by Olena

Instant Pot Taco Soup (Video)

by Olena

5 from 7 reviews

Instant Pot Taco Soup is easy healthy soup with mostly pantry ingredients. Serve with traditional Mexican flavors like tortilla chips, cheese and yogurt and your family will love it!

If you don’t own an electric pressure cooker, check out our old family favorite turkey taco soup. And all of my healthy stew and soup recipes. Yum!!!

instant pot taco soup

Pressure Cooker Taco Soup

So, this Instant Pot taco soup.

Soup season is my favorite part about fall and winter. Otherwise, I always mourn and miss summer. Especially now that we live right on the beach

This pressure cooker taco soup makes cold season more bearable until next Mexico vacation in January. Kids love taco soup and I make it every other week.

My mom is such a soup person! I definitely inherited love for soups in my DNA. Soup is healthy, filling, easy and cheap. And I love making a pot of soup, whether regular stovetop way or in my newest obsession – Instant Pot.

Today, let’s make some taco soup. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, make this stovetop ground turkey taco soup.

instant pot taco soup in a bowl

Taco Soup Ingredients

Mostly all of this taco soup ingredients except meat come from your pantry. You will need beans, tomato sauce, broth, corn (I use frozen), taco seasoning, garlic and onion powder. That’s it!

You can use fresh garlic and onion but I like a lazy healthy meal for once. And Instant Pot taco soup fits the description.

instant pot taco soup ingredients like ground turkey, tomato sauce, beans, corn, spices

Can I Make Taco Soup with Ground Beef?

To keep Instant Pot taco soup healthy I use ground turkey. Lean poultry like ground chicken would be very similar in nutritional value.

Yes, you can use ground beef. I do from time to time. We eat red meat every few weeks. For health reasons. If you use ground beef, you can also drain the fat. A piece of advice – drain fat into compost (city collected one, not in your yard one though) or garbage to prevent clogging your pipes.

What Beans Should I Use?

Taco soup recipe usually calls for canned beans. I cook dried beans without soaking in Instant Pot  and freeze for later. Any type of the following beans would be good for a taco soup: red kidney, romano, black beans or pinto beans.

Use one or 2 kinds together.Today I used black beans and pinto beans.

How to Make Taco Soup in Instant Pot

If you are new to Instant Pot, I highly recommend you check out Instant Pot guide. Don’t have one yet but thinking about it? See which Instant Pot you should buy based on your family size and lifestyle.

All you have to do is to saute ground turkey to break it into pieces first. This is mostly to prevent Burn. No, you can’t add raw ground turkey to Instant Pot with other ingredients.

Then you start layering beans, corn, spices, broth and tomato sauce comes last. And you don’t want to stir. Again to prevent the dreaded Burn.

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how to make instant pot taco soup

How Long to Cook Taco Soup in Instant Pot?

Food cooked under pressure comes out more flavorful than on the stovetop in shorter amount of time. 10 minutes is actual cooking time with about 15 minutes pressure build up time.

If you have time on hand, cook taco soup in Instant Pot for 20 minutes. No harm. Taco soup will be more flavorful. But so you know 10 minutes is plenty since we use all pre-cooked ingredients.

We release pressure with Quick Release. But you can also let pressure come down on its own – called Natural Release.

instant pot taco soup

Our Favorite Taco Soup Toppings

For turkey taco soup toppings, use what you have. Fixings are the same as for chili. Here are the toppings we like:

  • Organic tortilla chips
  • Greek yogurt or regular 3.5% plain yogurt
  • Shredded cheese like Tex Mex, Colby Jack etc.
  • Green onion and cilantro
  • Diced avocado
  • Chopped red onion
  • Limes to squeeze
  • Canned diced green chiles (often seen in taco soup – I just like to keep things simple for you).

Can I Freeze Taco Soup?

Yes, you can freeze this taco soup. Cook, cool and place in glass airtight container leaving some room for expansion. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Thaw on a counter for 4-5 hours or in the fridge overnight. To reheat, simmer on the stove on low.

instant pot taco soup

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Instant Pot Taco Soup

5 from 7 reviews

Instant Pot Taco Soup is easy healthy soup with mostly pantry ingredients. Serve with traditional Mexican flavors like tortilla chips, cheese and yogurt and your family will love it!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup and Stew
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 x 15 oz cans tomato sauce, low sodium
  • 2 x 15 oz cans low sodium black, red kidney or pinto beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 cups corn, frozen or canned (drained)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 tbsp onion powder or flakes
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups low sodium broth or water
  • 1 tbsp oil, for frying
  • 1/2 small bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • Yogurt, cheese, lime and tortilla chips, for serving


  1. On Instant Pot, press Saute and wait until display says Hot. Takes 3-5 mins.
  2. Swirl oil to coat, add ground turkey and cook for about 5 minutes, constantly breaking into small pieces and stirring. Press Cancel.
  3. Add ingredients in the following order (to avoid Burn): beans, corn, taco seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, maple syrup, salt, pepper, broth and tomato sauce. Do not stir!
  4. Close the lid, move pressure valve to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High for 10 – 20 minutes (longer – deeper flavours but overall soup is ready fast).
  5. Release pressure using Quick Release method – turn pressure valve to Venting.
  6. Add cilantro and stir (I didn’t have any and it was fine).
  7. Serve hot with tortilla chips, yogurt, cheese and limes (if desired).

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container or inner Instant Pot pot with a fitting glass lid for up to 5 days.

Freeze Leftovers: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

Freezer Meal: Saute turkey until small pieces. Add all ingredients to gallon size bag (I love these re-usable ones) with tomato products going first and no broth. Freeze for up to 3 months. Then cook from frozen with broth for 20-30 mins on High pressure with QPR or NPR.


  • You can use ground beef, just nutritional information will change.
  • You might need to use less salt if using regular (not low sodium) tomato sauce.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I love every recipe of yours I have made Olena, but this one was WOW good and crazy easy (my favorite combo)!! Cilantro makes everything better but it really accented the flavors in this soup. Thank you so much for your site, your recipes make healthy meals out of all the old recipes from my mom, comfort cooking at it’s best!!

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  2. Easy to do and delicious! Picky teenagers are hard to please, but make something called Taco anything, or Pizza anything and they eat it up!! So Taco Soup was perfect! This was our first recipe in our IP. I have now made it 3 times because it is so good! We do not add any of the toppings because we are lactose intolerant, but it does not need it!! Also, a great meal for my diabetic husband as it is low carb! Yes it has beans and corn, but it is low enough that he can enjoy a couple of bowls if he is really hungry. The hardest thing about this recipe is waiting for the pot to come to pressure! LOL Enjoy!

  3. This is 5 stars plus! I made this soup for for the Legion lunch last Saturday … everyone loved it!
    Thank you for this recipe…

  4. Just made this and it turned out amazing!!! My son is autistic and is very lucky he ate 2 bowls!!!! I’m so excited to try some more of your recipes!!! Thank you 😊

  5. Just cooked it with ground beef and skipped all the other broths, just used water. It’s turned out very flavorful and filling. Moreover, it’s reaaly easy to make !
    I love the recipe ❣
    five stars from me👏

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