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Chicken Taco Soup Recipe – So quick and easy, this chicken taco soup recipe is flavorful and delicious! Made with chicken, beans, corn, it is on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Looking for more easy soup recipes? I think you’ll love my taco soup, chicken noodle soup, and Grandmother’s potato soup.
If there is even a hint of cooler weather on the horizon, you better believe I start dreaming of my favorite soups, stews, and comforting classics to make! This Chicken Taco Soup is one of my new favorites! A riff off of my original Taco Soup Recipe, it comes together in a snap! It is easy to make on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or even in the Instant Pot!
Why I Love This Recipe
- Easy recipe. This easy soup can be made in so many ways: stovetop, slow cooker and the Instant Pot.
- Flavorful soup. Every bite is packed with flavor in this soup!
- Make-ahead and freezer friendly. This soup is excellent to make ahead for busy nights and it freezes beautifully.
Chicken Taco Soup Recipe
To make this soup recipe, you’ll need the following:
- chicken – I like to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts to make it super easy to shred my chicken into the soup once it has cooked. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs or even a mix of chicken pieces in this soup.
- taco seasoning – I’m a homemade taco seasoning girl and keep it on hand in a spice jar ready to add flavor in a jiffy! My homemade recipe uses minimal ingredients, but packs a ton of flavor without all the “other” stuff! 🙂
- chicken stock, broth, or water – Use whichever you prefer or have available to make this soup. The chicken stock and broth enhance the chicken flavor in this soup, but water also works well for a budget-friendly soup.
- black beans – I love the addition of black beans to this recipe. You’ll want to drain them before adding to the soup.
- corn – I use whole-kernel corn that I’ve drained before adding to the soup.
- chili beans – undrained mild chili beans add so much flavor to this soup and enhance the taco seasoning. You can also use pinto beans, white beans, or your favorite soup bean.
- tomatoes – you’ll use tomatoes with green chilis (you can also add more green chilis if you like), stewed or diced tomatoes, based on your preference. The stewed tomatoes will leave larger pieces of the tomato in the finished soup.
- ranch seasoning mix – while adding ranch seasoning to a taco soup may sound odd, don’t skip it! It completes this soup! I use my homemade ranch seasoning that I keep on hand like I do my taco seasoning. It’s a good thing.
How to Make Chicken Taco Soup
You can make this incredible soup on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or the Instant Pot!
Stovetop Chicken Taco Soup: add everything to a Dutch oven set over medium heat. Cover and allow to cook until the chicken is cooked through and easily pulls apart with two forks, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup: add everything into the slow cooker, cover, and set the timer for 6 hours on low. Then, pull the chicken with two forks and serve.
Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup: add everything into the Instant Pot, seal and cook for 10 minutes on High pressure. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then use the quick release. Remove the lid, shred the chicken, stir and serve.
Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions
To make ahead. Allow to cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To freeze. Store in an airtight, freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Here’s my Chicken Taco Soup Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!
Chicken Taco Soup Recipe
- 2 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1-1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
- 1 (15-¼ ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
- 1 (16-ounce) can mild chili beans, undrained
- 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
- 2 1/2 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix
- 1 (4-ounce) can 4 ounces chopped green chilies, optional
- Salt and pepper to taste when serving
- Tortilla chips
- Sour cream
- Green onions chopped
- Cheddar cheese shredded
Stovetop Chicken Taco Soup Recipe
- Add the chicken, taco seasoning, chicken stock, broth or water, black beans, corn, chili beans, tomatoes, ranch seasoning, and green chilis to a Dutch oven set over medium heat. Cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through, tender and easily pulls apart with two forks, about 30 minutes. Serve with optional toppings.
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup Recipe
- Add chicken to slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, chicken stock, broth or water, black beans, corn, chili beans, tomatoes, ranch seasoning, and the green chilies. Stir until well combined.
- Cook on low setting for 6 hours. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, chopped green onions, or shredded cheese.
Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup Recipe
- Add the chicken to the Instant Pot. Add the taco seasoning, chicken stock, broth or water, black beans, corn, chili beans, tomatoes, ranch seasoning and green chilis to the Instant Pot. Stir until well combined.
- Secure the lid to the Instant Pot and seal the vent. Cook for 10 minutes on High Setting. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then carefully release the remaining pressure. Remove the lid of the Instant Pot. Shred the chicken with two forks and serve. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, chopped green onions, or shredded cheese.
Store Chicken Taco Soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freezer Friendly:
Allow the Chicken Taco Soup to cool and then store in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Vegetarian:
To make this Chicken Taco Soup vegetarian friendly, omit the chicken from the recipe. Additional black beans or another type of bean may be used in place, if desired.
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Hi, Robyn! Looks so yummy on this first day of Fall!
If you have some chicken that’s already cooked, would you still need to set the IP for 10 minutes? I’m trying to use up some rotisserie chicken I have in the refrigerator, and thought this would be a good way!
I would either cook this in the Instant Pot on Saute or on the stovetop. You would just need to make sure everything is heated throughout. Hope you enjoy!
I had two thawed chicken breasts that I needed to cook and saw this recipe. I threw this together in a flash because I had all of the ingredients in my pantry except mild chili beans, I added an additional can of black beans. It is low calorie and perfect if you are on the WW program. It would also be good with Rotel and sour cream mixed in. I made cornbread for my husband and we both loved this quick dinner. Leftovers will be great!
Thanks, Ida. So glad you and your husband loved this soup. Don’t you love how easy this recipe is?
We grilled the chicken the night before. Used tomatoes from our garden. And this was fantastic! I also think an extra can of black beans is what I will do next time! Can’t wait to share this soup with family!
Thanks, Carolyn. I love this with fresh tomatoes from the garden! Hope your family loves it.
So, just to be sure, I can put raw chicken in the pot along with everything and cook all at once for 30 minutes?? I’ve never added raw chicken to anything unless it was cooked first. This makes me kind of nervous, although, i’m kind of new to cooking.
Anna, you do put the raw chicken in with everything else and cook it about 30 minutes on the stovetop until the chicken is cooked throughout and is tender. Hope you enjoy!
Sounds delicious! I think you could easily use ground beef and beef broth for this recipe also. (I keep browned ground beef in my freezer for soups, casseroles, etc.)
Denise, you should try my Taco Soup recipe made with ground beef. Hope you enjoy!
This was so yummy and not spicy to where kids can’t eat it. This was my first time to make taco soup and I’m glad I found this recipe to try it out.
Larissa, I am so glad everyone loved the soup. Thanks!
My absolute favorite recipe! My favorite soup to make.
Thanks so much, Shay! I love this soup, too.