This Taco Soup is one of my family’s FAVORITE meals! I love this recipe because it’s super easy–make it on the stovetop or toss everything into your crockpot and let it simmer all day. Plus, it uses up a whole bunch of refrigerator and pantry staples: canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, taco seasoning (you can even make your own in bulk!), and kidney beans. Oh, and a fresh onion and some fresh garlic. It’s cheap, packed with protein, and feeds a smally army. In fact, my oldest son, who has always been a die-hard chili fan (this Easy Weeknight Chili and Sara’s Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili are two of his favorite meals) declared this his favorite. So. That’s saying a lot.

My favorite topping is a big spoonful or two of Pico de Gallo. It adds a lot of fresh flavor with almost no extra calories. I also love adding some sour cream, shredded cheese, and some crushed tortilla chips (or, if you’re feeling fancy, you could fry your own tortilla strips.

bowl of taco soup from our best bites

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taco soup from our best bites


This family-friendly taco soup is packed with protein and fiber, uses a whole bunch of pantry staples, and feeds a small army!


1 lb. lean or extra-lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
45 cloves garlic, minced
1 1.25-ounce packet taco seasoning (or make your own and use about 1/4 cup)
3 cups water, divided
2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
2 15-ounce cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, drained (or 1 cup frozen corn)

Toppings: Pico de Gallo, light sour cream, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, tortilla strips, guacamole, etc.


Heat 1-2 teaspoons olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. When hot, brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic. When almost brown, add the taco seasoning and 1 cup water. Add the remaining ingredients, including the remaining 2 cups water, bring to a medium boil, then, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for at least 15 minutes. Serve with desired toppings. Makes 10 1 1/2-cup servings.


Slow Cooker Instructions: After browning the meat, place all the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for about 6-8 hours.

Freezer Instructions: Because of all the canned goods, you’ll just take up a lot of space in your freezer if you freeze the whole recipe. However, after it’s been cooked, the leftovers freeze extremely well. You can even try freezing individual portions in 12-oz. freezer-safe containers and then reheating them for a quick lunch.

Nutritional Information (using 93% lean ground beef):
Calories: 188
Fat: 3.6
Fiber: 8.6
Protein: 15.8


  1. I have a similar recipe that calls for a pkt of ranch dressing mix as well. When I make this I usually freeze the leftovers and they always taste better than the 1st go around. Thanks for sharing! I always love to see your recipes! ~J

  2. how much sodium is in this recipe…do you know? That is the only thing I worry about using so many canned goods and taco seasoning..maybe I will try with fresh ingredients! Thanks for the idea!!

    1. You can get low/ no salt added tomato sauce and canned tomatoes, and low sodium taco seasoning. Or use fresh tomatoes. I used frozen corn and ground turkey breast instead of beef. It would also be good using less taco seasoning and subbing rotel tomatoes for regular diced tomatoes.

  3. I LOVE that you are adding the exact points for the toppings. I always hate trying to come up with the points for the little things like that! This looks super yummy!

  4. Have you ever tried it with crushed tomatoes instead of diced? I'm really weird about chunks of tomatoes in things…I'm also back on WW and appreciate the points very much!

  5. I'm loving that you are posting all these recipes with WW points. I have been using WW off and on for years to maintain and regulate my weight. I really appreciate their new point system as it actually encourages healthy eating.
    I've already made two of your recipes this week…the black bean soup and the spinach feta pasta. Both were great! Keep recipes like these coming! You will be surprised at how many women want good ww recipes!

  6. Thanks for doing the points. I'm getting started on eating better too and my husband is sure to join me with food this good!

  7. Woo hoo! Number 1! Go me! Kate, I'm excited about this recipe because I'm FREEZING up here lately! And, I have yet to find a great taco soup recipe. This one looks REALLY good! I think I just might make it tomorrow! Thanks!

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