Instant Pot Taco Soup

Taco soup is a go-to recipe for the cooler months! Make our easy taco soup recipe in an Instant Pot for a hands-off approach and plenty for leftovers. Topped with crispy tortilla chips, it’s like having a taco in a bowl!

Easy Taco Soup in Pressure Cooker
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What Is Taco Soup?

Taco soup is lighter than chili, but still hearty enough to serve as a meal in itself. It’s spicy, brothy, and full of ground beef, beans, and corn.

When you serve it with toppings of crushed tortilla chips, chopped onions, sour cream, and fresh cilantro, you get the flavors of a crispy taco in every bite.

Easy Taco Soup in the Pressure Cooker

I prefer to use my 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker to make this soup (and just about everything else!). It will cook the soup fast, and also keep it warm for up to 10 hours if I need to make dinner earlier in the day. It really is the best of both worlds.

(Looking for a slow cooker version? Try our Slow Cooker Taco Soup.)

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How to Make Taco Soup

To make the soup, you’ll start by cooking the onions and beef together for a few minutes. You don’t have to thoroughly brown the beef; you just want to break it up a bit before the rest of the ingredients go into the pot. It’s ok if there are still traces of pink in there.

Oh, and it’s easiest to use a nice lean variety of ground beef (93% or higher). So, there’s no need to drain off excess fat.

After that, all you’ve got to do is add the rest of the ingredients and pressure cook the soup!

While it’s cooking, you can prepare your toppings, so they’re ready to go when it’s time to eat. All told, it takes less than an hour to make!

Taco Soup with Ground Beef
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This Soup Makes Great Leftovers!

This soup really is a meal in itself. It’s a quick dinner for cool or chilly evenings, and the leftovers make a great packed lunch, too.

How to Freeze This Soup

If you have more leftovers than you can eat in a few days, freeze the rest! Pack portions into freezer containers or bags, and freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating, or transfer the frozen soup to a saucepan and warm over low heat until thawed and reheated.

Sometimes I like to ladle the soup into a mini-loaf or muffin pan, freeze it, and then transfer the frozen food into gallon bags and store in the freezer.

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Instant Pot Taco Soup

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 60 mins
Servings 6 servings

For Stove-top Pressure Cookers: Do Step 1 as written in a pressure cooker on the stove-top over medium heat. Secure the lid on the pressure cooker, bring up to high pressure, then turn down the heat and let the soup cook for 17 minutes at high pressure. Let the pressure release naturally completely, or allow the pressure to release naturally for at least 15 minutes before performing a quick pressure release. Serve the soup with toppings and lime wedges.

Ingredients

For the soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (93% or higher)

  • 1 medium red or yellow onion, diced

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth

  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans

  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans

  • 1 (4-ounce)green chiles

  • 1 1/4 cup (6 ounces) corn kernels, fresh or frozen

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Toppings for serving:

  • 1 1/2 cups tortilla chips, lightly crushed

  • 3/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1/2 cup onion (red or white)

  • 6 lime wedges

Method

  1. Sauté the ground beef and onion:

    Heat the olive oil in the pressure cooker on its “Sauté” setting. Add the ground beef, onions, and salt, and sauté for about three minutes, breaking up the meat with a spoon or spatula. It’s fine if the meat does not fully cook through.

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  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and pressure cook the soup:

    Stir in the chicken broth, diced tomatoes and their liquid, black beans, kidney beans, green chiles, corn, spices, and salt.

    Secure the lid on the pressure cooker and make sure it is set to its “Sealing” position. Select the “Soup,” “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” setting, and set the time to 20 minutes at high pressure. The pot will take about 15 minutes to come up to pressure, and then the cooking time will begin.

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  3. Release the pressure:

    When the cooking program ends, let the pressure release naturally for at least 15 minutes. At this point, you can either perform a quick pressure release by moving the pressure vent to its “Venting” position, or let the pressure release naturally the rest of the way.

    You can also leave the soup on the pressure cooker’s “Keep Warm” setting for up to 10 hours.

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  4. Serve with toppings:

    Ladle the soup into bowls and serve it topped with the chips, sour cream, cilantro, and diced onions, with wedges of lime on the side.

    Leftovers will keep refrigerated for about 1 week, or frozen for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
518 Calories
19g Fat
52g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 518
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 1005mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 13g 47%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 67mg 337%
Calcium 168mg 13%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 1293mg 28%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.