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Feb 17

Beef Taco Soup

Beef Taco Soup

This Beef Taco Soup is a filling, flavorful and super satisfying one-pot meal. Rich and tasty with a little kick, this soup is packed with lean ground beef, sweet corn and hearty black beans. This soup is fantastic on its own, but you can also easily customize it with your favorite toppings like avocado, cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions or crispy tortilla strips. A generous cup of the soup is just 253 calories or 4 WW Points (or 5 Points if following the diabetic WW plan), saving you room for toppings, side dishes or dessert! To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here! I found this Beef Taco Soup reheats really well so it’s also perfect for lunches!

Since my Sausage and Tortellini Tomato Soup has quickly become one of my most popular recipes, I actually based this Beef Taco Soup off of that dish. You’ll notice the procedure is very similar, just with a taco twist! I hope you all will love it just as much. I do want to be clear that while the soup is topped with avocado in the photos (because it’s pettier and shows you an option for garnish), the avocado is not included in the nutrition info or points calculations below. If you want to make your own pretty avocado roses, it’s super easy! There are tons of tutorials online.

Beef Taco Soup

Looking for more tasty, hearty soup recipes? Check out my Sausage and Tortellini Tomato Soup, Butternut Squash Soup, Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Zuppa Toscana, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, Cheeseburger Soup, Spaghetti and Meatball Soup, Buffalo Chicken Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup and more in the soup section of my recipe index!

Beef Taco Soup

This Beef Taco Soup is a filling, flavorful and super satisfying one-pot meal!


  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ lbs raw 95% lean ground beef
  • 3 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 ½ cups drained and rinsed canned black beans
  • Optional toppings (not included in nutrition info or points calculations): chopped cilantro, avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips or chips, sliced scallions, etc.


  • Combine the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Pour the canola oil into a soup pot or Dutch oven and bring over medium-high heat. Add the onions and stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until the onions are softened. Add the minced garlic, stir together and cook for another 30-60 seconds. Add the ground beef and stir together. Cook, breaking the meat up into small pieces, until the beef is cooked through and fully broken up. Add the spice mixture from step 1 to the meat and stir to coat.
  • Add the broth and crushed tomatoes, increase the heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover the pot and add the cream cheese. Whisk the cream cheese in while simmering until the cheese is dissolved. Add the corn and black beans and stir together. Cover the pot and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.


To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
WW Points per (generous 1 cup) serving: 4* (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
*5 Points if following the diabetic WW plan
Nutrition Information per (generous 1 cup*) serving:
253 calories, 22 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 25 g protein, 6 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
MyWW SmartPoints per (generous 1 cup*) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 5 SmartPoints/ Blue: 4 SmartPoints/ Purple: 4 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
6 per (generous 1 cup*) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)
*When I measured the finished soup I got 9 cups, so I made it into 8 servings at around 1 1/8 cups each

26 comments on “Beef Taco Soup”

  1. The soup looks great. We love the sausage tortellini one so will definitely try this one. And that sliced avocado? Perfection!

  2. Long time reader, 1st time commenter: This soup looks delicious but what made me stop to comment was that avocado slice game-ON POINT! Thanks for all the yummy recipes!

  3. Emily – how on earth do you get the Avocado to look so beautiful?! I am impressed. Looks great- on target for lunches in two weeks. Thanks!

  4. Do you have any suggestions for chili powder replacement? I’ve made the sausage soup and the chicken chowder and omitted the spicy ingredients both times, since they were teaspoons, however the chili powder in here is tablespoons. Please let me know if you have any ideas! My family and I love your recipes! Thank you!

  5. This was DELICIOUS!! Made it tonight. My husband and I are still enjoying it!! Soup is never my forte for making or eating, never mind trying to make weight conscious soups. Thank you for this very tasty yet WW friendly recipe. Truly one of the best soups I have ever made thanks to you.

  6. I seriously cannot focus on this recipe because that avo-rosette is calling to me! So so pretty!

  7. I want to try this with chunks of flank steak instead of ground beef. What do you think?

  8. I switched up the recipe a bit because the store had a special on ground chicken breast. I used 2 pounds of ground chicken breast and 4 cups of chicken broth instead of beef. Everything else I kept pretty much the same. So good! Thanks!

  9. Is there sausage in it? The recipe instructions mention sausage.

  10. Made this it’s really good..
    I added Goya lite adobo & sazon and left out the oil…I just sprayed the pan with PAM…

  11. Made this tonight, delicious! We crumbled some tortilla chips on top.

  12. Every time I cook one of your recipes I am so pleased with the results! I LOVE THIS. Tacos are a favorite in my household, what a nice way to switch up the methods and still get GREAT FLAVOR. Honestly, you are so talented!

  13. Made this soup and its delicious. Even better and spicier as leftovers!

  14. DELICIOUS!!!!!! My husband really liked it and couldn’t believe it was WW friendly…. Some additions because i wanted to bulk it up a little more: 1 zucchini,chopped, 1 red pepper,chopped, 1 poblano pepper,chopped, 6 crimini mushrooms, sliced… It was soooooo good!!! Love Emily’s recipes! have lost 56 lbs with the help of these delicious recipes…. Will you be writing a cookbook???? You should…. Thank you so much for your help!

  15. Could this recipe be cooked in a crock pot?

  16. Hi..ive made this sooo many times & each time it tastes better…question for u is the cream cheese suppose to completely melt away….. I always seem to have chucks of it no matter how small i cut it..i also make sure it gets to room temp ..ty

  17. This soup is amazing. We used ground turkey instead and added some yellow bell pepper to it. Topped with a bit of shredded cheese. OH MY….delightful!

  18. Can this be made in the crockpot? Times?

  19. This is FANTASTIC!! My whole family loved it, kissy as much as another one of our favorites: your sausage tortellini soup!! Thank you!! What a fun dinner on a cool fall night! 

  20. I made this tonight.  It is so delicious.  I don’t know why I waited to make this.

  21. 11 out of 10 stars!!!!! Hubby and I both loved it!

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