A creamy broth, ground beef, beans, vegetables, and plenty of taco spice go into this delicious creamy taco soup. It’s super simple to make and takes only 30 minutes!


On a cutting board, a bowl of creamy taco soup.

I enjoy meals where I can open a few cans of ingredients, dump them in, and the dish is almost ready.

While there are a few more steps to this soup, it’s almost as simple as it sounds!

This creamy taco soup is comforting and delicious, and the cream cheese adds a richness that you’ll love.


Instructions in a Step-by-Step Format

Ingredients for taco soup on a white table.

BROWN 1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey) until no longer pink in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Remove any excess fat.

Ground beef that has been browned in a pot surrounded by bowls of seasonings.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 28 ounces crushed tomatoes, 3 cups chicken broth (or one of these chicken broth substitutes), 3 tablespoons taco seasoning, 15.5 ounces drained kidney beans, 15.5 ounces drained black beans, and 15 ounces drained corn.

On a table, there is a pot of taco soup with a wooden spoon and a bowl of cream cheese.

Preheat the oven to 350°F and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes until it has to a boil.

CRUMBLE 4 ounces room temperature cream cheese (or one of these cream cheese substitutes) and stir into the soup. Allow for 2 minutes of melting time before whisking in any remaining cubes.

In a pot, taco soup with cream cheese.

SERVE the soup with the toppings of your choice.


Substitutions and Recipe Suggestions

In a bowl, cream cheese taco soup.

Tortilla strips, shredded cheese, lime juice or lime wedge, sliced avocado, cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream for added smoothness are suggested toppings for this soup!

In this dish, you may always use ground turkey instead of ground beef, like I do.

For the creamiest texture, the cream cheese should be at room temperature. It will take longer to melt if it is not at room temperature, and your soup may not be as smooth as you desire.

If you don’t like the taste or texture of cream cheese, try one of these terrific alternatives.

After adding the cream cheese, add 1 1/2 cups cooked rice or noodles to take the soup to the next level.

This soup is also a terrific way to use up leftover taco meat. Simply skip the first step and leave off the taco seasoning, then combine the taco meat with the remaining soup ingredients before simmering. So simple!


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