This easy chicken taco soup is full of chicken, vegetables, corn and black beans and is finished off with your favorite taco fixings! You can make this savory soup from start to finish in 25 minutes!

Chicken taco soup is loaded with bold flavors and is so quick to make which makes it perfect for a busy night. You can easily customize it to your family’s tastes! Soups like alphabet soup, hamburger soup, slow cooker ham and bean soup and this taco soup can warm you up on chilly days.

A pot of chicken taco soup with sour cream, tortilla strips and lime wedges as toppings.

I am a big fan of meal planning, it tends to make dinner time less stressful. That being said, it doesn’t always happen around here. There are plenty of times when I have a plan in place but something comes up – I forget to defrost meat, the kids are sick, the day is busier than planned. Those are the times when I am so happy that I keep a well stocked pantry. This quick and easy chicken taco soup relies on pantry items to get dinner on the table in a flash.

Serve this soup with sides like tortilla chips, warm tortillas, cheesy pull apart bread, or homemade dinner rolls.

Chicken Taco Soup Ingredients

To make this chicken taco soup recipe you will need olive oil, an onion, a red bell pepper, black beans, canned stewed tomatoes, canned corn, tomato sauce, cooked shredded chicken, taco seasoning, chicken broth, salt and black pepper. You will also want to have taco toppings like sour cream, tortilla strips, cheese, avocado, etc.

A ladle with tomatoes chicken, beans and corn ready to serve.

How Do You Make Chicken Taco Soup?

Make this chicken taco soup by heating olive oil in a large pot. Add a chopped onion and a chopped pepper and cook them until tender. Add drained and rinsed canned black beans, drained and rinsed canned corn, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken and taco seasoning. Stir everything together. Pour in chicken broth and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce it to a simmer and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the soup and add the taco toppings of your choice!

Chicken taco soup ingredients and a bowl of soup.

Tips For The Perfect Soup

  • This recipe calls for precooked chicken. You can use any precooked chicken you like for example rotisserie chicken, leftovers or deli counter chicken. I tend to use chicken breasts for this soup instead of chicken thighs. Breast meat shreds well and absorbs flavor.
  • Make sure to drain and rinse your canned corn and beans to cut down on excess salt.
  • This chicken taco soup recipe uses a lot of canned veggies to help with the prep time!
  • Cooking the onion and bell pepper first makes the soup taste like it has been simmering for an hour when in only needs to cook for 15 minutes.
  • You can make this soup ahead of time and freeze it for up to 3 months. Simply thaw overnight in the fridge and warm it on the stovetop or in a microwave.
  • This recipe calls for taco seasoning. You can buy seasoning or make your own taco seasoning.

Quick Tip

Try making a toppings bar so everyone can put whatever toppings they like on their bowl of soup.

Two bowls with toppings like tortilla strips, cilantro and lime wedges.

Recipe FAQs

What is taco soup made of?

Taco soup is made of fresh and canned veggies cooked with seasonings, chicken, tomatoes and chicken broth. You can top this delicious soup with your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, cheese, avocado, tortilla strips, etc.

How do you add extra flavor to chicken taco soup?

You can add extra flavor with a good store bought or homemade taco seasoning. You can also add flavor with delicious toppings like fresh avocado, grated cheddar cheese and crispy tortilla strips.

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A pot of chicken taco soup that is hearty and ready to serve in just 25 minutes.

Flavor Variations

This chicken taco soup recipe is delicious as written; however, you can change up the recipe to suit your own taste.

  • Spicy: Try adding some hot sauce, cayenne pepper or chili powder to give your soup a kick.
  • Meat: You can make this recipe with cooked ground beef, shredded beef, ground turkey or shredded turkey meat.
  • Vegetarian: You can omit the meat and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a hearty vegetarian option. If you go with this option, I would also add a can of drained and rinsed pinto beans.
  • Flavorings: Try cooking a little minced garlic with the onion and bell pepper. You could also add a little paprika, garlic powder or cumin.
  • Toppings: You can enjoy tortilla chips, tortilla strips, cilantro leaves, sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa, avocado slices, lime wedges or a squeeze of lime juice.
  • Chili: If you like these flavors but would prefer a chili, try my turkey chili.

This quick and chicken taco soup has quickly become an easy weeknight dinner favorite. The kids love that they can make their own creation with all the taco toppings and I love that it’s ready in 25 minutes! What are your go-to solutions for quick dinners with pantry staples?

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Quick and Easy Chicken Taco Soup

AuthorSara Welch
A quick and easy chicken taco soup full of beans and vegetables that's ready in just 25 minutes. #StockUpOnDelMonte #Safeway Ad
A quick and easy chicken taco soup full of vegetables and beans that is ready in 25 minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Serves 4


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow or white onion finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans drained
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of stewed tomatoes do not drain
  • 1 15.25 ounce can of whole kernel sweet corn drained
  • 1 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of shredded chicken
  • 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning
  • 2 cups of chicken broth one 14 ounce can
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • your choice of taco toppings tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese, avocado, olives, etc.


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium. Add the onion and pepper, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the black beans, stewed tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, chicken and taco seasoning. Stir to combine. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve the soup immediately with your choice of taco toppings.


  1. Try making a toppings bar so everyone can put whatever toppings they like on their bowl of soup.
  2. This recipe calls for precooked chicken. You can use any precooked chicken you like for example rotisserie chicken, leftovers or deli counter chicken.
  3. Make sure to drain and rinse your canned corn and beans to cut down on excess salt.


Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1515mg | Potassium: 1287mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1795IU | Vitamin C: 71.5mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 5.5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! So easy to get together and taste amazing!! We served fritos and sour cream on top! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Was awesome!!!! Doubled for a football game night! Only thing i changed was instead of 2 cans of stewed tomatoes 14.5 oz i added 3 can rotel tomatoes with chilies 10 oz cans and gve it a kick !! Keeper ! Thanks for recipe ♥️

  3. 5 stars
    I made chicken enchiladas yesterday have left over shredded chicken! Gonna make soup today looks delicious!!

  4. 5 stars
    This is soooo good and sooo easy!! I used boneless cooked and shredded chicken thighs because we tend to like thighs over chicken breasts. Will be making this again!

  5. I have a question about the Chicken Taco Soup. Do I cook the first and then ad it to the soup pot with all the other ingredients, ad it raw and let it cook in the soup?

    1. I use pre-cooked chicken for this recipe, but if you want to add it raw you could do that when you add the broth and tomatoes and just simmer until cooked through.

  6. 5 stars
    Just made this soup. It is fantastic! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    Note: I used hot Mexicam tomato sauce instead of regular because I love spicy food.

  7. I’ve been wanting to make a soup like this for such a long time and I think I just might after seeing your recipe! It’s starting to cool down over here so it’s perfect soup weather! By the way, your photos are absolutely beautiful!

  8. It’s so nice to open the cabinets and have some of your favorite canned veggies available to make a fun soup like this taco soup! Perfect for cooler fall nights!!

  9. This soup is soooo right up my alley!! Can’t wait to try this one as the weather cools down here 🙂

  10. This soup looks amazing! What a great quick and yummy dinner solution especially with the busy holiday season upon us. [client]

  11. Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites to make in the winter, it is perfect for game day. Can’t wait to try your version!

  12. Looks delicious and it’s definitely the kind of soup our family loves! Can’t wait to try it!

  13. This soup looks amazing! I’m always a big fan of quick and easy dinner ideas, so this recipe is definitely a keeper!

    1. 5 stars
      I recently made this and other than adding a bit more seasoning to fit my tastes it was easy and very flavorful.
      I will keep this recipe and look forward to trying others.