Crockpot Taco Soup

Creamy & delicious Crockpot Taco Soup is SO easy to make! It’s packed with flavor and takes just 5 minutes of prep time!

As much as we love our original taco soup, and even our chicken taco soup, this one is a favorite when it comes to simplicity! For being such a delicious soup, it’s so easy to make!

Crock pot taco soup recipe in white bowl.

simple slow cooker soup

We’ve had our original Taco Soup recipe for as long as I can remember, but this one is slightly different and is made in the slow cooker. The slow cooker makes meals soooo much simpler!

This Crockpot Taco Soup makes perfect sense! It’s packed full of delicious ingredients, most of which are canned I might add (talk about easy)! And let me tell ya, each of these ingredients combined make for a really delicious meal.

It is super creamy, and I think you’ll agree that it is PERFECT for dinner on a cold day. Add some warm Mexican Cornbread and you’ll make the kiddos happy too.

Ingredients for slow cooker taco soup recipe.

making Taco Soup in a Slow Cooker

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE recipes where I can just dump all the ingredients and go. This is definitely one of those recipes.

COMBINE. Just place shredded chicken in the crockpot and cover with ½ cup of water. Mix remaining ingredients (minus the optional toppings of course) in a large bowl and then add to the crockpot, completely covering the chicken.

COOK. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.

Serve warm and top with your favorite toppings, such as:

  • Dairy: sour cream, shredded cheese, plain Greek yogurt
  • Garnish: cilantro, crushed tortilla chips
  • Veggies: avocado, jalapeno, diced green onions, pickled onions, diced tomatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Hot Sauce

alternative cooking methods

Instant Pot: Throw it all in the pot, cover and press the soup button. The times will vary depending on if the chicken is precooked, raw or frozen. Refer to your instant pot’s user manual.

No matter the type of chicken it’ll be done in less than 30 minutes. You can’t beat that!

Stove Top: Put everything in a pot on the stove and cook over medium heat for about 25 minutes.

Shredded chicken in slow cooker for taco soup.

Recipe Tips + variations

Precooked chicken: You can put raw chicken in the crock pot. However, you cannot put frozen raw chicken in there. If you choose to use raw chicken you’ll need to remove the chicken from the soup toward the end of the cook time, shred it, and return it to the soup.

Thicken your crock pot taco soup:

  • Add some extra black beans or shredded chicken
  • Stir in a few tablespoons at a time of tomato paste until your soup has reached your desired consistency.

Variations: 

  • Browned ground beef can be used instead of shredded chicken. Make sure to drain off the excess grease before adding it into your soup.
  • Kidney beans, great northern beans, or pinto beans can be used instead of or in addition to black beans.
  • Add in some extra spices to taste – crushed chili peppers, oregano, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder are all great choices.

A perfect make-ahead meal + Side Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I like to have pre-made meals and freezer meals on hand for busy nights. This soup is great for that.

Make it a freezer meal: Place the chicken in an airtight freezer safe ziploc and add all the remaining ingredients (except for the ½ c water) to a separate airtight freezer safe container. Label and freeze both bags for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready, thaw both the chicken and soup mix in the fridge overnight. Place chicken in the crock pot, cover with ½ c water and add the bag of remaining ingredients. Cook according to recipe directions. 

STORE leftovers in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days or FREEZE for 2-3 months.

REHEAT small amount. If you’re short on time or have a small amount you can reheat in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until warm.

REHEAT large amount. If you have the time or have a large amount, you can also reheat on the stovetop or in a crock pot.

Serve your taco soup with these favs:

Crock pot taco soup recipe in white bowl.

For more easy soups, try:

CrockPot Taco Soup Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Creamy & delicious Crockpot Taco Soup is SO easy to make! It's packed with flavor and takes just 5 minutes of prep time!
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 204 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 c chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 TB taco seasoning
  • 1 1/4 c chunky salsa
  • 1/2 c water
  • 15 oz can black beans rinsed
  • 1 can green chiles
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 8 oz canned corn
  • cilantro optional
  • avocados optional

Instructions
 

  • Place chicken in crock pot with ½ cup water poured over the top.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all of your remaining ingredients. Pour over top, completely covering chicken. Cook on LOW for 4 – 6 hrs.
  • Stir everything together and top with cheddar cheese and other toppings (optional). Enjoy!

Notes

This can also be done on the stove top (using shredded chicken) over medium heat, until warm (about 20 – 25 minutes).

Adapted from A Spark of Creativity.

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  1. 5 stars
    So I know you said it serves 8, but I feel like it might only serve 2 in my household. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    this is one of my favorite soups! it has so much flavor & I love that the crock pot does all the work. that makes it even better! we love adding some crunchy fritos on top or we have made our own tortillas strips to fry & add on top. so good!!

  3. 5 stars
    Taco soup is probably my most favorite soup! Its So simple and I Always have the ingredients on hand. Sometimes I’ll cube the chicken instead of shredding it. Just like the diversity of this soup and everybody loves it!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for good slow cooker recipes. I love that I can start them in the morning and have a quick meal that evening. This is a tasty soup that will be a great addition to the meal rotation!

  5. 5 stars
    This soup is so good & the best part is if I’m using canned chicken I usually have everything to make it already in my pantry! My family likes to eat it with a dollop of sour cream & some crushed chips on top – yum!