Chicken Taco Soup (Pantry Staples)

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This chicken taco soup is a hearty and flavorful meal that’s perfect for meal prep and freezer meals. Made with pantry staple ingredients, this one pot Mexican soup comes together easily and is one that the whole family will love.

Chicken taco soup served in a bowl with toppings

I don’t know about you, but I always have some soup in my fridge or freezer. It’s so easy to grab for a quick meal. This soup is loaded with flavor and made from easy to find ingredients.

Be sure to check out my slow cooker chicken tortilla soup if you like this recipe!

How to Make Chicken Taco Soup

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Prep: If you are not using cooked chicken, cook the chicken in the oven or a skillet. Dice the onion, jalapeno and garlic. Heat a dutch oven or large pot on the stove top.

Make: Soften the onion, jalapeno and garlic in the pot and then add the rest of the soup ingredients. Simmer.

Season: Add in the taco and ranch seasoning along with a little salt and pepper.

Finish: Simmer for another 15 minutes before serving with your favorite toppings.

Chicken taco soup in a bowl topped with sour cream and chips
Two bowls of chicken taco soup

What’s the best chicken to use?

I like to use shredded chicken in this recipe but you can also use cubed. Rotisserie chicken is perfect to use in this recipe, but you can also cook chicken breasts in the oven, skillet or Instant Pot and then shred them with a fork.

Make sure that the chicken is fully cooked before adding it to the soup.

What do you serve with the soup?

This soup is wonderfully hearty and is a great well balanced meal. You can serve it as a dinner, or in smaller portions for a lunch. Personally, taco soup is all about the toppings! I like to add tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded cheese. Try it with guacamole, sliced jalapenos or pico de gallo.

Can you make this ahead of time?

Soup is perfect for freezer meals and easy make ahead lunches throughout the week. Cook the chicken taco soup and then let it cool to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container. The soup will keep well for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer.

Thaw the soup in the fridge overnight before reheating on the stove top. Take care to only reheat the soup once as it contains chicken.

Overhead shot of chicken taco soup in a bowl
Two bowls of soup with spoons
Four bowls of chicken taco soup

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • The flavors in this soup get stronger the more it sets – I always like to make it the day before!
  • Make the chicken taco soup in a dutch oven or heavy bottom pan. They will distribute the heat more evenly so that the bottom is less likely to burn.
  • Be sure to check out my homemade taco seasoning and ranch seasoning recipes for this recipe.
Close up of the toppings on the soup

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