This chicken taco soup gives you all the flavor of a taco in a quick and easy soup! Chicken breast, fresh veggies, and warming spices all come together to make a filling meal that only takes around thirty minutes to make.

A Healthy Weeknight Meal: Quick and Easy Chicken Taco Soup

It’s my opinion that we need all the easy weeknight dinners we can get and this easy chicken taco soup is a recipe that you need in your life, ok?

It is simple, quick (I’m talking thirty minutes of simmering and you’re done!), and absolutely packed with flavor from spices, garlic, and fresh veggies.

Watch How to Make This Recipe

I love tacos, but let’s be honest, they are not always the easiest thing to pack for lunch the next day. Thankfully, this soup is a great way to get your taco fix for lunch. It is perfect for meal prep and you’ll love the leftovers.What Ingredients Do You Need for Taco Soup?

While simple and easy, this chicken taco soup is packed with flavor thanks to a few key spices and herbs.

chicken taco soup ingredients

Chicken Taco Soup Ingredients

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast: if you prefer you could use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead.  

Veggies: this recipe uses a combination of red and green bell peppers, onion, fire-roasted tomatoes, and green chilies to pack in all the flavor.  

Spices: you’ll need dried oregano, chipotle powder, paprika, and cumin to spice the soup.

Garlic: if you can, try to use fresh garlic for the most flavor!

Chicken Broth: I always reach for a low-sodium chicken broth so that I can better control the salt level in the soup.

Black Beans: these add a bit of extra protein and make the soup even more hearty. 

Frozen Corn: you’ll add a bit fresh or frozen sweet corn at the end right before serving. 

Lime Juice: a bit of fresh lime juice helps to add even more delicious flavor to this soup. 

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Recipe Variations

  • Use a different cut of meat – Swap the boneless skinless chicken breast for boneless skinless chicken thighs instead. You could also use leftover shredded chicken to make things extra easy!
  • Make it vegetarian – leave out the chicken breast altogether and add an extra can of black beans or kidney beans to the soup instead. 
  • Broth – if you need to make a plant-based version of this soup you can easily use vegetable broth instead of chicken.
  • Add extra veggies – this soup is so easy to customize! have some extra veggies you need to use? add them in! Diced carrot, mushrooms, or zucchini would all be great options!
  • Leave out the beans – not a big fan of black beans? you can swap them for kidney or pinto beans or just leave them out altogether for a beanless version of this soup. 

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How to Make Chicken Taco Soup

Step One: Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add in the avocado or coconut oil. Next, add the diced peppers, onion, and minced garlic to the pot. Saute for 3-4 minutes until the onions start to become translucent.

Step Two: Add the chicken breast, canned tomatoes, canned green chilies, spices, lime juice, and chicken broth to the pot. Stir until well combined. Bring the soup to a rolling boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow the soup to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.

Step Three: Remove the chicken breast from the soup and transfer to a plate. Use two forks to shred the chicken.

Step Four: Add the shredded chicken back to the soup along with the corn and stir until well combined. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes until the corn is heated through.

Step Five: Serve the soup with all your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Can You Make This Soup in the Crockpot?

Yes! This chicken taco soup recipe is a great one to make in your slow cooker.

Step One: Add everything, except the corn, to your slow cooker base and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until the chicken is tender and ready to shred.

Step Two: Once the chicken is done, remove it from the slow cooker, shred and set aside.

Step Three: Add the corn and to the soup and let it continue to cook, covered, for 10-15 minutes.

Step Four: Add the shredded chicken back to the soup and stir until well combined. Serve and enjoy!

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The Best Toppings for Taco Soup

The topping ideas for this soup are really endless! You can really top the taco soup with whatever toppings you would use on your regular tacos.

Favorite Taco Soup Topping Ideas:

  • Cilantro
  • Green onion
  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips
  • Lime wedges or slices

How to Store and Freeze

You can store this soup in the fridge for 3-5 days in an air-tight container. You can also freeze this chicken taco soup! Just let it come to a complete cool and then transfer to a freezer safe container. You can store the soup in the freezer for up to three months. 

