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Turkey taco soup served in a green bowl and set on a colorful southwestern style plated with a black napkin and spoon in the background.

Turkey Taco Soup

If you're looking for a quick meal for a busy night, try this easy-to-make turkey taco soup.
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican & Southwestern
Keyword soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 358kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion finely diced
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 pound Ground Turkey lean but not turkey breast – we used 93% Lean 7% Fat
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • ½ tablespoon Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes if desired
  • 1 28 ounce can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 15 ounce cans Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups Frozen Corn
  • Salt to taste if needed


Suggested toppings: Sour Cream, Chopped Cilantro, Green Onions, Tortilla Chips or Strips, Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and cook for approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic to the pot and cook another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Raise the heat to medium-high and add the ground turkey, chili powder, cumin and crushed red pepper (if using) to the pot.
  • Stir to mix well and break up the ground turkey with a wooden spoon or spatula. Cook approximately 5 – 7 minutes until it is browned, stirring frequently.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, chicken broth, black beans and corn to the pot. Raise the heat to high and stir the soup well to combine all of the ingredients.
  • When the soup comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low, cover the pot and simmer the soup for at least 20 – 25 minutes to let all those flavors develop and come together.
  • Stir the taco soup occasionally and keep it at a simmer. If it’s boiling too vigorously, lower the heat a bit.
  • Top the soup with sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, tortilla chips or the toppings of your choice.


To get rid of those stringy pieces in ground turkey, open the package and use a fork to gently press and fold the ground turkey, destroying the pattern.
Try to not overwork the ground turkey, combine it just enough to get rid of the strings.
Do not add salt to this soup until the end. The canned tomatoes, beans and chicken broth all contain a good amount of salt already.
When the turkey taco soup is done, give it a taste, and add salt if needed. As a reference, we add 1 teaspoon of salt to our soup.


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 1768mg | Potassium: 1428mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1119IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 7mg