by Olena

Ground Turkey Taco Soup

Olena Osipov
5 from 14 votes

Every spoonful of this Turkey Taco Soup is bursting with flavorful ground turkey, beans and corn. This easy 30 minute soup can be made on the stove or in a slow cooker. Don’t forget your favorite toppings!

If you like the flavors in this soup, you should try stuffed pepper soup and white chicken chili.

Turkey Taco Soup in a red pot

Healthy Taco Soup

The best thing about this ground turkey taco soup (besides it being ridiculously tasty) is that you can pull it off in just 30 minutes with ingredients you probably have on hand right now.

This soup is so perfect for busy families!

Just brown some turkey, throw everything in a pot and let the flavors “marry”. You can even make healthy taco soup in a slow cooker or try this Instant Pot taco soup.

Whatever method you choose, I’m sure your family will love this ground turkey soup.

healthy Taco Soup in bowls

Ingredients for Ground Turkey Taco Soup

To make turkey taco soup, just look inside your pantry and freezer. I bet all the ingredients are already there 🙂

  • Meat: I always keep a package of ground turkey in the freezer to use for a quick weeknight dinner. You can also use ground chicken or ground beef. Keep in mind ground poultry will be a healthier choice. Omit meat for a vegetarian soup.
  • Veggies and beans: Corn, canned tomato sauce and beans. My beans of choice for taco soup are red kidney beans. You can also use romano, white or navy and even black beans.
  • Seasoning: Homemade taco seasoning, onion powder, maple syrup, salt and pepper. You can use fresh onion, but I really like to have taco soup on the dinner table quick.
  • Liquid: Water or low sodium broth.

That’s it!

Turkey Taco Soup ingredients

Dried beans tip: I cook and freeze organic dried beans in batches. I highly recommend you learn how to cook dried beans. You will save a lot of money vs. buying organic BPA free canned beans. I now do it in Instant Pot!

How to Make Turkey Taco Soup

There is a full recipe card below.

  • Brown ground turkey: In a Dutch oven or heavy bottom pot for 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Add taco seasoning and cook for 1 more minute. Heat makes spices more flavorful.
  • Add everything else: tomato sauce, beans, corn, onion powder, maple syrup, salt, pepper, water.
  • Simmer for 20-60 minutes. A longer simmer time will deepen the flavors, but overall soup is ready fast.

How to Make Turkey Taco Soup in a Slow Cooker

Follow the same instructions as the stovetop method and cook on Low for 7 – 8 hours or on High for 3 – 4 hours.

how to make Turkey Taco Souphow to make Turkey Taco Soup

How to Serve Turkey Taco Soup

For turkey taco soup toppings, use what you have on hand. Here are the toppings we like:

  • Shredded cheese: Tex Mex, Colby Jack etc.
  • Fresh herbs: Green onion, chopped red onion and cilantro
  • Diced avocado and lime to squeeze over the soup
  • Crushed tortilla chips and plain yogurt or sour cream
  • Canned diced green chiles

Potluck style: Turkey taco soup is amazing party food. Bring it to a potluck in a slow cooker or Instant Pot and keep on warm. You can make a taco soup bar with all the toppings, pour yourself a glass of wine and watch everyone eat 🙂

How to Store, Freeze, Reheat and Make Ahead

Store: Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Turkey taco soup freezes well. Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Reheat: Reheat the desired amount of soup in small pot by simmering on low heat. Cover and stir occasionally until warmed through.

Make ahead (slow cooker) for freezer: In a large Ziploc bag, add cooked ground turkey (let it cool first) along with the other (except water, cilantro and garnishes). Let as much of the air out as possible, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, add to slow cooker along with water, and cook as per further instructions + 1 hour

More Ground Turkey Soup Recipes

I hope you like this taco soup. It is one of the most requested soups at my house!

ground turkey taco soup in red pot on the stove

Ground Turkey Taco Soup

Every spoonful of this Turkey Taco Soup is bursting with flavorful ground turkey, beans and corn. This easy 30 minute soup can be made on the stove or in a slow cooker. Don't forget your favorite toppings!
5 from 14 votes
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Course: Soup and Stew
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 -10 servings
Calories: 342kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 3 x 15 oz cans tomato sauce low sodium
  • 2 x 15 oz cans low sodium red kidney or romano beans drained & rinsed
  • 3 cups corn frozen or canned (drained)
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 tbsp onion powder or flakes
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water or low sodium broth
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 small bunch cilantro finely chopped, for serving
  • Greek yogurt and tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  • 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 20-60 minutes (longer - deeper flavours but overall soup is ready fast).
  • Add cilantro and stir; serve hot with tortilla chips and Greek yogurt (if desired).
  • Slow Cooker Method: Preheat large ceramic 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).

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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

      Make Ahead (Slow Cooker) for Freezer: In a large Ziploc bag, add cooked ground turkey (let it cool first) along with all ingredients (except water, cilantro and garnishes). Let as much air out as possible, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, add to slow cooker along with water, and cook as per further instructions + 1 hour.

        Notes

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

        Nutrition

        Serving: 2cups | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 789mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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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.

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        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. 5 stars
          Delicious, even my fussy children loved it! Followed recipe exactly as written. Definitely a keeper…plan to start working my way through your pumpkin recipes, will review each one as I go 🙂 After all, who doesn’t love pumpkin?!

        2. 5 stars
          I use leftover stuffed peppers to make this and used all the ingredients listed except I used two cans of tomato sauce and this tasted like a chicken cheesy enchilada delicious!!? and since I only had half of the meat amount I added a cup of barley yum!

        3. 5 stars
          I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Found your website by doing a search for Instant Pot recipes using healthy ingredients. This was the second ifoodreal recipe I tried. This soup is outstanding. My finicky 9-year-old will eat two bowls of it easily. It reheats very well losing none of its flavor the second time around. And it’s versatile enough for virtually any eater either to eat it as is or add condiments of their choice to it. This recipe was also my gateway experience using ground turkey. Thanks to this site, I have experienced ground turkey to be a great ingredient for soups, the leaner the better. I also liked the custom taco seasoning and have taken your advice, making a batch and storing it in an air-tight glass jam jar that otherwise would have been tossed.

        4. 5 stars
          I made this with chicken and it was really good.
          I never seem to have every ingredient on hand but still try to make a recipe if it sounds good and they usually turn out good like this one.

          1. Good for you! This is how it should be. I often sub ingredients in my own recipes later depending what I have on hand. This is how real cooking works except baking likes rules.

        5. 5 stars
          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

          1. 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.

        6. 5 stars
          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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