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Turkey Taco Soup

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Turkey Taco Soup combines lean ground turkey with chopped veggies, canned beans and tomatoes, frozen corn, and taco seasoning. Load it up with all the toppings for the perfect bowl of cozy on any night of the week!

Soup Season at our home looks like a constant rotations of flavors and textures. We love a spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup, a creamy Autumn Squash Soup, or a hearty Beef Barley Vegetable Soup on any given night of the week!

Overhead shot of a stock pot of turkey taco soup.

Best Taco Soup

I’m not sure about you, but a big ole’ bowl of soup is probably one of my favorite meals during the cooler months. Now that I’m actually cooking in a real live functioning kitchen (and beautiful, I might add!), I’m whipping up all the soups. Depending on how many boys I am feeding, I often times double the recipes so that I can eat leftover soup at lunch time.

Soup on soup on soup!

Closeup on a bowl of turkey taco soup on a gray tray.

Turkey Taco Soup is my go-to for so many reasons.

  • lean and mean – only 418 calories for a large bowl
  • high in protein AND filling – two pounds of meat plus 2 cans of beans
  • the perfect amount of spice – taco seasoning plus jalapeño (which is optional, of course)
  • ready in an hour (or less if you prep the night before)
  • made in ONE pot
  • delish, obviously, because TACO SOUP!

I’m a sucker for anything Tex-Mex, and this soup is no exception. Trust me. You’re gonna love it!

A gray tray filled with all the ingredients for turkey taco soup.
The stockpot of the browned turkey with a heap of taco seasoning.

How to make Turkey Taco Soup:

  1. Brown the meat. In a medium stock pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey, onions, and jalapeños. Cook until the turkey is browned and cooked through completely. Then add the garlic and homemade taco seasoning. Stir well, and cook for another few minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Then add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and pinto beans. Bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer, and cook for about 20-25 minutes.
  3. Serve. Serve the soup with Mexican cheese, Tostito chips, sour cream, avocado slices, cilantro, and extra jalapeño.
Closeup of a pot of turkey taco soup.

There are different ways to season this soup.

  1. Use a store bought packet of taco seasoning.
  2. Add a simple mixture of chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  3. Make up a large batch of my homemade taco seasoning to use for ALL of your taco needs!

I definitely recommend keeping a jar of seasoning on hand. I use it in several other recipes on here, including the following.

Overhead shot of homemade taco seasoning in a mason jar with a measuring spoon inside.

ALL the toppings make this soup POP!

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • Tostito chips
  • avocado slices
  • jalapeño (for kick – optional, of course)
  • cilantro

My hubby eats his taco soup plain. Mine? It’s loaded, just like it should be! Enjoy, ya’ll!

A board full of the topping choices for turkey taco soup.
Overhead view of a bowl of turkey taco soup with all of the toppings.

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Make this soup next: One Pot Lasagna Soup

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xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of a stock pot of turkey taco soup.

Turkey Taco Soup

Turkey Taco Soup combines lean ground turkey with chopped veggies, canned beans and tomatoes, frozen corn, and taco seasoning. Load it up with all the toppings for the perfect bowl of cozy on any night of the week!
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Tex-Mex soup, turkey taco soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 1 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion – diced
  • 1 large jalapeno – diced (with seeds) – optional
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 3 Tablespoons homemade taco seasoning – or use store-bought
  • 30 oz. fire-roasted diced tomatoes, canned – including juices
  • 30 oz. pinto beans, canned – or any preferred beans
  • 10 oz. frozen corn
  • 3 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
  • avocado slices, sour cream, Tostito chips, shredded cheese, cilantro – to serve


  • In a large stock pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add ground turkey, onion and jalapeños, and sauté until turkey is browned and cooked through. Add garlic and taco seasoning, and stir for another 30 seconds or so.
  • Next add tomatoes, beans, corn, and chicken broth. Simmer for 20 – 30 minutes or so to fully absorb flavors.
  • To serve, add any combination of avocado slices, sour cream, Tostito chips, cheese, green onions, and cilantro.



  1. For best results, use my homemade taco seasoning. Can also use a store-bought package of seasoning.
  2. You can switch out the beans for any variety that you like.
  3. Ground beef can also be substituted for ground turkey.
  4. This recipe can be placed in a slow cooker after meat is browned, and allowed to simmer all day long.
  5. Leftovers may need extra broth.


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 815mg | Potassium: 1120mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 4.7mg
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  1. I love soup. My husband prefers a thicker texture. I will make this and give him a big bowl of rice on the side so he can make into a hot dish instead of soup. Great idea to make your own taco seasoning. I can my own tomatoes and beans so this will be a great dish to use them in.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Sounds wonderful, Pam! Enjoy!

  2. Do you have instant pot directions or know how long to cook it for?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Mona. I always make this recipe on the stove top because it’s so easy and the canned goods are already cooked. I recommend that you try it on your stove top!

  3. Delicious and super easy!! You know I love my Tex-Mex!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yup, one of the EASIEST soup recipes EVER! Glad you enjoyed it, Shari!

  4. Taco soup is one of our favorite go-to soups, especially this time of year! We love to load it up with toppings, too!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay! I hope you stay warm today! 🙂

  5. I love taco soup, looks like I just found what I’m making for dinner!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That’s so great, Tara! Enjoy!

  6. Andrea Metlika says:

    This looks Fabulous! I too like anything Tex-Mex. My family is going to love this.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Andrea! I hope ya’ll love it!

  7. Jessica Formicola says:

    This is just what I need to warm myself up today! I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I know, right? It’s cold and rainy here in Dallas! Enjoy Jessica!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you so much Veena! 🙂

  8. Great minds think alike! I was just thinking it was time to make taco soup! I’ve never tried it with ground turkey before. Headed to the store in a bit to get ingredients for this soup & your homemade taco seasoning! (I am ready to ditch the little store bought seasoning bag too!) Thanks for the inspiration! It looks delicious!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I hope you enjoy it, Cathy!! 🙂

  9. I got this! It tastes incredible and only has 11 ingredients! #leanandmean #onmyway??

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      It IS incredible, isn’t it? 🙂

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