and was a little worried at first look. However, after letting it simmer the juices surrounded the vegetables and beans and it was tasty.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm (#

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ve never tried it with out the meat, so I will have to next time and see how it is. Thanks for sharing!

    • Debbie posted on October 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm (#

      We have another Taco Soup Recipe, similar to yours but with white corn and ranch dressing mix. (I’ll have to find a way to share it somewhere someday.) But my point here is that I make ours Vegetarian style. To “look” the role of meat I add lentils, about a cup cooked for each pound of hamburger called for. It looks the role of meat with it’s color and texture. My family loves it this way, and it works for other recipes as well.

      • Amanda posted on August 16, 2013 at 4:33 am (#

        I make mine with ranch dressing mix also. And tomato paste instead of sauce. Delicious, and healthy!

      • Jamielyn posted on August 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm (#

        Sounds yummy! I love how there are so many different variations of taco soup…such a great recipe!

  11. Andrea posted on September 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm (#

    Does anyone know about how many servings this makes? I’m trying to figure out the nutritional info from Thanks.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm (#

      It makes about 6-8 servings. Usually 8 for our family. Hope that helps.

  12. Whitney Baze posted on September 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm (#

    I’m going to try this. It’s only slightly different than the one I usually make. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Annette posted on September 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm (#

    This looks so delicious! I’m making it tomorrow but I’m curious if you drain and rinse the beans?

  14. Carole posted on October 16, 2012 at 12:01 am (#

    Great soup. The new Food on Friday is all about soup. It would be wonderful if you linked this in. Here’s the link . Have a souper duper week!

  15. Melody M. posted on October 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm (#

    I’d love to try your recipe for taco soup, but I am unable to print it. Can you help me???

  16. Vicki Thomas posted on November 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm (#

    Your soup oh so so good!!!!
    I added more seasoning and the soup was easy and fun to make!
    Thank you,

  17. Paying with Coupons posted on December 5, 2012 at 11:13 am (#

    This looks SO yummy!!!! I am going to try this tonight :)

  18. Aggie posted on February 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm (#

    I was looking for a good easy taco soup to try, going to make this week!

  19. Monika posted on February 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm (#

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was so delicious and quick!! We loved it. Thank you!

  20. lfoucault posted on March 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm (#

    OMG so good there wasn’t any to put in the freezer!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 2, 2013 at 8:59 am (#

      So glad you enjoyed it! :D

  21. vegetarian recipes for meat eaters posted on May 7, 2013 at 1:35 am (#

    Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on
    this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jamielyn posted on May 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm (#

      Hey Stacey! Are you still having trouble getting the images to load? What browser are you using? Hopefully it is working for you now.

  22. Joy Arnall posted on July 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm (#

    I love this soup. I used a large can of white hominy and sliced up two cans of black olives. Also garnished with cilantro. Delicious!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm (#

      That sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing Joy! :D

  23. Twyla posted on July 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm (#

    We don’t have Rotel in Canada. I thought it was like salsa but you also add salsa, so what could I use as a substitute?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 29, 2013 at 11:55 am (#

      You can substitute the can of Rotel tomatoes for a 14oz can of diced tomatoes and an 8oz can of green chiles! Hope that helps! :)

  24. cassandra posted on August 26, 2013 at 10:49 am (#

    Sounds great but have a question. Do you drain the can of corn and tomatoes before adding or do you add with the juices?

    • Jamielyn posted on August 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm (#

      You can drain the can of corn, but leave the juice of tomatoes for the soup! :)

  25. Yvonne Reynolds posted on October 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm (#

    This was delicious! So glad I tried it tonight, I loved how quickly it came together. It went great with homemade corn muffins.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 1, 2013 at 11:41 pm (#

      I’m so glad you loved it…this really is one of my families favorite recipes! I’ve never tried it with corn muffins though, I will definitely have to make some next time! Thanks for the suggestion!

  26. Linda posted on February 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm (#

    This taco soup really is the best! My whole family LOVED it. Thanks so much for sharing your family recipes with us.

  27. Melissa posted on March 6, 2014 at 1:15 am (#

    This looks great! I plan to make this in the crock pot, and am curious if you still brown the meat and then throw the meat and all else into the crockpot? Just want to figure out how that part works. Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm (#

      Hi Melissa!! I like to brown the hamburger first and then throw everything else in! Hope you enjoy it! :)

  28. Olivia posted on January 5, 2015 at 9:46 pm (#

    I just made this and it was so good easy and simple to make

    • Jamielyn posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm (#

      I’m so glad it turned out well for you Olivia! It is definitely a family favorite! :)

  29. saris posted on January 13, 2015 at 12:56 am (#

    Me emcanto la receta del taco soup delicioso soy mexicana y eso estubo jummy-jummy.

  30. Kathy Dill posted on January 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm (#

    I’ve posted a link to your recipe on my facebook page Dill Spice Wellness. Great pictures and looks like a tasty, healthy meal. I’m throwing it in the crockpot now!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm (#

      Thanks Kathy! I hope you enjoy the Taco Soup!

  31. Jessica posted on February 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm (#

    Does anyone know how many weight watches points plus this taco soupd recipe would be?! Thanks!

  32. Annie posted on September 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm (#

    This looks so good. I will be making this in the Crockpot and I shared it in a Recipe Roundup on my blog! Yum!! Annie @ Plus Size to Downsized

  33. Chelsea posted on September 14, 2015 at 4:09 pm (#

    I see a couple people saying that they are going to cook this in the crock-pot but I don’t see how long and if to put it on low or high. Any recommendations? Also are the beans drained? 

    • Laura Capello posted on September 15, 2015 at 7:19 am (#

      Yes! Cook on low for several hours (do brown hamburger in a skillet first), perhaps six or so hours. And yes, drain (and rinse, if you like) the beans first.

  34. Connie Watson posted on October 4, 2015 at 10:18 pm (#

    Thank you for your outstanding recipe for The World’s
    Best  Tortilla Soup.  It is fantastic.  Thank you for sharing.
    I am senior citizen and I shared the soup with a neighbor and her son. 
    She also thought it was great.
    Thanks again.

  35. Carol T posted on January 22, 2016 at 4:37 pm (#

    Loved this Taco soup! The easiest, yet best I’ve made. Thanks so much for sharing.

  36. Liisa Dombrowski posted on February 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm (#

    This was amazing and easy! I used low sodium options of the canned items and ground turkey, also added some colored peppers. It is so customizable–turn the “heat” up or down. It was great with sliced avocado and sour cream, and others loved it with chips and cheese! It’s on my board of “keepers”!  Bring it on, cold weather, l’m ready!

  37. Dona posted on December 28, 2016 at 11:32 am (#

    I can’t wait to try this❤️

  38. michelle doolittle posted on May 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm (#

    I love the look of the little chips that you sprinkle over the soup, what are they and where can I find them? please and thanks! ps. they are on top of your taco soup

    • I Heart Naptime posted on May 3, 2017 at 7:06 am (#

      They are called tortilla strips. I find them in the same aisle at the grocery story with chips.

      They are perfect for adding a little crunch to soups and salads! :)

  39. Emily posted on October 2, 2017 at 11:04 pm (#

    Ok, I just had to stop in and say this really is the best taco soup!! I have served it with cornbread and Fritos (not at the same time…that’s a lot of corn haha) and it is fantastic both ways! Thank you for sharing!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm (#

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this! It is a family favorite in my home! )