Best Instant Pot Taco Soup [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 9 reviews

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Instant Pot Taco Soup is hearty and full of flavor, ready in just 30 minutes, all done in your pressure cooker. Serve it topped with cheese and corn chips.

Taco inspired recipes are very popular on the blog, I have shared with you Instant Pot Taco Pasta and Taco Fries, which by the way are very good and easy to make. Since I have posted my recipe for the Best Ever Taco Soup, I have received many requests to make a pressure cooker version. When you guys ask, I listen, and here you have the most delicious and easy to make Instant Pot Taco Soup.

The Best Instant Pot Taco Soup

Instant Pot Taco Soup is the perfect comfort meal, it is so easy to make, that you will end up fixing it a few times per week. We love good and rich taco soup, making one in the Instant Pot has been such a time saver. The flavors are extraordinary and the best part is that you can serve it with your favorite toppings.

The taco soup can be made with ground beef, chicken or turkey, whichever you prefer more. If you make it with beef, it will have a chili-like texture, except with lots of delicious taco seasoning flavor.

The soup is made with a variety of healthy ingredients like diced tomatoes, beans, and bell pepper. You can reduce the liquid and make the soup thicker, to serve it over rice.

How do you make Instant Pot Taco Soup?

  • First, open any cans needed for this recipe and prepare all the ingredients.
  • After that, you start by browning the beef. This is an important step as it will add extra flavor.
  • Drain any grease, leaving just about 2 tablespoons in the pot.
  • Then, add the remaining ingredients, like chopped veggies, tomatoes, beans and broth.
  • Cook and serve.

How long do you cook Taco Soup in the Instant Pot?

The beautify of this recipe and pressure cooker is that the cooking time is drastically reduced. You only have to cook it for 10 minutes on High Pressure, followed by a 10 minutes Natural Pressure Release.

Can I substitute beef with other meats?

Yes. I love making this soup with beef, but you can make it with ground chicken or turkey as well. Both work well, and the cooking time will remain the same. Also, you can combine more meat types together. It works perfectly well.

Can I use vegetable broth to make this taco soup?

Absolutely! You can use vegetable broth or chicken broth, instead of beef broth. 

Great Taco Soup Toppings Suggestions:

  • Sour Cream
  • Cotija Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Corn Chips
  • Corn Bread
  • Chopped Black Olives
  • Fresh Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Picco de Galo
  • Sliced Fresh Jalapeños

What to serve with taco soup?

Some great side dishes  to serve with it are:

Can I Make it in the Crock Pot?

Yes! To make it in the Slow Cooker simply brown the onions and the ground beef. Then, drain the fat and all everything to the slow cooker, along with the rest of the ingredients. 

Set the cooking time of LOW and cook for 8 hours. The slow cooker step by step version of this soup can be found here

Stovetop Taco Soup?

Similarly, you can make it on the stovetop. You can access the stovetop taco soup here

How to freeze Instant Pot Taco Soup?

  • Use quart bags to freeze the soup.
  • The soup should be cold.
  • Transfer the soup from the pot into the bags.
  • Squeeze out excess air and seal the bags.
  • Lay bags flat in the freezer.
  • The bags can nicely be stored in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.

How to thaw frozen Instant Pot Taco Soup?

To thaw it, remove it from the freezer the night before serving, or put the sealed soup bag in a large bowl or casserole dish filled with warm water, to thaw it faster.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • I prefer to use leaner found beef for this recipe (85-90%). You can substitute ground beef with ground turkey or chicken. 
  • Use high quality canned tomatoes. I like San Marzano canned tomatoes when I can get my hand on some.
  • Also, use fresh garlic and onion instead of the garlic and onion powder, the fresh garlic will add way more flavor.
  • Feel free to use our homemade taco seasoning.
  • It is best to add different types of beans because they have different texture and taste.
  • In addition, if you like it thicker, we suggest using less broth or liquid.
  • Adding Worcestershire sauce will enhance the beef flavor.
  • To make it spicier, add some sliced jalapeno to it. 

Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

The Best Instant Pot Taco Soup

Instant Pot Taco Soup is hearty and full of flavor, ready in just 30 minutes, all done in your Instant Pot. Serve it topped with cheese and corn chips.
5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 419kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 1 pound ground beef (or chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (15oz) crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8oz ) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4oz) diced green chiles
  • 1 can (15.5oz) black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can (15.5oz) red beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 green bell pepper (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (low sodium)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more for a spicier soup)
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth (use 3 cups for a thicker soup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper (or to taste)

Cornstarch Slurry Optional:

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Chopped cilantro
  • Cotija cheese
  • Avocado
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Tortilla chips


Cook Beef:

  • Select Sauté and once the Instant Pot reads Hot, add the oil, make sure you tilt the pot so the oil covers the whole surface.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the beef to the pot and DO NOT move for about 1 minute, to get a nice sear on it.
  • Using a wooden spoon, break the beef and cook by stirring frequently for a few minutes, until no longer pink.
  • Carefully, remove the pot from the IP and discard excess grease. Wipe the edges and return pot with beef to the Instant Pot.

Adding the rest of the ingredients:

  • Add the onion and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.


  • Close the IP with the lid and lock it. Turn the steam release vent to 'sealing' and set it to cook for 10 minutes on High Pressure.
  • When the cook time is up, allow the pressure to reduce on its own without opening the steam release vent for 10 minutes, this is called Natural Pressure Release. After 10 minutes carefully release the rest of the pressure by opening the vent.
  • Open the lid and stir the soup. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.

For a thicker soup:

  • If you prefer the soup thicker: turn on the Sauté function, use the 'adjust' button to turn it the medium heat setting.
  • In a small bowl mix cornstarch with water until fully dissolved and add it to the pot. Gently stir to combine and let it simmer for 5 minutes until it thickens.
  • Serve hot with favorite toppings.



Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1774mg | Potassium: 1210mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 5.9mg
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Lin xi

This soup is full and flavorful. Our family enjoyed it a lot. Making it in Instant Pot helped save some time as well!


Thank you!


Valerie Mather

I really love taco soup with shredded chicken. Do you think the method and timing would work if you swapped out the ground beef with 1 - 2 lbs of chicken cut into 1-2" pieces?


Yes, it will work, if using raw chicken, just brown it first in the pot. No more changes to the recipe :)



This is an amazing soup, its rich and full. Me and my husband love taco soup, and after trying your, we can say its very good. Thanks for sharing!


Thank you for the feedback! I am happy that you liked it!



My husband LOVES this soup! It is now his favorite! I love your recipes! They make me feel so very confident with cooking!!



I love this recipe!



Very good. 1st time using my Power Pressure cooker. Recipe was very good. I increased taco seasoning to 1 pack of purchase taco seasoning. ( family preference).



I have an 8 qt IP, just wondering if I could double this recipe. I'm not quite used to the idea of the IP yet.


Yes, you can easily double it!


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