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Chicken Taco Soup

Need an easy dinner win? Then you NEED this Chicken Taco Soup recipe, it's quick AND tasty!
Close up of two bowls of soup wuth avocado and cilantro on top.

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Chicken Taco Soup is a casual and easy dinner option for families. This dish is packed with flavor and perfect for those nights you don’t know what to make for dinner and you NEED an easy recipe. Not only is it quick to make, but it’s also a budget-friendly meal that the whole family will love.

Creamy chicken taco soup in bowls with spoons on a white background.

This easy chicken taco soup is full of hearty chicken, black beans, rotel tomatoes, peppers, and corn, this soup really does have it all! And we haven’t EVEN started adding allllll your favorite toppings like tortilla chips, cheese, cilantro, sour cream, and so on! 

A bowl of taco soup topped with cheese, cilantro, and avocado and there is a spoon in the bowl too.

One of my favorite things is the way everyone gets to add all the different toppings to their soup. See my list of topping ideas down below for more great topping ideas.

Ingredients for taco soup with chicken.

What do I need to make Taco Soup?

  • olive oil or vegetable
  • diced yellow onion
  • bell pepper
  • minced garlic
  • fire roasted Rotel
  • chicken broth
  • frozen corn
  • black beans
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • chili powder
  • heavy cream
  • shredded cooked chicken
  • large pot
  • spatula or wooden spoon

Change Up This recipe!

This recipe is super flexible! You can use any kind of cooked chicken, whether it’s leftover rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken, or baked chicken. You can EVEN use canned chicken.

Big bowls of taco soup with toppings and spoons, with bowls of toppings in the background.

Don’t have any kind of cooked chicken? Take a raw chicken breast or a couple of chicken thighs and quickly blanch them, or air fry them. Allow them to cool and shred the chicken.

You can also use any kind of beans you have on hand, such as black beans, kidney beans, or pinto beans. If you want it to be super creamy add a can of refried beans, I love that variation!!

And the same goes for vegetables, use canned corn or leftover corn. Try adding mexicorn instead of regular corn. Any kind of onion will work as well, sure a yellow onion is best but a sweet onion, red onions, or even shallots are just fine. Add a can of mild green chilies or roasted jalapeños if you like. There are no wrong ideas, just as long as you like them.

Toppings on a bowl of chicken taco soup.

Taco Soup Toppings

There are SO many goodies you can put on top of this soup! Here are just a few of them:

  • shredded cheese cheddar cheese or Monterey jack cheese
  • crumbled cotija
  • creme fresh
  • sour cream
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • chopped jalapeños
  • salsa or pico de gallo
  • chopped olives
  • chopped onions
  • chopped lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes

And I KNOW there are more than that too!

This is the perfect soup for a Potluck! Start with the basic soup add 3-4 toppings and call it good. 

Or make an absolute VAT of this soup and invite all your friends over and tell them to bring A topping to put on the soup! Now that’s a fun party idea.

Want a margarita with that?? Check out my Margarita Flavors pairing guide.

Please invite me to it.

Need a Meal train Recipe?

This is a soup that someone sent ME when our family was having an emergency. It was the ABSOLUTE best dinner for us. We got nourishment in the form of good hot warm soup, and our kids had an absolute blast adding as many chips as they could get away with.

If you’re planning to send this to a friend. Just pick up some chips, a bag of grated cheese, a tub of sour cream, and a tub of salsa and tuck them in a bag alongside the pot of soup and the family is set!

Got Leftovers?

Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat in a saucepan or in the microwave and, you guessed it, serve with your fave topping ideas!

This soup also stores in the freezer really well! Use a freezer-safe container, add cooled soup to it, and pop it in the freezer for a dinner win later on!

Close up of two bowls of soup wuth avocado and cilantro on top.

Chicken Taco Soup

5 from 41 votes
Need an easy dinner win? Then you NEED this Chicken Taco Soup recipe, it's quick AND tasty!
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Laura
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  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 10oz cans Rotel fire roasted style
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • 1 15.5 oz can black beans
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded chicken


  • Saute onion and bell pepper in oil until onions is translucent, and pepper is soft
    Cooked peppers and onions in a soup pan.
  • Add garlic and saute another 30 seconds
  • Add Rotel, chicken broth, corn, beans, and spices
    Remaining ingredients in the soup pot except chicken.
  • Heat to a simmer, and cook 5-7 minutes
  • Stir in cream and chicken, and heat through, another 5 or so minutes
    Cream and chicken added to the soup.
  • Prep toppings while soup heats
  • Season with salt and pepper, and serve
    Cream and chicken added to the soup.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1530IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg
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About Laura

Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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