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Chicken Taco Soup

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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This healthy chicken taco soup gives you all the flavor of a taco in a quick and easy soup! Chicken breast, fresh veggies, and warming spices all come together to make a filling meal.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 tablespoon avocado or coconut oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 115oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 115oz can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 24.5 oz cans green chilies
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 32 oz low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • chopped cilantro, for serving
  • sour cream or Greek yogurt, for serving
  • diced red onion, for serving
  • lime wedges, for serving
  • shredded cheddar, for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add in the avocado or coconut oil. Next, add the diced peppers, onion, and minced garlic to the pot. Saute for 3-4 minutes until the onions start to become translucent.
  2. Add the chicken breast, canned tomatoes, black beans, canned green chilies, spices, lime juice, and chicken broth to the pot. Stir until well combined. Bring the soup to a rolling boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow the soup to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Remove the chicken breast from the soup and transfer to a plate. Use two forks to shred the chicken.
  4. Add the shredded chicken back to the soup along with the corn and stir until well combined. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes until the corn is heated through.
  5. Serve the soup with all your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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40 Comments

  1. So easy and so delicious, thank you! I added a 1/4 tsp of cayenne because we like really spicy and it was perfect!






  2. I’ve made this soup about 8 times and love it. It’s very versatile: I like to add black beans, corn and greens beans, skip the bell and canned peppers, doubled the recipe.I’ve also made it vegetarian by omitting the chicken and using vegetable stock. It’s always delicious.

    Thank you so much for the beautiful photography and clearly written, delicious recipes. Love your blog – please write a cookbook! 🙂






  3. This might be my new favorite Fall/Winter meal! This soup was super easy to make and turned out so delicious. It also made great leftovers in the days after!






  4. This has become one of my go-to weeknight recipes! So easy, so delicious, and super adaptable to stuff that’s already in my pantry! I like to use store-bought rotisserie chicken to make it even easier! So good!

  5. Great recipe, cooked mine in the instant pot as instructed, cane out perfect. I added some steam cauliflower rice to the bottom of my bowl before the soup.
    Thank you 🙂






  6. Ashley does it again with easy and delicious recipes.






  7. If using an instant pot do you know how long would be good to do, and do you think an instant pot would work fine for this? Looks amazing!!!

    1. I used the Instant pot— first the sauté function and then cooked for 20 minutes. The chicken fell apart and barely needed shredding. Delicious!






      1. Thank you for sharing! I want to make it in the instant pot too.

  8. This recipe has become a staple for me! It’s easy and healthy and I can prep a big batch to keep in mason jars in the freezer to thaw out on busy days. I top it with sour cream and sometimes add some lentil pasta if I’m extra hungry. Thank you so much for this recipe!






  9. This soup was delicious!! The spices make it so flavorful. We added avocado slices and jalapeños as toppings and it was amazing! Will be making again for sure!

  10. Hi! I expect the chilies and tomatoes are undrained, correct? Thanks!

  11. Rachel Faeber says:

    Made this last night with leftover rotisserie chicken and the flavor was unbeatable, as with all your recipes!
    i still dont have any chiptle powder so I ised fresh jalepeno inatead.

  12. A hug in a bowl! This soup is super flavorful, easy to prep, and the perfect comfort meal. This soup is perfect anytime of the year.

  13. Love the simplicity of this recipe!!! So easy 👏🏻👏🏻

    1. I made this for my husband and I last night and we loved it! I used chili powder because I didn’t have chipotle and topped mine with some cilantro + green onion. My husband had the same plus lots of shredded cheese + tortilla chips. I got this recipe from the @whole30recipe IG page but will be following this account now too!

  14. I made this tonight and it was wonderful. The husband came in the kitchen at least three times scoping out the fresh goodness going in, and I caught him looking in the pot once it was simmering :). Stamp of approval: Before dinner he did not add his usual cheese and sour cream, and After dinner he asked where I got the recipe from.

  15. Made this tonight and it was so good! Very flavorful, quick and whole30 to boot.

  16. made this soup and LOVED it. such a good recipe. thank you for sharing it with all of us! <3