Taco Soup

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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

taco soup from our best bites

Taco Soup

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
  • 4-5 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
Author: kate jones
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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  1. You are my favorite blog for recipes. I use you all the time! Imagine my surprise (and glee) when you blog the taco soup recipe I use all the time! You guys are the best!

  2. This is my go to soup. The only thing I do differently is that I use fire roasted crushed tomatoes instead of the tomato sauce. Super easy and yummy!!!

  3. I just made this soup tonight, and it was delicious! Thanks so much for all your yummy recipes.

  4. I love this soup. My family and I tried Weight Watchers Simple Start recently, and me, a lover of original taco soup, NEEDED to find a nice healthy good recipe for taco soup. I made it one night, and all of us loved it. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe… it’s a must-make. 🙂

  5. Delish!! Made it to freeze for later meals and it worked out perfectly. I cannot believe something that tastes so good is so low in fat and calories! YUM!

  6. Made this last night and both my children ages 13 and 6 and husband loved it! My kids won’t eat kidney beans so I used one can pinto beans and one can chili beans. They want me to make it again. This mom is happy! Thanks!!