Best Instant Pot Taco Soup [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 9 reviews

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.

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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.

Photo of homemade taco soup made in the instant pot.

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

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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.

image of instant pot ground beef taco soup garnished with cheese.

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. 

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5 from 9 reviews

The Best Instant Pot Taco Soup

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 30 mins


Cornstarch Slurry Optional:



Cook Beef:

Adding the rest of the ingredients:


For a thicker soup:

Nutrition information

Calories: 419 Carbohydrates: 39 Protein: 25 Fat: 18 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 53 Sodium: 1774 Potassium: 1210 Fiber: 12 Sugar: 10 Vitamin A: 760 Vitamin C: 39 Calcium: 114 Iron: 5.9
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My instant pot is going to get a serious soup working this fall/winter!



This sounds so nice and hearty. And I love that you topped it with cojita cheese. Sounds delicious and filling, perfect for a chilly winter evening.


Melanie Bauer

Looks so festive, hearty and flavorful! This soup is exactly what a i'm craving right now!


Katerina @ diethood .com

Oh wow! This looks so hearty and incredibly delicious!!! Perfect for fall!!


Toni | Boulder Locavore

I can't wait to try this with my instant pot!



Taco soup is a family favorite! This instant pot recipe is perfect for busy weeknights!



Yum, this looks like such a hearty and flavorful soup!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This couldn't look any more perfect!



Very delish soup. I used to do this one in slow cooker but i got the ip and gave it a try. I lived it also its way quicker than sc, so we really enjoyed a quick and delish meal. Thank you!!!


Its so much quicker!


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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