This healthy taco soup recipe is beyond delicious and so easy. It’s a hearty blend of lean ground turkey, black beans, corn, crushed tomatoes and seasonings, all simmered to perfection. An easy dinner option that’s kid friendly and quick to make! It will be one of those go-to hearty soup recipes you make again and again!

closeup overhead of healthy taco soup served in a white bowl topped with avocado slices, chips and cilantro

When the weather gets a little cool, this healthy taco soup becomes a weekly recipe. It’s made with whatever ground meat you prefer (I used extra lean ground turkey in the pictures) and you could totally go meatless too. I usually go with ground turkey, chicken or bison. My hubby loves bison! In addition, we’ve got all of the normal taco soup contenders – onion, corn, fire roasted tomatoes, green chilis and beans. It cooks up thick, hearty, and is a total crowd pleaser. Even my picky kiddos go crazy for this recipe. Don’t skip the toppings. They seal the deal!

closeup side view of healthy taco soup served in a white bowl topped with avocado slices, chips and cilantro

How Do You Make Taco Soup?

Start this recipe by sautéing onion and garlic. Once tender, add in the ground turkey. When the turkey is fully cooked, a whole bunch of other flavorings go into the pot including taco seasoning, tomatoes, black beans, corn, green chiles and broth. Everything simmers together for a few minutes, then dinner is ready. Serve your soup with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!

Tips For Taco Soup:

  • I use extra lean ground turkey, but other options are lean ground beef, bison or chicken.
  • Love to meal prep? This soup can be made up to 2 days in advance, then reheated in the microwave or on the stove top. You can also freeze any leftover soup for up to 2 months.
  • Black beans beans are my favorite, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Kidney beans or pinto beans would work great.
  • My favorite toppings for this soup include tortilla strips or chips, sour cream, cheese, avocado, and fresh cilantro.
  • This soup is hearty enough to serve on its own as a complete meal, or you can add a side of Southwestern Kale salad.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe

Try this recipe in the slow cooker. You can honestly throw everything into the slow cooker (uncooked) and cook for on high for 2 hours or low for about 4-5 hours. However, if you’d rather, you can cook the onion, garlic and meat before adding everything to a crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours.

Variations For This Taco Soup Recipe:

This soup is delicious as-is, but you can mix up the flavorings and customize the recipe to your taste.

  • Chicken: Use cooked shredded chicken or ground chicken instead of the turkey.
  • Spicy: Add 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.
  • Low Carb: Double the amount of ground meat and omit the beans and corn. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cauliflower rice during the last 5 minutes of the cooking process.
  • Creamy: After the soup is done, remove the pot from the stove and stir in 1 cup of sour cream.

Try These Other Favorite Soup Recipes:

Butternut Squash Soup

Copycat Panera Bread Chicken Noodle Soup

Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup from Gimme Some Oven

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup from Ambitious Kitchen

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4.8 from 15 votes
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Taco Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.7g1%
Cholesterol 25.5mg9%
Sodium 640.3mg28%
Potassium 196mg6%
Carbohydrates 20.3g7%
Fiber 2.2g9%
Sugar 6.1g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 620IU12%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:11 1 cup servings
Healthy Taco Soup
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
 

This healthy taco soup recipe is beyond delicious and so easy. It's a hearty blend of lean ground turkey, black beans, corn, crushed tomatoes and seasonings, all simmered to perfection. An easy dinner option that’s kid friendly and quick to make! It will be one of those go-to hearty soup recipes you make again and again!

Ingredients
Soup
  • 1/2 yellow onion or one small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or preferred ground meat
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (kidney beans would work too)
  • 1 (11-15 oz) can (fiesta or regular style corn), drained and rinsed
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can green chilis (optional)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans fire roasted (or regular) crushed tomato
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth (veggie or beef broth work fine too)
  • 1 packet store bought taco seasoning (or try my favorite homemade taco seasoning)
Topping options
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream or yogurt
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Corn chips
  • diced avocado
  • squeeze of lime juice
Instructions
  1. Heat about 1 tsp oil (or use cooking spray) in a pot over medium high heat. Add onion and cook for about 3 mins and then add garlic and cook for another 1-2 mins.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook, breaking it up as you go, until it is browned.
  3. Add remaining soup ingredients and turn heat down to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for 10-30 minutes to bring the flavors together. Adjust thickness with water if desired.
  5. Serve with desired toppings. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

SLOW COOKER OPTION: Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker, including the raw ground meat. Stir well. Cook on high for 2 hours, or low for 4 hours.

VEGAN OPTION: Simply leave out the meat. You can double up on the beans too.

Author: Kim
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: Easy Taco Soup, Taco Soup

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