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Easy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

This easy Instant Pot taco soup recipe is perfect year round and packed with flavor. Just 6 minutes in your pressure cooker topped with sour cream and a side of chips or a roll and it’s the perfect family meal! Need a warm soup during the Winter or just love anything tacos, give this a whirl.

instant pot chicken taco soup

Yes I use my pressure cooker often, almost every day! This easy Instant Pot taco soup recipe is one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes, and definitely on the top of the list as far as my kids are concerned. (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Taco Soup Frozen Beef

It is so easy to throw together which is one reason I love it, and it is packed with tons of flavor. It’s one of those comfort food recipes that you can make quickly and keep all the ingredients on hand in your pantry for when you only have less than 30 minutes to cook an entire meal and eat it!

You can use beef or ground sausage for meat, unless making it vegetarian. Forgot to defrost? You can follow our Instant Pot frozen ground beef instructions first and then go from there. The rest are canned pantry items so it is beyond easy.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Ninja Foodi Taco Soup

There are a bunch of ingredients. Some you can omit if you don’t care for it or would rather go meatless. This can be made as a vegetarian taco soup too! We don’t add any heat to our version but can easily be done. Use some scoop tortilla chips as a side and the kids will really love it.

Add a bit of chili powder if you want to heat it up to your liking. But without it’s just as good. It’s like a deconstructed taco with some tasty broth and perfect year round.

6 can Instant Pot Taco Soup

If you are a busy family like us and don’t have an Instant Pot I highly recommend it. It’s made our lives so much easier and made it possible for us to sit down as a family to eat together more often.  There are other brands too you can use that work the same. Ninja Foodi and Crockpot Express are two others.

Everything gets done so extremely fast!  I use the pressure cooker and saute functions the most, like for this soup. I have created a lot of easy Instant Pot recipes you can try as well as this one. Don’t be intimidated, it’s really easy to use! If you’re looking for more easy recipes like this check out my Instant Pot Cookbook. 😉

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Instant Pot Taco Soup No Beans

You could leave these out but it is much heartier if you have a few different varieties. If you only like white like Northern beans then just use those alone. I literally add onions to just about everything I make in this pot or my Ninja Foodi.

  1. Ground beef and onions
  2. Kidney beans
  3. Pinto beans
    1. or black beans rinsed and drained
  4. Corn
  5. Stewed tomatoes
  6. Diced tomatoes
  7. Olives
  8. Taco & Ranch seasoning
    1. I mean really any seasons can be added that your family loves, onion powder is good too
  9. Tomato sauce

Diced green chiles are optional but I like a can of mild for extra flavor. If you wanted to add heat to make this spicy it is quite easy. I would start light handed at first until you figure out how much you want to add. Start with 1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes. You could dice up jalapenos too which is great or chili powder.

easy instant pot taco soup recipe

Chicken Taco Soup

You could easily swap out the meat for poultry instead. If you have leftover chicken that is precooked then you are ready to go and don’t have to saute it first. You could use white or dark meat from thighs or breasts, whatever works. I like to dice it up into small bite size pieces so it is easier to eat when done.

  1. Put your Instant Pot on saute and start to brown your ground beef.
    Add your olive oil, onions, taco seasoning, powdered ranch dressing mix, to your ground beef. 
  2. Continue to brown until no pink remains and onions have become a bit softened. 
  3. Drain both cans of beans and add into your IP with all other ingredients except the sour cream.  Stir together. 

Put lid on IP and cook on high pressure cook, for 6 minutes cook time (can do longer if you want beans to be really soft – up to 10 min). 

Taco Toppings

  1. Grated cheese, such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or queso fresco, adds richness and meltiness to your dish.
  2. Sliced or diced jalapeños are a spicy addition for those who like some heat in their taco bites.
  3. Fresh cilantro leaves are often used as a garnish to add a burst of herbal and citrusy flavor.
  4. Serve lime wedges on the side to squeeze over your tacos for a zesty and citrusy kick.
  5. Sliced radishes offer a crisp and peppery contrast to the other taco toppings.
  6. Tangy and slightly sweet pickled red onions can provide an extra layer of flavor and color.
  7. Sliced black olives can add a briny and savory component to your bowl.
  8. If you want to kick up the heat, hot sauce or hot pepper flakes are excellent choices.

