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14 February 2020

This easy taco soup recipe is loaded with tomato, chilies, black beans, and all the fixings. It’s thick, chunky with just the right amount of spice. Easy weeknight dinner!

Is it wrong to file this recipe under “Tacos”? I think not. I mean, fine, we’re not wrapping tongue-pleasing deliciousness in a tortilla this time around, but what we ARE doing is taking all of those outstanding taco ingredients and turning it into a soup. Oh baby! Yes. Taco soup. Allow me to say that again. Taco Soup! Yum. One of my favorite recipes.

Like most soups, this is a simple one-pot meal and quite easy to put together. Everything is cooked together in a single pot. Just let the whole thing simmer as long as you want. Let those flavors develop a bit. Let the whole house fill up with the smell of that simmering soup.

Drive everyone batty with anticipation.

Taco soup in a bowl, freshly served and steaming hot

See? One big pot filled with everything a taco wants, everything a taco needs. Let’s talk about how we make the recipe, shall we?

Ingredients Needed to Make Taco Soup

  • 1 pound ground beef , or use ground turkey for a healthier, lower calorie option. Ground chicken or pork are great, too.
  • Olive oil as needed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 2 serrano peppers, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (use red or orange for a nice color) (you can also use a can of diced green chilies)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup corn (frozen works great here)
  • 6 tablespoons taco seasoning – Yes! I love the extra flavor, but you can dial it back to your preference
  • 28 ounce can whole tomatoes (diced tomatoes are good, too – I love fire roasted tomatoes)
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 12-ounce can black beans (other options include pinto beans or kidney beans)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lime wedges
  • FOR SERVING/OPTIONAL/IDEAS
  • Chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, jalapeno slices, lime wedges, tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese or crumbly white cheese, sour cream, avocado – anything you might put on a taco. Choose your favorites! Don’t forget the hot sauce!

How to Make Taco Soup – the Recipe Method

First, heat a large pot to medium heat and add a couple tablespoons olive oil. Add ground beef or ground turkey along with onion and peppers. Cook about 8-10 minutes to brown the meat and soften the onion and peppers. I have made this recipe with ground beef, turkey, chicken and pork and love every single version. The choice is up to you.

Add the garlic and stir. Cook another minute or so, until you can smell that gorgeous garlic. It doesn’t take long to cook garlic.

Meat and vegetables cooked down to make taco soup

Add the taco seasoning and stir to incorporate. This helps to bloom all the spices in the seasoning.

Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, black beans, corn and chicken stock. Stir. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.

Simmering the taco soup in a pot

Bring to a quick boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. The flavors will develop more the longer you leave it. I usually like to simmer at least 30 minutes, but closer to 1 hour. It will smell so good in the house! It thickens up nicely as well. So thick and chunky!

Taco soup, simmering and thickening in a pot

Serve the taco soup into bowls and squeeze a bit of lime juice over the top, then swirl it in. Just a bit, about ¼ to ½ a lime. 

Top with your desired ingredients. We used some cilantro, green onions, jalapeno slices, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese and lime wedges. Today I used crumbly white cheese, spicy chili flakes, fresh chopped parsley and cilantro, and some serrano pepper slices for extra heat. So good!

Chunky taco soup with loads of black beans

Recipe Notes & Tips

There is no one SECRET ingredient to making taco soup. The seasonings are highly important. You can use ground beef, ground turkey, chicken, even pork, though this time around I used ground turkey. Hey, watching the waistline.

However! It is extremely important that you DO include chili peppers. And not just because we’re Chili Pepper Madness. Chili peppers carry in an outstanding layer of flavor, but also that zesty spiciness so many of us crave. I used both jalapeno peppers and serrano peppers to bring up the level of heat, but if that is too spicy for you, you can omit them. Or, just lose the serranos and up the jalapeno count. Bell peppers are good, too! I have some in there.

The soup alone is brimming with flavor, but half the fun is in the fixings. If I had an avocado in the house, I would have topped each bowl with some of it. Curse me for not having avocados!

Still, some lime, jalapeno slices, chips and cheese will go a long way, but consider anything you’d put on a taco, like crema/sour cream, crumbly white cheese, extra hot sauce, you name it!

Enjoy!

Chunky taco soup in a bowl, ready to serve

Patty’s Perspective

These flavors are the epitome of Chili Pepper Madness. Talk about perfect. This recipe is mouthwatering and truly is a taco in a bowl of soup. Amazing.

That’s it, my friends! Such a quick and easy recipe! It’s also super easy to make in a crock pot or slow cooker – Try my Crock Pot Taco Soup Recipe!

Chunky taco soup in a bowl

Try Some of My Other Popular Soup Recipes

Chunky taco soup on a spoon

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 1 vote
Chunky taco soup with loads of black beans
Easy Taco Soup Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

This easy taco soup recipe is loaded with tomato, chilies, black beans, and all the fixings. It's thick, chunky with just the right amount of spice. Easy weeknight dinner!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: one pot, recipe, soup, spicy, tacos
Servings: 4
Calories: 512 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef use ground turkey for a healthier, lower calorie option
  • Olive oil as needed
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 2 serrano peppers chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped (use red or orange for a nice color)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup corn frozen works great here
  • 6 tablespoons taco seasoning Yes! I love the extra flavor, but you can dial it back to your preference
  • 28 ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 12- ounce can black beans
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lime wedges
FOR SERVING/OPTIONAL/IDEAS
  • Chopped green onions Chopped cilantro, Jalapeno slices, Lime wedges, Tortilla chips, Shredded cheddar cheese, Sour cream, avocado – anything you might put on a taco
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot to medium heat and add a couple tablespoons olive oil. Add ground beef or turkey along with onion and peppers. Cook about 8-10 minutes to brown the meat and soften the onion and peppers.
  2. Add garlic and stir. Cook another minute or so.
  3. Add taco seasoning and stir to incorporate.
  4. Add whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, black beans, corn and chicken stock. Stir. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 20-30 minutes. The flavors will develop more the longer you leave it. It will smell so good in the house!
  6. Serve into bowls and squeeze a bit of lime juice over the top, then swirl it in. Just a bit, about ¼ to ½ a lime.
  7. Top with your desired ingredients. We used some cilantro, green onions, jalapeno slices, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese and lime wedges. So good!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium, depending on the amount of taco seasoning used. You can easily spice up your taco soup with spicy chili flakes, extra hot peppers and your favorite hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Taco Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 512 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 1402mg58%
Potassium 1439mg41%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 12g48%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1965IU39%
Vitamin C 79.4mg96%
Calcium 133mg13%
Iron 7.2mg40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

NOTE: This recipe was updated on 2/14/20 to include new photos and information. It was originally published on 1/15/16.

 

Easy Taco Soup Recipe - This easy taco soup recipe is loaded with tomato, chilies, black beans, and all the fixings. It\'s thick, chunky with just the right amount of spice. Easy weeknight dinner! #souprecipe #tacos #easymeals

2 comments

  1. 5 stars
    I must admit I was skeptical when I first read this recipe, but… It is so darned easy to put together and the flavor and texture is fantastic. The entire house smells like tacos, which isn’t a bad thing in the middle of winter. I followed the recipe exactly except I used my own taco seasoning mix. It was fast to put together and the small amount of leftovers won’t last long in the refrigerator. I have added this soup to my collection and will enjoy it all year. Thanks so much for an easy, quick and delightful meal.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent! Thanks for the comments, Jan! Super happy you enjoyed. Yes, very easy and tasty!

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