Chicken Taco Soup (Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Options)

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There’s nothing I love more than soup on a chilly night! This chicken taco soup is the perfect way to mix things up when you need a break from the Tuesday Taco Night routine, and bonus — most of it can come from your pantry and freezer for a quick emergency meal, but still be healthy!

Chicken Taco Soup From Scratch

We’ve all heard of enchilada soup or Mexican soup, but taco soup? My kids dubbed this one, and it makes sense since it contains almost all of the ingredients you’d use to make tacos but in a base of rich bone broth.

I also use my homemade taco seasoning (here’s the recipe to make it in bulk) so I can adjust the spice to the kids’ tastes and make it a crowd pleaser! (I just shake a little extra heat onto mine.)

There are many ways to make this chicken taco soup, depending on whether you’re home that night or have an Instant Pot or slow cooker. A good old fashioned pot of soup on the stove works just as well and also can be ready in 30 minutes or less!

Adapting for Dairy Free, Grain Free

Avoiding corn? Skipping beans? Feel free to customize this recipe to your heart’s content. Here are some healthy swaps that have worked well when we need dietary flexibility:

  • Lightly saute diced zucchini and carrots and add in place of corn and beans (it’s still colorful and tasty)
  • Use cassava chips from Thrive Market in place of corn chips
  • Top with plenty of sliced avocado to replace the richness of cheese
  • Use coconut milk Greek yogurt in place of sour cream

How to Store and Freeze

Mom tip: Double or triple this batch of soup! Leftovers can be frozen for another meal (minus toppings) in a mason jar or bag of choice.

Other Healthy Soup Recipes to Try

If you love this soup, try these other cold-weather favorites:

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Chicken Taco Soup Recipe

This chicken taco soup combines all the flavors of a chicken taco in a warm, hearty soup. Top with your favorite taco toppings. Instant Pot directions below.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Calories 167kcal
Author Katie Wells


12 cups


For the Soup:

Optional Toppings:

  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 6 TBSP sour cream
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup organic tortilla chips (crushed)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 bunch green onions (chopped)


  • Add onion, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, broth, diced tomatoes, and taco seasoning to a slow cooker.
  • Place the chicken breasts on top and push down until mostly submerged in the mixture.
  • Cook on low for 6-7 hours (or high for 2-3 hours, but the flavor won’t be as good).
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the soup and shred.
  • Add the chicken back to the pot.
  • To serve, top with optional toppings.


Nutrition Facts
Chicken Taco Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 388mg17%
Potassium 574mg16%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Instant Pot, combine all the ingredients for the soup in the pot and cook at high pressure for 10 minutes with a 10 minutes natural pressure release. Remove the chicken, shred, and return to the soup.
Nutrition information does not include optional toppings.

Do you make a version of this chicken taco soup? Please share your kid-approved version!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


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