Easy Taco Soup (Pantry Staples Recipe)

This delicious and hearty taco soup recipe is easy to make and loaded with flavor. This high protein soup is a great well balanced meal that is made with simple pantry staples. This Mexican soup is made with minimal prep and the whole family will love it!

taco soup topped with sour cream and tortillas

Taco soup is one of my all time favorite comfort foods and this recipe means that you can easily whip up a batch with no fancy ingredients. It’s all made in one pot too!

Make a batch of my homemade taco seasoning and homemade ranch seasoning for this recipe to enjoy whenever you like!

How to Make Easy Taco Soup

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Prep: Dice the onion, jalapeno and garlic. Heat a dutch oven or large pot on the stove top.

Make: Brown the beef and set to one side. Soften the onion, jalapeno and garlic 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.

Taco soup served in two white bowls
Two bowls of soup served with spoons

What toppings do you serve with this soup?

I like to add tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded cheese to my easy taco soup for texture and creaminess, but you can add lots of other your other favorite Mexican toppings too. Try it with:

Close up of the toppings on the taco soup
Four bowls of taco soup

A hearty one pot soup

The flavors in this soup are really rich, you would honestly think that it has been simmering four hours, but in reality it takes only about 45 minutes to make this, and most of that is hands off time. It makes for a hearty dinner, or you can serve it in smaller batches for a filling lunch.

Can you make it ahead of time?

Once you have made the soup, let it cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days and you can freeze it for up to 4 months. Defrost frozen soup in the fridge overnight and reheat on the stovetop or in a microwave.

We recommend freezing the easy taco soup in a freezer safe gallon ziplock bag to save space!

A spoon in a bowl of soup
Sour cream shredded cheese and fresh herbs on top of the soup

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • I like to use red and black beans in this soup, but you can substitute these for any beans that you have.
  • The flavors in this soup get stronger the more it sets – I always like to make it the day before!
  • Make the easy 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.
Overhead shot of a bowl of taco soup

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