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Easy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe (One Pot Meal)

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Change up dinner this week with this quick and easy Instant Pot Taco Soup! Loaded with seasoned beef, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and more. This easy recipe takes 10 minutes to cook and offers that slow-simmered flavor you know and love. This Instant Pot taco soup recipe is one the whole family can enjoy and takes no time to whip up.

Taco Soup in a white bowl on a table with cheese and chips.

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Pile high with sour cream, top with tortilla chips, and add your favorite taco toppings. This quick dinner reheats beautifully. Taco soup in the Instant Pot will become an instant favorite.

If you love instant pot recipes, I have a few more you might want to add to your meal planning. Try out this Instant Pot chicken penne pastapressure cooker stuffed peppers, or even my chicken marsala Instant Pot recipe.

  • Perfect for busy weeknights, this delicious taco soup makes weeknight meals fuss-free and flavorful.
  • Reinvent taco night with an easy soup that’s brimming with the signature tastes of a timeless Mexican dish.
  • Boasting a mere 10-minute cooking time, it’s a quick solution for anyone craving a hearty, savory meal.
  • With the ability to top it off with all your cherished taco garnishes, this delicious soup elevates your dining experience to new, customizable heights.

Ingredients For Instant Pot Taco Soup

Ground beef, beans, corn, taco seasoning, spices, onion, crushed tomatoes, and chicken broth on a table.
  • Oil – You will want some oil for the saute of the onions.
  • Onions – To enhance the flavor of this soup, you will want to finely dice the onion.
  • Ground Beef – Make sure to remove the grease once you are done with the saute feature.
  • Taco Seasoning – You can use your favorite brand or make your own taco seasoning.
  • Seasonings – Garlic salt, salt, and pepper are what I used to season the dish.
  • Corn – I reached for corn out of the can, but you could use frozen corn as well.
  • Black Beans – Now, black beans are great, but pinto beans work just as well if you don’t have black beans.
  • Crushed Tomatoes – This is one of my favorite ingredients. Dress up the  great flavor even more with a can of Rotel.
  • Chicken Broth – The chicken broth helps to bring all the flavors together in a rich broth.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Turkey or Chicken – Lean ground turkey or shredded chicken breasts can be used in place of ground beef for a lighter option.
  • Vegetarian Twist – Omit the meat and add quinoa or an extra can of beans, such as kidney beans, for a vegetarian-friendly meal.
  • Spice Level – Use mild, medium, or hot taco seasoning to adjust the heat. Add diced jalapeños, chili powder, or chili flakes to taste for an extra kick.
  • Different Beans – Use navy, Great Northern, or even refried beans for varying textures and flavors.
  • Broth Variations – While chicken broth is a staple, try beef or vegetable broth for a different layer of flavor.
  • Tomato Alternatives – Instead of crushed tomatoes, try fire-roasted tomatoes for a smoky taste or fresh tomatoes for a brighter note.
  • Add Veggies – Increase the nutritional value by adding chopped bell peppers, zucchini, or carrots.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How To Make Instant Pot Taco Soup

Collage of assembling taco soup in an Instant Pot.
  1. Activate the sauté button on the Instant Pot. Pour in oil, add vegetables, and cook until they soften.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pot, cooking it thoroughly. Remove excess grease. (Photo 1)
  3. Incorporate all remaining ingredients into the pot, stirring and scraping the bottom to loosen any bits. (Photos 2 & 3)
  4. Seal the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for the specified time and perform a quick pressure release afterward.
  5. Open the pot, give the taco soup a stir, and serve with your choice of taco garnishes.
A bowl of taco soup with a blue tablecloth and spoon sitting on it.

Expert Tips 

  • Use lean ground beef, so you don’t have to drain as much of the excess grease.
  • I like to top it with tortilla strips for a nice crunch factor.
  • Fresh avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream are all great taco soup toppings. I have even used corn chips, and it was tasty.
  • You can use ground turkey in a swap of beef.
  • Toss in a can of green chiles for added flavor.
  • Swap black beans with kidney beans if you want.

Alternative Cooking Methods

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, don’t worry – you can still enjoy this scrumptious taco soup by using alternative cooking methods. For instance, a slow cooker taco soup is an excellent option for those who prefer to set it and forget it. 

Simply brown the meat and sauté the onions before adding them to the crockpot with the rest of your ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. A stovetop method is always reliable. 

