Thursday, September 9, 2021

Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe + Video

Slow cooker taco soup combines seasoned beef with beans and veggies for an easy, filling meal. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

“Set it and forget it” meals are some of my favorites, and this beef taco soup is no exception. In fact, there aren’t even dishes to clean if I’ve done some meal prep recently!

Craving more Mexican-inspired recipes? Look no further than this cheesy pasta salad or one pot spaghetti. Both are ready in under 30 minutes for a quick and easy dinner.

And if you prefer poultry, I also have a chicken version of this slow cooker taco soup that is just as delicious.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe on a ladle

Slow Cooker Taco Soup - Ingredient Notes

  • Ground beef - Use a lean blend or substitute ground turkey or chicken instead. Brown the meat in a skillet first so you can drain off the grease, which also prevents clumping. 
  • Fire roasted corn - If you can’t find this at your local store, feel free to use regular corn instead. Or, char kernels in a pan on the stove to add that southwest flavor.
  • Beef stock - Using this instead of water adds loads of additional flavor. Vegetable stock is a lighter alternative, or try chicken stock if you’ll be using ground poultry.
  • Canned beans - Drain and rinse the beans to reduce the sodium as well as the gas-producing starches. 
  • Seasoning - Use a packet from your favorite brand or 2 tablespoons of my homemade blend.

crockpot taco soup recipe cooking ground beef

Crockpot Taco Soup Recipe Video

To see us make this from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.

Serving Suggestions

This is hearty enough on its own, but toppings make everything better!

Stir in some sour cream, avocado, or shredded cheese for a creamier texture. Or, sprinkle some chopped cilantro and a handful of crushed tortilla chips over the top.

If you like a little kick to your meals, pickled jalapeƱo slices add a touch of heat without any crunch.

beef taco soup ingredients in a slow cooker

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Slow Cooker - Great for soups, roasts, shredded chicken, and more! I love it in the cooler months, but it’s also great in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the whole house with the oven.
  • Medium Skillet - This is my go-to pan that I’ve had for over a decade!
  • Wooden Spoon - Use this to break up the ground beef and stir the slow cooker taco soup. It’s much better at scraping the tasty bits off the bottom of the pan than plastic utensils.

pouring beef stock into slow cooker

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I double this crockpot taco soup recipe?

Absolutely! This easily feeds six, especially with toppings, but you can adjust the amounts to feed a larger crowd.

Be sure to use a 6-quart crock pot so there’s plenty of room for the extra ingredients.

Can you cook frozen meat in a crockpot?

While you technically can, you definitely shouldn’t! It simply won’t get to a safe temperature fast enough, creating an environment for harmful bacteria to flourish.

Any frozen meat should be thawed first, and it’s typically best to brown ground beef before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

slow cooker taco soup in the crockpot

How long does beef taco soup last in the refrigerator?

Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove until warmed through.


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crockpot taco soup recipe in a ladle

Yield: 6
Author: Melanie Dueck
Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe

Slow cooker taco soup combines seasoned beef with beans and veggies for an easy, filling meal. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 8 HourTotal time: 8 H & 10 M


For the soup
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups fire roasted corn, canned or frozen
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (7-ounce) can green chilies
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 package taco seasoning (2 tablespoons)
For he toppings
  • Avocado
  • Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Brown the beef in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Drain off the fat, and transfer to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining soup ingredients, stir together, and cook on low for 6-8 hours (or 3-4 hours on high) until onions and beef are tender.
  3. Ladle into bowls and top with cheese, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, and tortilla chips.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe closeup

Originally published December 2017, updated and republished September 2021

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  1. I have found that if you use lean ground beef it's not necessary to cook it before putting it in the crockpot. I simply mix it up/mash it up with whatever liquids are called for and it doesn't clump either. Saves a step and time. Has always worked fine for me.

  2. Hi thank you so much for the Taco soup recipe! Would you share which non stick pan you use? I went to the link and there were several listed! Thank you ever so much! Elizabeth

  3. Hi Melanie, the soup looks great, and thanks for the tip about breaking up the mince. would it possible to put the ingredient quantities in metric as well, for us followers in Europe? Many thanks Sean

  4. How can I make it thicker mine is brothie I want to make it thicker.

  5. @Echo You could probably thicken it up by adding a small can of tomato paste, and/or use less beef broth than what is called for. Just an idea.

  6. I made this dish the other day and it was delicious. My daughter was recently diagnosed with corn allergies, so I didnt use corn I used the yellow bell peppers instead and no one noticed that there was no corn in the dish. My family loved it.

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianFebruary 18, 2018 at 11:15 AM

      That sounds wonderful! We are so happy your family enjoyed it!

  7. Denise Lamb Made the Taco Soup for dinner tonight.
    It is so delicious. Each of the three of us enjoyed it
    so much and we are looking forward to having the
    leftovers for dinner tomorrow night.
    Can not wait to try more of these recipes.

  8. I made this soup today and the three of us enjoyed it so much.
    We are looking forward to having it again for dinner tomorrow evening.
    We are all looking forward to trying more of your recipes.
    Thanks for a delicious dinner.

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianFebruary 20, 2018 at 7:39 AM

      Thanks so much! We are so happy you enjoyed it!

  9. This is the best recipe ever!!! We started making it about a year ago, and it has become a staple in our house. We make it thicker (by using less beef broth) and we call it taco chili. We always make enough for at least two meals, and there are never any leftovers. We are big cumin lovers, so we usually add an additional tablespoon of cumin. Thanks so much for this recipe!!

  10. Replies
    1. I plan to try this recipe but I'll use a potato ricer to squeeze out the excess fat and use regular 80:20 ground beef. Seeing how much it removes you may want to use it on all of your stews/soups using ground beef. Also works good on canned tuna.


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