Close steam valve. Keep in mind it may take up to 15 minutes to reach pressure when you’re planning your prep time. When done carefully do a slow or quick release release on steam valve and then carefully lift lid.  Looking for more easy Instant Pot soup recipes?

Instant Pot lasagna soup is another favorite, a deconstruction version of a favorite dish.

Instant pot lasagna soup

Ground Beef Instant Pot Taco Soup

Ok so you have thoroughly enjoyed your meal but you have leftovers. NO problem, we have you covered. I hate wasting food too so I always have suggestions on how to save it for a meal the next day. You always want it to cool for a good 20 minutes at first. Putting hot food into the fridge can speed up bacteria growth so don’t do that.

  • Use airtight containers or resealable freezer bags for storing the soup. Make sure the containers are suitable for freezing if you intend to freeze the soup. Leave some space at the top of the container or bag to allow for expansion when freezing.
  • Clearly label the containers or bags with the type of soup and the date it was made. This helps you keep track of how long it has been in the fridge or freezer.
  • Refrigerate or freeze:
    • If you plan to consume the leftover soup within 3-4 days, store it in the refrigerator. Place the containers in the fridge, where they are easily accessible.
    • For longer storage, freeze the soup. It can typically be frozen for 2-3 months. Be sure to label the containers with the date you froze them.

When you’re ready to enjoy your leftover soup, thaw it in the refrigerator if it was frozen. Reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave until it reaches a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) for proper food safety.

Our Instant Pot taco casserole adds noodles and a creamy sauce together. If you like to rotate meals for taco Tuesdays this should be on your rotation.

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Easy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

This easy Instant Pot taco soup recipe is perfect year round and packed with flavor. Just 6 minutes in your pressure cooker topped with sour cream and a side of chips or a roll and it’s the perfect family meal! Need a warm soup during the Winter or just love anything tacos, give this a whirl.
Course Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword dinner, easy, instant pot, italian wedding soup, pressure cooker, taco
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 349kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put your Instant Pot on saute and start to brown your ground beef.
  • Add your olive oil, onions, taco seasoning, powdered ranch dressing mix, to your ground beef. 
  • Continue to brown until no pink remains and onions have become a bit softened. 
  • Drain both cans of beans and add into your IP with all other ingredients except the sour cream. 
  • Stir together. 
  • Put lid on IP, close steam valve and set to manual, pressure, high, for 6 minutes (can do longer if you want beans to be really soft – up to 10 min).  Do quick release when done.
  • Stir and serve topped with sour cream, avocado, and a side of tortilla chips!

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 815mg35%
Potassium 1071mg31%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 850IU17%
Vitamin C 24.3mg29%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
VEGETARIEN TACO SOUP
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Melissa

Sunday 19th of September 2021

Any idea if I could use diced up raw chicken instead of ground beef?

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Monday 22nd of October 2018

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Libby

Sunday 7th of October 2018

Making this tomorrow..does it need chicken broth like one person mentioned? My IP allllways says burn so I’m thinking I’ll need it. How much?

Avra Williams

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

I have a slow cooker recipe that uses 5 cups of water (no tomato sauce). So I would definitely add more liquid - broth or water.

Janice

Friday 21st of September 2018

I just wanted to let you know I stumbled on this recipe a couple weeks ago and since then my husband and I have made it 4 times. We are planning on making it again when we have guests with cornbread and salad because it's just so easy (and inexpensive - another win). The recipe is pretty fail proof, we've added veggies, took away beans, added meat, you name it, and it always comes out delicious. Thank you so much for sharing!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

So glad you love it.

Breana Nichols

Monday 12th of March 2018

I tried this tonight. Added everything as directed. Tried to cook on high pressure for 6 mins but it could never come to pressure and then it said burn. Am I suppose to add more liquid or use the soup button?

The Typical Mom

Monday 12th of March 2018

There is plenty of liquid for this meal and shouldn't have a problem coming to pressure unless maybe your seal isn't working well on your IP. Soup button would be fine to use vs. high yes as you are just heating up the ingredients for this.

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