Have you ever tried taco soup? It combines the best of both worlds, taco and soup. If you’re looking for a hearty and tasty supper then this taco soup recipe is for you. This easy stovetop taco soup recipe is absolutely delicious and a family favorite! Full of delicious tomato, meat, and spice it is a hearty and delicious soup. You can even top your taco soup with all of your favorite taco toppings! This taco soup recipe is sure to be a family favorite!

Taco soup recipe- shown is two bowls of Taco soup next to a pot with serving spoon- Taco Soup Recipe - Easy Dinner Idea the Entire Family Loves -
Taco soup is a hearty meal the whole family can agree on!

Easy Stovetop Taco Soup Recipe 

Taco soup is one of our easy dinner ideas that is a go-to when I don’t have much time or energy!

As the weather cools, my family is always asking for one of their favorite comfort meals–this easy Taco Soup recipe.  Everyone in the family is happy with the tangy bean and beef soup because they control the toppings!  Add some cheese, tortilla strips and fresh jalapeños in the quantity you desire!

Pssst…it is a way to mix up your next Taco Tuesday…

How to Make This Deliciously Easy Taco Soup Recipe

Add a twist to your next Taco Tuesday with a warm bowl of hearty soup! It’s a great dinner recipe for kids of all ages.

Depending on your kids’ tolerance for spicy foods, you can create a base that satisfies the entire family, but can be spiced up with add-ons and toppings.

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Taco Soup Recipe

  • Serves 4-6
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
Supplies Needed To make Taco Soup Recipe Ingredients on a kitchen table in bowls- ground beef, onion, tomato juice, sugar, frozen corn, taco seasoning, chili beans
Taco soup is made with basic ingredients you might already have!

Ingredients Needed For This Hearty Stovetop Taco Soup Recipe

Topping Options – Taco Soup Recipe

At my house we are all about the toppings!  I am suspicious that the toppings are why this is such a favorite.  Every family member can customize their taco soup the way they love…

  • Tortilla chips
  • Corn chips
  • Dollop of Sour cream
  • Grated cheese
  • Avocado, diced
  • Jalapeños, sliced
  • Cotija cheese
  • Hot Sauce
  • Lime Wedges

How To Make This Tasty Stovetop Taco Soup Recipe

One of the other reasons why I love this recipe so much is that it can be done all in one large pot making cooking, serving and clean-up a breeze. This stovetop taco soup recipe can also be done in the crock pot if you have limited time.

Step 1 - brown the beef and onions in a large pot- Taco Soup Recipe
Brown the ground beef along with the onions in order to give the meat extra flavor!

Step 1

First, in a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion, drain if necessary.

Step 2 - Drain the grease of the browned meat and onion mixture-Taco Soup Recipe
Carefully drain all of the grease.

Step 2

Next, put the beef and onion mixture back on the stove, add all ingredients to large pot or dutch oven. This is when you want to transfer things to the crockpot if you want to finish the recipe in the slow cooker.

Step 3 - add the other ingredients to the pot and stir- Taco Soup Recipe
Add the other ingredients to the beef and onion mixture.

Step 3

Stir the ingredients all together and cook allowing the flavors to combine.

step 3 - stir the ingredients together and cook on the stove top or in the crock pot- Taco Soup Recipe
Stir and let the yummy flavors combine!

Step 4 – Stovetop

Cook on stovetop for 15-30 minutes. And by cook, you should let it simmer, boiling it will cause it to make a mess. As you boil liquid tends to splatter.

Step 5 – Slow Cooker

Or cook in Crockpot 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.

Step 4 - Let cook on stove top for 20 minutes.- Taco Soup Recipe
Let the taco soup cook for at least 15 minutes on the stove top.

Step 6

Serve with toppings of your choice. My favorite combination is fresh jalapeños, tortilla strips, avocado and Cotija cheese.

Step 5 - Serve with toppings - two bowls shown with taco soup and toppings - Taco Soup Recipe
Toppings are the best part! sour cream, cheese, Fritos, peppers… it’s all good!

Step 7

If you have any left-overs, they store well in the refrigerator in an air tight container. Heating a serving up in the microwave works really well and is a tasty lunch the next day.

Best Toppings For Your Taco Soup

Add all of your favorite toppings like you would your tacos. You can add things like:

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Bell Pepper
  • Hot Sauce
  • Shredded Lettuce

Spice Up Your Taco Soup And Make It Your Own

  • You can make your soup extra delicious and hearty as is or add your own tasty twists. Instead of tomato juice you can use chicken broth and tomato sauce.
  • Add fresh green chilies, or you can use rotel as it has chunky tomatoes and green chiles. Rotel tomatoes can bring some medium heat or medium-high heat.
  • Don’t like chili beans? Or don’t have them among your pantry staples? You can use kidney beans or black beans or even pinto beans.
  • Don’t want the excessive fat brown ground beef has? You can use ground turkey. This simple taco soup recipe will become one of your favorite things.
  • You can add extra seasonings like a teaspoon garlic powder, onion powder extra chili powder, and cumin to your soup, but the packet of taco seasoning should have all those flavors.
  • If you want raw onion on top, I would suggest red onion, followed by a sweet yellow onion, but white onion probably wouldn’t be the best.
  • Avoiding salt? The get a low salt taco seasoning pack for your crockpot taco soup or stove top taco soup recipe.

How To Store Your Leftover Taco Soup

Your taco should should be kept in an airtight container like a freezer baggie (if freezing or more preferably an airtight container with a secure lid. This soup freezes well so you can eat it later on if you fill up a large soup pot while cooking.

How Long Will Your Leftover Taco Soup Last?

Depends on how fast you eat it! Jokes aside your taco soup should last 3 to 5 days if it is in airtight container. In the freezer is should last up to 3 months.

Yield: Serves 4-6

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

Try a fall and winter twist for Taco Tuesday and make this yummy taco soup!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (48 oz) tomato juice
  • ⅓ cup sugar, or a little less depending on taste
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 package taco seasoning or 2 tablespoons
  • 1 can (16 oz) chili beans
  • Serving Options:
  • Tortilla chips
  • Corn chips
  • Sour cream
  • Grated cheese
  • Avocado, diced
  • Jalapenos, sliced


    1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion. Drain, if necessary.
    2. While beef is cooking, add all ingredients to a Dutch oven or crockpot.
    3. Add beef and onion to pot, and stir well.
    4. Cook on stovetop for 15-30 minutes.
    5. Or cook in crockpot 4 hours on low, or 2 hours on high.
    6. Serve with toppings of your choice.
    7. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

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  1. For the soup it says “cup of sugar.” No number is given. Is it 1? I know it says to adjust to taste. Can’t tell from the pic if it’s 1 cup… seems like a lot for the amount of ingredients. Ever seen sugar in a taco soup recipe before!