The Most Authentic Taco Soup Recipe

July 02, 2024

Reviewed by
Suze Dowling

The Most Authentic Taco Soup Recipe
  • Prep Time

    15 minutes

  • Cook Time

    30 minutes

  • Total Time

    45 minutes

  • Yield

    Approximately 6 Servings

Mexican cuisine has long dazzled taste buds worldwide with its vibrant flavors and mouth-watering dishes. One such beloved dish that effortlessly combines hearty ingredients with a burst of Mexican flair is taco soup. 

This soul-warming delight blends the boldness of spices with the heartiness of beans and meat, providing a wholesome combination of proteins, vitamins, and essential minerals. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to make authentic taco soup — a recipe that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds and bring comfort to your table.

What Makes Taco Soup Nutritious?

Taco soup packs a flavorful punch while delivering essential nutrients vital for a balanced diet. This soup provides a well-rounded and wholesome meal option with proteins from lean ground beef and legumes, carbohydrates from the beans, and a medley of vitamins and minerals. Let’s take a closer look at taco soup’s nutritional information.

Ground Beef 

Selecting quality ingredients is the foundation of an irresistible bowl of taco soup. Opt for lean ground beef or ground turkey as the meat base for your soup. These provide a protein-rich element that fuels the body and aids in muscle repair. 

You can enhance the savory profile by adding beef broth (if using ground beef) or chicken broth (if using ground turkey) to intensify the depth of flavors. You can also tailor your taco soup to suit dietary preferences by opting for low-sodium broth variations.

Spices and Seasonings

Authentic taco soup relies on the perfect balance of Mexican-inspired spices like chili powder, ground cumin, and paprika. These spices taste wonderful while providing antioxidants that promote overall health. 

Also, try whipping up a homemade taco seasoning blend, adding in cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, and other aromatic spices to elevate the taste profile. Alternatively, a store-bought seasoning packet can simplify the process for busy weeknights without compromising on flavor.

Veggies and Legumes

Fill your taco soup with a colorful array of veggies and legumes. For instance, you can use onions, garlic, bell peppers, and tomatoes to infuse it with delicious flavor. 

Plus, these veggies add vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and calcium. Incorporate black beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans for a hearty texture and dose of fiber that aids in digestion and contributes to a heart-healthy diet. Add chopped fresh cilantro and green chilies to the mix for a touch of freshness.

What’s the Best Way To Cook Taco Soup?

Our easy taco soup recipe uses the stovetop method, which offers a straightforward way to whip up a steaming pot of warm and comforting soup ready to be enjoyed in no time. However, it can just as easily be made in a slow cooker or crockpot for convenience and time efficiency.

This set-and-forget approach involves layering all ingredients in the slow cooker, allowing them to meld together over a leisurely cooking process. For taste and food safety reasons, we recommend lightly browning your ground beef or turkey before adding it to the crockpot. 

The Most Authentic Taco Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Approximately 6 Servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 yellow onion (or sweet onion), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 3 cups beef broth (or chicken broth, if using ground turkey)
  • 1 cup water
  • Seasoning mix (or store-bought seasoning packet)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro, sliced green onions, jalapenos, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream

Tools We Used:

  • GIR Quad Chopper: This kitchen powerhouse makes quick work of crumbling and browning meat and breaking down produce for sautéing.
  • GIR Silicone Ladle: This ladle features a precision pouring edge designed so you don’t waste a drop of your delicious potato soup.


  1. In a large pot, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions and minced garlic and sauté until onions are translucent.
  2. Stir in the bell pepper and cook for a few minutes until slightly softened.
  3. Add the black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, water, and taco seasoning. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
  5. Adjust seasoning as needed. Ladle into bowls and serve hot, alongside your favorite assortment of garnishes.

How Can You Enhance the Flavor of Taco Soup?

To elevate the flavor profile of your taco soup, consider incorporating sliced jalapenos or a drizzle of hot sauce for an added kick. Top with a generous dollop of sour cream or guacamole for a creamy finish that complements the soup’s zest. 

Explore different garnish options, such as shredded cheddar cheese or tortilla chips, to add a satisfying crunch and richness to every bite. Taco soup is also yummy when served with cornbread.

For those seeking a lighter option, opt for a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime to brighten the flavors without compromising on taste. Embrace the versatility of taco soup by experimenting with additional toppings like diced avocado, sliced green onions, or a drizzle of ranch dressing for a twist of creamy tanginess.

Whether you enjoy it as a hearty weeknight meal or a comforting weekend indulgence, taco soup promises to captivate your palate with its rich flavors. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, this soup stores well in an airtight container and easily reheats for lunch the next day.

The Takeaway

Embrace the charm of taco soup as a go-to option for weeknight dinners, family gatherings, or cozy evenings at home. Let the delicious flavors awaken your senses, transporting you to a realm of culinary delight as you savor the yumminess and authenticity of this beloved Mexican-inspired creation.

As you embark on your taco soup cooking adventure and other exciting recipes, we at Get It Right (GIR) are here to help. In a world where kitchen tools often fall short of expectations, we’re here to defy the norm and redefine culinary experiences. 

GIR offers a range of meticulously crafted products designed to elevate and simplify your cooking journey. With a commitment to quality, functionality, and thoughtful design, we set the standard for reimagined kitchen essentials that truly help you get it right.


Safe Minimum Internal Temperature Chart | USDA

Ground Turkey vs. Ground Beef: Which Is Healthier? Here's What a Dietitian Says | EatingWell

Onions 101 — Everything You Need To Know About Working With Onions | Nature’s Ninja

What Are the Health Benefits of Beans? | MedicalNewsToday

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