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Craving Mexican Food? Try This Keto Taco Soup Recipe

Keto Taco Soup Recipe is today’s keto soup of the day. It’s soup week here at Keto Dirty. We are embracing the cold weather by sharing our favorite low carb soup recipes.

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low carb taco soup keto deliciousness!

We are obsessed with this low carb soup (and Mexican food.) And because we all cook differently and our needs change from time to time – we are showing you how to make this keto taco soup on the stove top, Instant Pot and slow cooker.

Taco Soup Ingredients

So basically, you have no excuse not to make this dish. Let’s start out with the taco soup ingredients. Here is what you will need, regardless of what you use to cook it with.

low carb taco soup ingredients
low carb taco soup ingredients

Here are the taco soup ingredients for what you will need to gather:

  • 90% Lean Ground Beef – 1 pound
  • Beef Broth – 3 cups
  • Chili Powder – 1.5 tsp
  • Smoked Paprika – 1.25 tsp
  • Ground Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 1 clove
  • Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Tomato – 1 medium
  • Tomato Sauce – 1 cup
  • Diced Onion – 1 cup

Optional Ingredients

  • Dried Cilantro – 2 tsp
  • Dried Oregano – 1 tsp
  • Rotel Tomatoes – .5 can

Top Your Taco Soup (optional)

These will add carbs, but boy do they make your soup yummy.

  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Jalapenos
  • Fried Pork Rinds

Let’s Prep

Now, let’s prep your ingredients. You will actually want to do this prep regardless of your cooking method.

To get prepped, here are a few things you will want to do.

  • Get out your favorite soup pan.
  • Dice the tomato.
  • Chop the onion and measure 1 cup.
  • Crush your garlic clove.
  • Get out all of your spices.
  • Open your can of tomato sauce and beef broth.

Prepping helps make sure all is in order before you start making the soup.

How to Make Keto Taco Soup on the Stovetop

Ready to make keto taco soup on the stovetop? Let’s do it. Keep reading for directions on how to make our slow cooker and Instant Pot keto taco soup recipe.

Brown the Ground Beef

Heat the olive oil in your favorite soup pan over medium heat on your stove top. Mix in the chopped onions with the crushed garlic clove.

brown ground beef – best taco soup recipe
Ground beef is the main meat ingredient, but feel free to use ground chicken, chicken breast, ground turkey, sausage or whatever meat you like! Keto vegan this recipe with no meat!

Add in your ground beef and brown. You will want your ground beef cooked and onions soft before moving on to the next step.

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Keto Chicken Taco Soup – Anyone?

Pause please, because yes. We are making this taco soup keto recipe with ground beef. That said, no one said you can’t do this recipe with chicken instead!

Parboil chicken for a delicious keto chicken taco soup. Or cook up ground chicken or ground turkey (though technically, then it would be keto turkey taco soup). Make this recipe your own.

Keto Vegan

And if you are a keto vegan – get it, just don’t add meat!

Mix in the Vegetables and Spices

Once the beef is browned, add in the diced tomato and your spices (and any additional spices that you are wanting to add-in.)

taco soup spices ingredients

Mix everything together and cook over medium heat until the tomato is soften and the spices are warmed.

Soup it Up

Your mixture is looking a meaty – let’s soup it up. Add in the can of tomato sauce and your beef broth. Don’t have beef broth? No worries – use chicken broth or beef bullion.

Let it Cook

Cook your keto taco soup for a minimum of 10 minutes. This is one of those dishes that the longer it sits the more the flavor develops. After the 10 minute mark, move to low.

Taco Soup Toppings

Now that the keto taco soup is cooked, let’s put it in bowls and top it with your favorite toppings. These add on carbs, but also add to the flavor. So add to your liking. These carbs are not counted in the taco soup base.

keto taco soup toppings
Top that taco soup keto style!

Are favorite taco soup toppings are avocado, sour cream and cheese. Want to spice it up? Add jalapenos. Want crunch? Add fried pork rinds.

Keep reading to learn how to make this a slow cooker or Instant Pot taco soup.

Low Carb Taco Soup Your Way

Here is something we want to make sure that you know about what we do here at Keto Dirty. We do things that work for us. And with that said, we want to guide you to find recipes, tips and suggestions that can help spark a new food, idea or motivation but at the end of the day – this is your life.

Spicy Soup

For those of us in Texas and or who adore Mexican food – today is taco tuesday! And while we did indeed find awesome keto tortillas to make tacos with, this is keto taco soup recipe totally qualifies for a valid Taco Tuesday meal.

If you are into spicy soup, this keto taco soup can easily be made spicier by adding more jalapenos.

keto spicy taco soup jalapenos
Give this keto soup some heat and spice with jalapenos!

You can so spice it up with a dash of cayenne or dried red peppers.

Make it Creamy

If you like the sour cream but just wish this soup had a more creamy flavor, mix in a tablespoon or 2 of HWC (heavy whipping cream).

creamy keto taco soup ingredients

Another way to make this taco soup creamy is by adding in diced cream cheese. You will want to make sure it’s at room temperature to avoid the cream cheese clumping.

