This fresh and zesty 5 ingredient taco soup is a weeknight winner.

Seasoned ground beef, Rotel tomatoes, and a can of beans are simmered in broth for a recipe that goes from stovetop to tabletop in less than 15 minutes.

This simple recipe is delicious as it is or can be treated as a basic foundation for creative add-ins.

5 Ingredient Taco Soup with sour cream and cheese

The Easiest Taco Soup

  • The main ingredients are ready-made and everything else is easy to add.
  • Toss in leftover veggies and cheese from the fridge and make it a new recipe every time.
  • Make it on the stove or in the Instant Pot for guests and let them help themselves.
  • 5 ingredient soup is a keto dream! Simply replace the beans with low-carb veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, or spinach.
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Only 5 Ingredients

Ground Beef – Ground chicken, turkey, spicy Italian sausage, or even tofu are excellent protein alternatives.

Seasonings – Switch out taco seasoning for a packet of Ranch dressing or make your own and have some for later.

Broth – Go for low or no-sodium broth, if desired. Beef broth has the heartiest flavor, but chicken and vegetable broth works too.

Variations – Anything goes for 5-ingredient taco soup! Corn, onions, chopped green chilis, and even a bag of frozen mixed veggies or potatoes will add bulk and extra flavor to taco soup! Make a creamy taco soup by whisking in a little heavy whipped cream or sour cream with the broth in Step 3.

adding taco seasoning to beef to make 5 Ingredient Taco Soup

How to Make 5 Ingredient Taco Soup

Savory 5 ingredient taco soup is a family favorite.

  1. Cook ground beef and drain, add taco seasoning (as per the recipe below).
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer until barely thickened.

Serve with optional toppings, if desired.

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Taco Soup Toppings

Place a variety of toppings on the table so everyone can make their own taco soup creation! Tortilla chips, shredded cheddar or a Mexican cheese blend, sliced black olives, sliced jalapenos, a dollop of sour cream, salsa, or guacamole. Serve with a 5-ingredient corn casserole.

Storing Taco Soup

Keep leftover 5 ingredient taco soup in a covered container for up to 3 days and reheat on the stove. Freeze in zippered bags for up to 6 weeks and reheat from frozen on low heat on the stove.

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5 Ingredient Taco Soup

5 ingredient taco soup is filled with all the great flavors of Mexico.
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly




  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 cans Rotel tomatoes 10 oz each
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 15 ounce canned pinto beans or black beans, drained and rinsed


  • In a medium saucepan, cook the ground beef over medium high heat breaking it up with a spoon until no pink remains. Drain fat.
  • Add the taco seasoning and stir to combine, cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, beef broth, and rinsed beans.
  • Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add toppings as desired.


Optional topping suggestions:
Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onion, avocado.
Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and in the freezer for 6 weeks. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1293mg | Potassium: 1202mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican

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