Make this creamy low-carb soup next Taco Tuesday! The Instant Pot cuts the cooking time for this easy taco soup recipe. After the cooker reaches the desired pressure, it's done in 15 minutes! Load it up with your favorite toppings, and you have a delicious meal on your hands.
No more plain tacos for dinner... make this simple soup recipe instead!
Now that the weather is getting warmer, I don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen cooking. So that's why I need to revisit using my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.
If you don't have one of these handy machines, you should definitely look into getting one! Not only does it pressure cook, but it can be used to sauté, steam, slow cook, and even make yogurt. It's amazing!
I decided to my Instant Pot to make a batch of this keto-friendly taco soup. It has so much flavor!
Note: The inspiration for the recipe is from Linda at Genaw.com.
Why you'll love it
Since I didn't have a lot of time to babysit the stove or wait around for the slow cooker to finish, the Instant Pot seemed like the way to go. And, it certainly saved tons of time! When you make taco soup in the Instant Pot, its about 30 minutes quicker with way less work!
I love to cook, but with my busy schedule, I don't have enough time to really play in the kitchen. That's what is so great about this Instant Pot taco soup.
Topped with some classic taco toppings like sour cream, avocado slices, and sliced olives, this soup is sure to make your whole family super happy!
Here is what I used in this homemade taco soup recipe. I'll also share some variations and ingredient swaps you can make.
I used ground beef (80/20 or lean ground beef) for this keto soup. You can also substitute some ground turkey instead.
For other options, you can also swap it out with ground chicken or even chorizo if you want it a little spicier.
Here's a quick rundown of the spices I used in this soup.
- Onion Flakes - These are optional. You could also use fresh-chopped onions or onion powder for a little more flavor.
- Garlic Cloves - If you don't have fresh minced garlic, sprinkle some garlic powder in the chili instead.
- Chili Powder
I also recommend seasoning this taco soup with my homemade taco seasoning!
Diced Tomatoes With Chilis
My favorite brand is RoTel diced tomatoes with green chilis. If you leave these out, it will decrease the carb count, but it gives it a lot of flavors, so I'd leave them in.
You can also add in a can of diced tomatoes, or tomato sauce (if you don't want the texture from tomatoes) and some canned green chiles or jalapeños.
Add beef broth to the soup to really bulk up the beefy flavor. You can also use beef stock instead.
To make this soup extra creamy, add in some cream cheese and heavy cream.
Farmer's cheese is a good substitute if you don't have cream cheese.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
So what else can you eat with taco soup? I always add a variety of toppings, which can sometimes make the taco soup taste completely different! Some toppings I like to add to my bowl include:
- Shredded Cheese
- Black Olives
- Diced Avocado
- Sour Cream
- Hot Sauce
- Green Chiles
- Crushed Low Carb Tortilla Chips
Each topping can add a bit more carbs, so be careful if you are on a strict carb diet. The tomatoes also have natural sugar, so I try not to go overboard with them either.
- It's recommended not to pressure cook dairy. Therefore, it's best to add in the cream cheese and cream after pressure cooking.
- Add the dairy at the very last step. The soup will be hot enough that the cream cheese and dairy will melt right away!
- You can change up the homemade taco seasoning blend as you like for this soup. I used a spice mix that's similar to what I used in my mexican beef with zucchini recipe.
This is such an easy taco soup recipe to make, especially when you use the Instant Pot!
Brown the meat
Use the “sauté” setting on the Instant Pot and add ground beef to cook. Then, drain the excess grease and return the ground beef to the Instant Pot.
Pressure Cook It!
Add the rest of the ingredients (except the dairy) to the pressure cooker with the ground beef.
I cooked the soup for 10 minutes on the "Soup" setting then allowed the pressure to release for 5 minutes.
However, I later discovered that it's better to cook the soup for only five minutes and then let it sit for ten minutes after releasing pressure before removing the lid.
Either way, it's only a total of only 15 minutes of cooking after reaching pressure for this Instant Pot taco soup.
Add the dairy
After the Instant Pot depressurizes, add the cream cheese and heavy cream. It will melt perfectly!
Then, add your favorite taco toppings and enjoy.
This soup is the perfect thing to serve on taco night! Add some Mexican cauliflower rice on the side for a complete meal.
Taco Soup FAQs
Before we get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about how to make it.
You should always store your leftover soups in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This soup will last about 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
Yes! The soup can be frozen for at least 4 months. Just pour it into a freezer bag or other airtight freezer-safe container after cooled. When you are ready to eat the soup, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, heat it on the stove for the best results.
If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can easily make this on your stove. Just brown the meat, drain it, and return it to your large pot. Then, add the rest of the ingredients. Heat at medium-low heat, stirring frequently. When it reaches a simmer, it is ready to serve!
If you enjoyed this low-carb taco soup and you are looking for more tasty keto soups that are easy to throw together, then I have some for you! Check out a few of these favorites:
- Keto Chili is bursting with flavor and can be made on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in an Instant Pot!
- Low Carb Tortilla Chips - These work great as a topping with this taco soup!
- Low Carb Cream Of Chicken Soup With Bacon is a rich, creamy, one-pot soup that’s hearty enough to be served as a main course.
- Sinigang Soup is a classic Filipino sour soup. This version features shrimp and vegetables in a base of tamarind broth. It’s simply delicious!
- Keto Chicken Chili is a thick, tasty dish that is totally dairy free.
- Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese Soup made with sausage is a comforting dish that’s super flavorful, yet so easy to make!
- Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup is another easy dish to make in your electricp pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Low Carb Taco Soup
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 tablespoon onion flakes optional
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 20 ounces diced tomatoes with chilis (Rotel)
- 32 ounces beef broth
- salt & pepper to taste
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup heavy cream
- sour cream
- sliced black olives
- sliced jalapeño peppers
- cheddar cheese shredded
- Brown ground beef in Instant Pot on "sauté" setting. Drain excess grease if needed.
- Stir in onion flakes, garlic, chili powder, cumin, diced tomatoes with chili, beef broth, and salt & pepper. NOTE: It's not recommended to pressure cook dairy so you may want to add in the cream cheese and heavy cream after pressure cooking. (I discovered this after so the video does not reflect this change.)
- Cover Instant Pot and cook on "soup" setting for 5 minutes. (Original recipe pressure cooked for 10 minutes and let sit at no pressure release for 5 minutes. However, it's better to pressure cook soup for a shorter period and then let it sit in the pot for a longer time period after releasing pressure before opening the lid. The video does not reflect this change.)
- When time is up, allow pot to sit with valve closed to depressurize naturally for ten minutes before opening vent valve and removing lid. Add in cream cheese and heavy cream.
- Serve hot with optional toppings.
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First Published: May 26, 2017... Last Updated: January 6, 2022 with updated images and additional recipe information.