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Turkey Taco Soup Recipe made healthy with ground turkey, pantry ingredients, on a stovetop or in slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com

You can pull off this turkey taco soup mostly with pantry ingredients and minimal effort, because this healthy taco soup is either ready quickly on a stovetop or cooks itself in slow cooker while you are gone. Whatever method you choose, I’m sure it will work perfectly for this chaotic time of the year with back to school and sports. I’m certainly feeling “under the weather” of math homework and hockey tryouts. But then summer is nice, but kids are home – no perfect scenario in this life exists.

Turkey Taco Soup Recipe made healthy with ground turkey, pantry ingredients, on a stovetop or in slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com

I always keep ground turkey and a huge bag of organic corn from Costco in the freezer, as well as canned organic tomato sauce in the pantry. I cook and freeze organic dried beans in batches, and I highly recommend you learn how to cook dried beans because you will save a ton of money if you usually buy organic BPA free canned beans. For toppings, use what you have – we like Que Pasa organic tortilla chips, Greek yogurt and kids like cheese. Even if you don’t have any, this soup will be delicious on its own. Oh, and you can make your own taco seasoning at home without preservatives => homemade spice recipes. My kids love Mexican food (I think most kids do), so I kept taco soup mild, just with a bit of a bite that they can handle.

If you are looking for more healthy and easy turkey soup recipes, check out my healthy turkey chili, sausage barley soup, and turkey meatball soup. Enjoy!

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How to Make Turkey Taco Soup

Turkey Taco Soup Recipe made healthy with ground turkey, pantry ingredients, on a stovetop or in slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com Turkey Taco Soup Recipe made healthy with ground turkey, pantry ingredients, on a stovetop or in slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com

No matter whether you choose stovetop or slow cooker turkey taco soup cooking method, first you have to fry turkey with a bit of oil (=> healthy cooking oils I use) – it separates turkey into small pieces, and helps to release meat’s and spices’ flavours. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to skip this step.

Turkey Taco Soup Recipe made healthy with ground turkey, pantry ingredients, on a stovetop or in slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com

Afterwards, all you have to do is literally dump remaining ingredients along with pre-cooked meat and cook low and slow.

I make taco soup in a dutch oven (heavy bottom pot works as well) when I’m in a rush for dinner – it is ready in 45 minutes, with 15 minutes max actual work time, the rest is idle time while soup is simmering. The longer it simmers, the deeper are flavours, however soup is ready pretty quick since all ingredients are already pre-cooked. I even used frozen ground turkey (in fact you are looking at it above) because I forgot to take it out the night before. Times when quality dutch oven comes in handy – I cooked meat on low covered for about 10 minutes, opening to scrape off cooked meat of all sides and flip the frozen blob to “steam” further. It works.

I choose slow cooker method, when I want to start dinner in the morning for the evening – busy with work or out running errands and driving kids to sports. I know there is a lot of hype around Instant Pot these days, but frankly I think it’s overrated – I will share my thoughts this week. I think there is nothing dutch oven or slow cooker can’t do what that pot does.

Enjoy!

Turkey Taco Soup Recipe made healthy with ground turkey, pantry ingredients, on a stovetop or in slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com

Turkey Taco Soup

Yield: 8-10 servings

Turkey Taco Soup

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Stovetop Method: Preheat large dutch oven or heavy bottom pot on medium - high heat, swirl a bit of oil to coat, and add turkey. Cook for 5 - 7 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking into pieces. Add taco seasoning and cook for 1 more minute, stirring frequently. Add tomato sauce, beans, corn, onion powder, maple syrup, salt, pepper, water; and stir. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30-60 minutes (longer - deeper flavours but overall soup is ready fast). Add cilantro and stir; serve hot with tortilla chips and Greek yogurt (if desired).
  2. Slow Cooker Method: Preheat large non-stick skillet on medium - high heat, swirl a bit of oil to coat, and add turkey. Cook for 5 - 7 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking into pieces. Add taco seasoning and cook for 1 more minute, stirring frequently. Transfer to a large slow cooker along with tomato sauce, beans, corn, onion powder, maple syrup, salt, pepper, water; and stir. Cover and cook on Low for 7 - 8 hours or on High for 3 - 4 hours. Add cilantro and stir; serve hot with tortilla chips and Greek yogurt (if desired).
  3. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Notes

*You might need to use less salt if using not low sodium tomato sauce.

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10 Comments

  1. Beth

    I LOVE Sweet Chili Rice Works chips. They are the best and an amazing accompaniment to soups and chilis 🙂 This looks great.

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  2. Allison // Always Eat Dessert

    Hi Olena,
    I found your recipe on Pinterest, and my husband and I have eaten this soup for dinner every night this week. It is SO good! It’s full of flavor, and it really does taste just like a taco! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    xx Allison @ alwayseatdessert.com

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    • Olena

      Hi Allison. Glad to hear that.:) I wish I could make this recipe and not cook all nights of the week LOL. In my house this is gone by lunchtime. I wanna cry so many times.

      Reply

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