Taco Tuesday takes on a twist with this super easy, comforting, flavorful taco soup! A perfect dinner on a busy weeknight that the whole family will love, and you will love how simple it is to throw together with less than 10 minutes of prep time! Directions for both the Slow Cooker and Instant Pot.
The Easiest Taco Soup!
So guys. I just added the words easy and slow cooker to the title of this recipe. Your favorite phrases when it comes to dinner time!
And maybe a little redundant because, let’s be honest, the slow cooker is always easy. But I wanted to re-iterate that this soup and dinner can be thrown together in no time, and might be making it’s appearance in the regular meal rotation. It’s also super simple to make in the Instant Pot!!
This soup is one I’ve been making for years. It’s my husband’s favorite soup, like ever. My mom used to make taco soup growing up and it was my favorite dinner that she made. I haven’t changed too much to it over the years, but have added the convenience of the slow cooker.
I love this ground beef version, and my family is partial to beef. BUT, if you want a lighter variation, my Instant Pot Turkey Taco Soup is a bit different and still delicious!
How to make Taco Soup:
It requires simple pantry ingredients that you may already have on hand: 28 oz can whole tomatoes, 32 oz chicken broth, and a delicious blend of taco seasoning. We also add in bell pepper, onion, and cauliflower rice for more texture and flavor. So many delicious elements, and yet so simple!
You will need to brown your meat for 5 minutes before throwing everything into the crockpot. That’s it!! Brown the meat, toss all the ingredients together.
Top with cilantro, avocado, or any of your favorite taco toppings! This soup makes enough for 2 days, or is perfect for a large family.
How to make this in the Instant Pot:
This Taco Soup also is super simple in the Instant Pot. You will saute the beef and the onion together first. Then select cancel and add the remaining ingredients.
Cook on high pressure for 7 minutes and use a quick release! That’s it 🙂
To serve, top with all of your favorite toppings. Don’t skimp! You can avocado, cilantro, jalapeños, cheese, tortilla strips, sour cream, whatever you want!
If you want a fun Mexican themed side dish to enjoy with the soup, try my Mexican Slaw. One of my absolute favorite salads.
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Easy Slow Cooker Taco Soup
Taco Tuesday takes on a twist with this super easy, comforting, flavorful taco soup! A perfect dinner on a busy weeknight that the whole family will love, and you will love how simple it is to throw together with less than 10 minutes of prep time!
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 3 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp chipotle chili pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
- 1.5 lbs Organic Grass Fed Beef
- 1 bell pepper (any color) diced
- 1 large onion quartered
- 32 oz chicken broth
- 28 oz can whole tomatoes
- 16 oz Frozen riced cauliflower*
- Fresh cilantro to garnish optional
For the Slow Cooker:
Begin by heating up a large skillet pan to brown your beef. Cook over medium high heat for 5 minutes, or until beef is almost cooked through (a little pink is fine). Move beef to the slow cooker.
Mix together your taco seasoning in a small bowl, and add to beef. You can also use an envelope of pre-made taco seasoning.
Toss in onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, and riced cauliflower. Stir to coat the ingredients evenly.
Top with chicken broth.
Cook on low for about 4 hours or high 2-3 hours (varies by slow cooker).
You can remove the quartered onion, or enjoy it with the soup.
Serve hot with and garnish with cilantro (if using) and any of your favorite taco toppings.
For the Instant Pot:
Select the saute function on your Instant Pot and wait for it to be hot (should only take a few minutes).
Add oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Toss in grown beef with the onion. Saute for about 5 minutes (beef doesn’t have to be cooked all the way through but should be close).
Toss in your seasonings (make sure to mix them together in a small bowl before hand)and coat the beef with seasoning. Hit cancel on your Instant Pot.
Add bell pepper, chicken broth, tomatoes, and riced cauliflower. Secure the lid. Select manual and cook on high pressure for 7 minutes. Use a quick release.
Serve hot with fresh cilantro. Garnish with any other toppings of choice.
*I have only used frozen riced cauliflower in this recipe, but fresh riced cauliflower can also work. For the slow cooker, I would wait to add until toward the end of cook time.
Brian Rickel says
I used this recipe as my base. I used a packet of taco seasoning instead of buying all the separate seasonings. Instead of ground beef, I used a couple skinless, boneless chicken breasts that I had already cooked in the crock pot a couple days earlier. Also, I added a can of red beans, seasoned corn, and a few green onions. Turned out great!
Why is the onion quartered and not diced? Thx!
Gives it more flavor as it slow cooks, but you can definitely dice it if preferred!
patricia joanides says
Hi, for your recipe, Easy Slow Cooker Taco Soup, what size instant pot is it designed for? I’m debating getting either a 3qt or 6qt instant pot, for 1-2 people. thank you very much.
Amy Rains says
I would still get the 6qt, even with 1-2 people! This recipe and most recipes you will find in books or online are for a 6qt.