Just use a large pot to cook your ingredients, letting the soup simmer for about 30 minutes to meld the flavors together beautifully. Whichever method you choose, the end result is a hearty, flavorful taco soup that’s perfect for any occasion.

Storing Tips 

Refrigerate – Refrigerate any of the leftover soup for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. This is the perfect recipe to use for quick lunches later in the week.

Reheat – To reheat, you can warm it on the stovetop, microwave, or even on the saute feature in the Instant Pot. Just heat until the soup is warmed all the way through.

Freezer – You can also freeze this soup. Just place in a freezer container and freeze for 2-3 months. Then thaw it in the fridge overnight and then warm it up for an easy weeknight dinner when you want something simple.

Taco Soup in a white bowl with a chip sitting on a wooden table.

What To Serve With Instant Pot Taco Soup

This hearty soup pairs wonderfully with a variety of side dishes and toppings, ensuring a customizable meal to suit any palate. Enjoy your Instant Pot taco soup with:

  • Crunchy Sides: A side of crispy tortilla chips or warm, golden cornbread beautifully complements the soup’s texture.
  • Fresh Salads: Opt for a simple green salad or a zesty southwest quinoa salad to add a refreshing element to your meal.
  • Rice: A bowl of fluffy cilantro-lime rice or Spanish rice can serve as a perfect base to soak up the rich flavors.
  • Toppings Galore: For personal customization, offer an array of toppings, such as shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, diced avocados, chopped cilantro, and lime wedges.

Recipe FAQs

What does it mean to quick release?

Once your Instant Pot is done cooking, you will use a wooden spoon to push the valve in the back to release the steam. This will quickly release the pressure so you can open the lid once all the steam is gone and the pin drops.

Can I add heavy cream to the soup?

If you want a creamy soup, you will want to add it in once the soup is done cooking. Slowly stir it in once the soup is done, and then serve right away. Dairy products do not cook that well when pressure-cooked.

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Taco soup in a white bowl with a chip on the side.
5 from 6 votes

Easy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe (One Pot Meal)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Instant Pot taco soup is the best pressure cooker soup. Loaded with seasoned ground beef, corn, beans and more. Quick and easy dinner! A simple and easy ground beef dinner idea for kids and adults.

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ onion diced
  • 1- pound (453 ⅗ g) Ground Beef
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (154 g) corn canned
  • 15 oz (425 ¼ g) can of black beans
  • 15 oz (425 ¼ g) can crushed tomatoes or diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups (946 ⅓ ml) chicken broth

Instructions

  • Activate the sauté button on the Instant Pot. Pour in oil, add vegetables, and cook until they soften.
    2 tablespoons oil,½ onion diced,1 teaspoon garlic salt,1 teaspoon Salt,1 teaspoon pepper,1 cup corn,15 oz can of black beans,15 oz can crushed tomatoes or diced tomatoes
  • Add the ground beef to the pot, cooking it thoroughly. Remove excess grease.
    1- pound Ground Beef
  • Incorporate all remaining ingredients into the pot, stirring and scraping the bottom to loosen any bits.
    3 tablespoons taco seasoning,4 cups chicken broth
  • Seal the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for the specified time and perform a quick pressure release afterward.
  • Open the pot, give the taco soup a stir, and serve with your choice of taco garnishes.

Notes

  • Use lean ground beef, so you don’t have to drain as much of the excess grease.
  • I like to top it with tortilla strips for a nice crunch factor.
  • Fresh avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream are all great taco soup toppings. I have even used corn chips, and it was tasty.
  • You can use ground turkey in a swap of beef.
  • Toss in a can of green chiles for added flavor.
  • Swap black beans with kidney beans if you want.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 984kcal (49%) Carbohydrates: 26g (9%) Protein: 28g (56%) Fat: 87g (134%) Saturated Fat: 14g (88%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g Monounsaturated Fat: 47g Trans Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 85mg (28%) Sodium: 2681mg (117%) Potassium: 903mg (26%) Fiber: 9g (38%) Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 312IU (6%) Vitamin C: 15mg (18%) Vitamin D: 0.1µg (1%) Calcium: 106mg (11%) Iron: 6mg (33%)

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Such a tasty soup in such a short amount of time with the instant pot. This looks so delicious and easy to make too.

  2. 5 stars
    This taco soup looks amazing. Hearty, comforting and packed with great flavor. Looking forward to enjoying a big bowl of this.

  3. 5 stars
    Such a cozy soup recipe! It’s so flavorful and great with some cheese on top. Chili meets soup, what’s not to love?

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