Make it Meaty

While our base keto taco soup recipe calls for a pound of meat, if you want a more meaty taste – add in more ground beef!

meaty taco soup ground beef keto
Like the protein? Add more meat!

Taco Tuesday Alternative

So with that said, take our low carb taco soup recipe and make this your way. We are going to share the base keto taco soup recipe with you but feel free to change it up! Here are some suggestions:

slow cooker keto taco soup avocado sour cream ground beef
Yield: 4 Bowls

Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Keto Taco Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Let's change up our Taco Tuesday menus from tacos to keto taco soup! We are sharing one of our favorite keto recipes that is perfect for using leftover ground beef. It's warm, it will fill you up and did we mention that this is delicious?

In our low carb taco soup recipe blog post we shared how to make this on the stovetop. This version we are showing you how to make both slow cooker and Instant Pot Keto Taco Soup. Get out either your Crock Pot or Instant Pot and lets start slow cooking or pressure cooking this yummy low carb meal.


  • 90% Lean Ground Beef - 1 pound
  • Beef Broth - 3 cups
  • Chili Powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Smoked Paprika - 1.25 tsp
  • Ground Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Garlic - 1 clove
  • Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Tomato - 1 medium
  • Tomato Sauce - 1 cup
  • Diced Onion - 1 cup

Optional Ingredients

  • Dried Cilantro - 2 tsp
  • Dried Oregano - 1 tsp
  • Rotel Tomatoes - .5 can

Taco Soup Toppings (optional - these will add carbs)

  • Sour Cream
  • Pork Rinds
  • Avocado
  • Shredded Cheese

Cooking Equipment


Instant Pot Keto Taco Soup

  1. Set the Instant Pot to saute and add the olive oil to the silver pan in your IP.
  2. This part, you will want to keep the top off of the Instant Pot
  3. Once the pan is hot, add in your ground beef, diced onions and garlic. Cook until the meat is brown and the onions are soft.
  4. After meat is browned, if you used a 90% lean ground beef, there is no need to drain meat. But if you used a fattier ground beef, you will want to drain the meat. Try not to lose your onions while draining!
  5. Put meat back into the silver pan and into the Instant Pot. Add in your chopped tomato, can of tomato sauce, as well as all of your spices.
  6. Stir in your beef broth.
  7. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to "SEALED".
  8. Press the "SOUP" button and set the Instant Pot timer for 20 minutes.
  9. Once the soup is done, turn the top valve to "QUICK RELEASE". This will take a few minutes before you will be able to open.
  10. After the IP has stopped releasing the steam, you can open your lid, give a quick stir and enjoy the yummy smell of Instant Pot keto taco soup!
  11. Serve the soup in bowls, adding the taco soup toppings of your liking. We suggest sour cream, avocado and cheese. If you want the crunch of tortilla chips, pork rinds are an awesome tortilla chip alternative.

Slow Cooker Low Carb Taco Soup

  1. You will need a fry pan to cook your ground beef, onions and garlic. Add olive oil to the pan, heat over medium adding in the onions, garlic and ground beef.
  2. Cook until the onions are soft and the ground beef is browned.
  3. Add the onoins and meat mixture from the pan to your slow cooker.
  4. Next, dump all of your additional ingredients with the exception of the beef broth.
  5. Stir the spices in with your meat, onions and tomatoes.
  6. Add in the beef broth.
  7. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  8. Enjoy your slow cooker keto taco soup with your desired soup toppings.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 520Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 1479mgCarbohydrates: 19gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 44g

This is an estimate of the calculated nutrition for this low carb soup recipe. The net carbs in keto taco soup vary per your specific ingredients and soup toppings and add-ins.

Low Carb Taco Soup FAQ

Let’s answer some frequently asked questions about low carb taco soup.

keto taco soup
Only 6 net carbs in taco soup

Do I have to use drain the ground beef?

If you are using 90% lean ground beef, there won’t be too much excess grease. You probably will want to drain if you are using a more fattier ground beef for the taco soup.

What can I use for tortilla chips?

Tortilla chips are pretty much a no in the low carb world. But who knows, maybe Doritos has something up their sleeve? I mean, we do now have keto wine!

All that said, if you are missing the crunch of tortilla chips – try using pork rinds instead. When using pork rinds in a soup – the taste is masked by the soup ingredients.

Can I use chicken broth if I don’t have beef broth?

Yes, feel free to use chicken broth if your pantry doesn’t have beef broth. Something that I have started keeping around is chicken and beef bouillon cubes. This makes life a lot easier when I forget to order something simple like broth when ordering groceries.

Can I use chicken instead?

Yes, for a lighter taste, more like a tortilla soup – you can use chicken. The ground beef does add in a lot of the flavoring of this dish so it won’t be the same but I’m sure it would still taste great – just different!

How many carbs in keto chicken taco soup?

There are only 6 net carbs in keto chicken taco soup (our version!) We make our taco soup with ground beef, but chicken could be easily substituted!

How long to cook keto crockpot taco soup?

In the crockpot, you will cook taco soup around 3 hours. If you slow cook this, it will take around 6 hours. This low carb soup makes a great set and forget meal. The flavor intensifies as it cooks!

We have more low carb soups to share. Don’t miss yesterday’s keto soup of the day – keto broccoli cheddar soup.

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