Slow Cooker Taco Soup

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Slow Cooker Taco Soup is easy to make and is full of flavor. Top it off with your favorite taco toppings and you have a meal that is a crowd pleaser!

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

This Slow Cooker Taco Soup is perfect for cooler temperatures and busy weeknight schedules. Throw it all in your slow cooker, walk away and it will be ready to eat for dinner! I love that the ingredients are simple! It is nothing fancy but is something that is sure to please everyone. Everything is pretty much from a can for the most part so when I say it is simple, it really is. It is made with ground beef, 2 types of beans, diced tomatoes, some beef broth and delicious seasonings. You can add in some canned corn (my family may boycott if I added in the corn, but feel free too), or add in a fresh diced jalapeno or green pepper for some added flavor. We love the Taco Soup just as the recipe states below and I know you will love it too!

Making Slow Cooker Taco Soup

You will need at least a 5 quart slow cooker. A little bit of a smaller one may work, I just always use my 6 quart and have plenty of room. I love having a 6 quart slow cooker. I have a 3 quart one and hardly ever use it because it just seems too small. The great thing about having a bit bigger one is you can use it for smaller or larger meals-so versatile!

Side Note: I love my 6 quart slow cooker. If you are in the market for a bit larger one click on the image below! This slow cooker is the best! I love that it is simple and easy to use – no need to worry about figuring out how to program the dang thing – easy peasy and simple! Why make it harder than it needs to be? The price is great and it has a lid that locks….that is my favorite feature! No more worrying about the food splashing out or leaking in your car when you are transporting it somewhere, and it locks in the heat! Trust me, this slow cooker is a winner!

Back to cooking…The recipe is simple. You first need to dice a red onion and cook the onion along with your ground beef. I always drain and rinse my ground beef. This is optional and not necessary.

Slow Cooker Taco soup- ground beef

While my ground beef is cooking I get everything else ready. The beans need rinsed, then added to the slow cooker. Dump in your diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and beef broth. Next you will add the seasonings and give it a good stir. If adding in corn, add it in now (drain the corn first) and any other ingredients you wish, such as a fresh diced jalapeno or green pepper.

Once the ground beef is cooked, add it to the slow cooker with the other ingredients and give it a good stir again.

NOTE: This recipe will make at least 8 servings. I get more like 10-12 out of it, depending on serving size! The great news is that leftovers are great the next day or frozen for up to 6 months for an easy meal later!

Cooking Times for Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Your Taco Soup heats up fast! It just needs heated through. The soup can cook all day on low but you really only need 3-4 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high. Mine is always done and heated and ready to eat on the lower end of those times. My taco soup is easily done within 2 hours on high. Once it’s heated through I turn my slow cooker to “Keep Warm”, and let it stay warm until dinner.

Taco Toppings for Slow Cooker Taco Soup

I love topping this yummy soup with taco toppings. My favorite things to top it with are: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and crushed tortilla chips or the tortilla strips you can buy at the store (see notes in the recipe for my favorite tortilla strips). You can add jalapeno, green peppers, diced tomatoes, guacamole or any other toppings you like! No matter how you top it, you will love it!

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Taco Soup is easy to make and is full of flavor. Top it off with your favorite taco toppings and you have a meal that is a crowd pleaser!

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken (click HERE).

Smothered Chicken Burritos (click HERE).

Chicken Fajitas (click HERE).

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Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Taco Soup is easy to make and is full of flavor. Top it off with your favorite taco toppings and you have a meal that is a crowd pleaser!
Makes 8-10 servings (if not more) depending on serving size
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes with green chilis (do not drain juice)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) beef broth
  • 1 can (16 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (16 oz.) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp dry ranch seasoning mix or 1 – 1 oz. packet dry ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground oregano
  • black pepper to taste
  • optional ingredients: canned corn (drained), green peppers or fresh diced jalapeno

Taco Soup Toppings (suggestions only)

  • sour cream
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • tortilla strips *see notes
  • tortilla chips (crushed to add to soup or eaten along side soup)
  • diced green onion
  • diced tomato
  • guacamole
  • diced jalapeno or green pepper


  • Brown your ground beef with the red onion. Drain and rinse your ground beef once cooked (optional to drain and rinse). Set aside.
  • While your ground beef is browning, rinse and drain both cans of beans. Add the beans, diced tomatoes (do not drain the tomatoes), tomato sauce, beef broth, water and seasonings to your slow cooker. If adding canned corn, drain the corn and add it now. Mix well.
  • Add the cooked ground beef to the crockpot and other ingredients and mix well.
  • Cook on low 3-4 hours or on high 2-3 hours. Set to "Keep Warm" setting until ready to eat after cooking.
  • Top each serving with desired taco toppings.
  • This soup will stay great in the fridge for up to 4 days. It can also be frozen for up to 6 months. To reheat frozen soup just put it in your slow cooker until heated through.


You will notice the canned beans come in all different ounces.  They range from 14.5 oz. to 16 oz.  It doesn’t matter the exact amount, they are all similar in size.  
My favorite tortilla strips are found by the salad toppings at my grocery store or sometimes in the produce section.  I love Fresh Gourmet Tortilla Strips that are Santa Fe Style with a bit of seasoning (I am not getting paid to say that).  You can use any brand of tortilla strip or just regular tortilla chips!
tortilla strips
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