Taco Soup

One of the EASIEST dinner recipes of all time! This super easy Taco Soup is made from beans, corn, tomatoes, and green chiles, plus ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning. All you have to do is dump everything in a pan and simmer. It’s ready in under 20 minutes!

One of the quickest and easiest soup recipes you’ll ever try! If you like the Mexican flavors in this taco soup, you might also like Chicken Taco Soup, Tortilla Soup, or Enchilada Soup.

Taco Soup recipe with tortilla strips in bowl

The quickest, easiest Taco soup

We all love a delicious and easy soup recipe, right?? One of my all-time favorite meals that is not only yummy and simple, but quick, is our favorite Taco Soup recipe.

This easy Taco Soup is one I make more often during the winter when it’s cooler, but is also still great all year long! It’s obviously a soup version of taco salad, so if you like taco salad you’ll definitely love this recipe. The best part of all is that it takes 20 minutes TOTAL to make. Yes, you heard me right!! Twenty minutes to prep and cook this entire meal!

Another great part about this recipe is it’s made from mostly canned foods, which is something we always have on hand! All you have to do is just pop open a few cans, add a few spices, and you have a super delicious and easy meal that the whole family will enjoy.

taco soup ingredients

nearly all Ingredients from a can!

These are all the canned goods I used… ones I always have on hand! Nothing too crazy, just:

  • Chili with Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Green Chiles

The only other ingredients I use that aren’t canned are ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning mix! You can either buy the individual packets, or if you have large containers of seasoning, it is equivalent to 3 TB.

How to make Taco Soup

Not only are the ingredients for this recipe simple – the steps themselves are even simpler!

TOSS ‘EM IN. All you have to do is throw all of the ingredients into a large pot. No particular order, just toss em all in! Maybe stir a couple of times to combine everything well, then turn on the heat.

SIMMER. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes. Once it’s hot and ready, you can serve it with your favorite toppings.

You can use anything you like, but we really like these toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Tortilla strips
  • Cilantro
  • Sliced avocado

How to thicken taco soup?If you find your soup isn’t thick enough for your liking simply mix 2-3 tablespoons of flour or Cornstarch to ¼ c of broth from the soup. Once mixed add the broth back into the main pot of soup and stir.

Can this be made in the crock pot? Yes – it can! And we have a slow cooker version that’s a tid different but just as good. Check it out HERE. Or for this particular recipes, cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours. 😉

in the instapot:

It’s so easy to make this soup in the Instapot. Just follow these easy steps…

  1. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute.”
  2. Once hot, add ingredients to the pot.
  3. Place the lid on and set the valve to “Sealed”.
  4. Press the “Soup” button and set timer for 20 minutes.
  5. Once the soup is done, turn valve to “Quick Release”.

So easy!

taco soup ingredients in a pan

Making ahead and storing

Can I make taco soup ahead of time? Yes, You can easily make this soup 1-2 days ahead of time. Store in in airtight container in the fridge. Heat on the stove or in a crockpot until warm.

Freezer Meal. Taco soup makes a great freezer meal. Mix all ingredients pour in an airtight container and freeze. To cook remove from freezer and throw it straight in the crockpot for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. You can also thaw overnight and heat on the stove top until warm.

Leftovers. Place left overs in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for 2-3 months.

Reheat. 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. If you have the time or have a large amount can als reheat on the stovetop or in a crock pot stirring occasionally until warm.

As part of a 6 month food supply we like to have on hand, we have a pretty good collection of canned goods. Not only does this recipe help me use some of these cans, but it does help save time and can help me come up with an easy meal or side dish pretty quickly, which is what I’m usually looking for!

Easy taco soup recipe with ranch dressing in a bowl

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Taco Soup Recipe

5 from 11 votes
One of the EASIEST dinner recipes of all time! This super easy Taco Soup is made from canned chili, beans, corn, tomatoes, and green chiles, plus ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning. All you have to do is dump everything in a pan and simmer. It's ready in under 20 minutes!
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 129 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 3 - 15 oz cans Chili with Beans or 3 cans Mexican beans with 1 lb. cooked hamburger
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz can corn
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 3 TB ranch dressing mix or 1 packet
  • 3 TB taco salad seasoning or 1 packet
  • 1 1/2 c water


  • Add all ingredients together in pot.
  • Bring soup to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Serve warm with Sour Cream, tortilla strips and cilantro.


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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I love your site!! And you!!! And I appreciate so much how you show pictures of the ingredients you’re using. Some of the blogs I see list something and I have no idea what it is and even after googling it I still can’t figure it out. I guess I’m a visual person!! Thank you – and I just happen to have all these cans so guess what’s for dinner!!! love you!!!

  2. What are those crispy tortilla looking things that you use for garnish on a lot of your recipes and how do you make them? Love your site and your recipes all look delish. I plan on trying the taco soup and the cream cheese parmesan asparagus.

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Luna:

    I love your recipes and that you include the nutritional values. I’m wondering if you can put the serving size on that information. That is important, because some people think 10 bowls or the whole casserole is a serving. I am a diabetic and this information is all important to me. Thank you and keep the recipes coming 🙂 I haven’t tasted the soup, but I can tell it is good. My husband was an executive chef and I know good when I see it. He was also half Mexican like you.

  4. 5 stars
    This is my family’s favorite go-to soup! I always have the ingredients on hand. it is so full of flavor & I love that you just throw the ingredients in the pot & takes just minutes to make!

    1. I’m not sure what’s all in it, but I’ve seen canned beans that are Mexican beans. It’s like chili beans.

  5. 5 stars
    Truly one of the best soups out there. All canned items with hamburger and some flavors of ranch and taco seAsoning. So easy to dump everythiNg in a crocKpot and have dinner ready in no time.

  6. I would rather make chili beans. Nothing against your Taco soup. I am sure Taco soup is delicious. I can’t eat certain ingredients you add to your soup.

  7. New follower here, and I’m super excited to try this! Do you drain the CORn?
    Thank you for all these great recipes!