Make the BEST Keto Taco Soup in Your Crockpot
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This keto taco soup is one of our most popular recipes on Pinterest for good reason!
This Slow Cooker Keto Taco Soup is such an easy keto Crockpot recipe!
Looking for a simple, satisfying, and delicious keto soup idea? Then you’ve got to make this hearty and oh-so-creamy keto taco soup in your Crock-Pot slow cooker! It has all the bold flavors of tacos in a comforting, hearty soup, and it’s super convenient to make any day of the week using your slow cooker.
Everyone in your family – keto and non-keto eaters – will LOVE this recipe because it’s just that GOOD!
This soup’s cream cheese and seasonings make for an insanely delicious and brightly flavored broth.
Two pounds of ground beef and diced tomatoes make this soup very hearty and extremely comforting as well! Thankfully this slow cooker method is simple, and it consists of browning the ground beef on the stove first with seasonings and cream cheese, then throwing the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker.
Keto Taco Soup
yield: 6 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 2 HOURS
total time: 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES
All the bold flavors of tacos, in a keto-friendly and easy-to-make Crockpot soup!
For the taco seasoning (or use 2 tablespoons premade taco seasoning):
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
For the soup:
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 - 10 oz. cans Rotel with green chiles
- 4 cups beef broth
- optional toppings (shredded cheese, jalapeno, and avocado)
Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl to make the taco seasoning blend. Alternatively, you can use 2 tablespoons of premade taco seasoning in this recipe.
In a skillet on the stove, crumble and cook ground beef, diced onion, and garlic over medium heat. Drain the grease. Place the pan with the meat mixture back on the stovetop.
Reduce heat level to low. Add the taco seasoning to the meat mixture and stir. Add the cream cheese and stir to melt.
Transfer the mixture from the pan to a slow cooker. Add the cilantro, Rotel, and beef broth, and stir to combine. Close the lid and set the slow cooker on low for 4 hours, or on high for 2 hours.
Serve with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!
You can even make this keto taco soup in your Instant Pot!
Set Instant Pot to "Sauté" mode. Brown ground beef with onions and garlic, and drain grease. Stir in seasonings, add cream cheese, and stir to melt. De-glaze pan with broth. Add the Rotel. Close the lid and set the cooking time for 5 minutes on "Soup" mode. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes. Stir well, and serve with desired toppings.
Yield: 9 cups, Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Amount Per Serving: 551 Calories | 43.8g Fat | 6.9g Total Carbs | 1.1g Fiber | 3.2g Sugar | 30.8g Protein | 5.8g Net Carbs
Tips for making the best Crockpot Keto Taco Soup:
- You can use a couple of tablespoons of our homemade taco seasoning mix in your soup, or I also listed out which seasonings to use if you don’t want to make a whole batch just for this recipe. It’s easy to make and so yummy!
- I am using Original Rotel, but if you think that may be too spicy for your kids, maybe choose the mild variety or swap a can of fire-roasted tomatoes instead!
- If you dislike chopping onions and garlic as much as I do, an onion chopper like this one makes it so much faster and easier. It’s one of my favorite kitchen tools!
- I prefer 85/15 ground beef in soups so that’s what I used. You can of course use higher fat, like 80/20 or 75/25. I have also made this using ground turkey so you can make that swap. Keep in mind, the nutritional values are calculated on what I used (85/15 ground beef).
This is the best soup I’ve had in a long time!
Oh, man! This soup is so incredibly delicious. I’m a huge fan of making a big batch of soup and then heating it up during the week for leftovers, and this soup is just as yummy the next day.
Feel free to top it with keto-friendly add-ins such as avocado chunks, shredded cheese, hot sauce, and sour cream.
Check out what my teammate Erica had to say about this keto taco soup:
“My favorite part about this soup is it is so EASY to make! The taste is absolutely perfect. It has a little bit of a kick to it but not too much! If you love spicy food, consider adding some extra red pepper flakes and top it with jalapeños! I topped mine with lots of sour cream, avocado, and red onions! It also pairs well with parmesan or cheddar cheese whisps if you want to add an extra crunch!”
Mexican food lovers will rejoice with these keto chimichangas!
Do you think this could be freezed?
Yes I do, readers have said they have frozen with success.
This soup was amazing!! So quick,easy and delish!! Will definately be making this on a regular basis!!
Oh I’m so glad – thanks for coming back to share!
My entire family LOVED this!! Thank you so much!
That’s so great!!
How do i go about cooking it stovetop
Hi Chloe! You could cook it on the stove, in a large pot, beginning in step 2. Hope that helps!
I don’t really care for spicy things, do the ancho chile powder and the green peppers add any heat? Also, do you have a preferred recipe for the home made taco seasoning? Looking forward to trying this!
Hi Marissa! The Chile powder will add a bit of heat. You could always use less. Here is a homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe – https://hip2keto.com/recipes/homemade-taco-seasoning-recipe/
Hope that helps!
We made this last night. YUMMM and more YUM! Made it on the stove instead. Bomb.com. We both had 2 cups…Yeyyy US!
Perfect! That’s so great Sarah! Thanks for sharing ❤️
Have you used less fat cream cheese?
Hi there! Less fat cream cheese is bad! Remember, on the keto diet, you want your fat intake to be higher. When they take the ‘fat’ out of cream cheese (or any item on the market), they in turn fill it with sugar to make it taste good. 😊
I have made this several times, really good
We’re glad to hear it! Thanks for sharing 😊
Just made it it was amazing! Is it safe to freeze for later in the week😁
Hi Maria! Other readers have had success freezing theirs! Hope this helps!
If i use store bought taco seasoning, do I use same amount?
You can use the same amount, however, if you are eating keto then be sure to read the ingredients. Store-bought taco seasoning will sometimes have a small amount of Potato Starch and Sugar. Just make sure this lines up with how you and your family are eating.
I am in love with this soup except I made a few substitutions. I had chicken breast already thawed and substituted it for the hamburger and I didn’t have the ancho Chile powder so I used Kroger brand Chipotle Chile Pepper and it was not only a Big hit at home but I made another pot to take to work that week and it was a Big hit there as well. Thank you so much for the recipe, can’t wait to try the original with the hamburger in it.
Oh awesome! You’re so welcome, Lisa M! Thanks for letting us know how your version turned out! Hope you enjoy it with the ground beef as well!
Can I cook this on low for 8 hours?
Yes, we are thinking this hearty ground beef soup would be fine! Thanks 🙂
This is a great soup! I am making it…….again! O luv this time I am doubling the recipe!!
Oh that’s so nice to hear! Thanks for sharing Tami ❤️
Made this twice with no changes to any ingredients, including the home-made taco seasoning and it is delicious. I can eat it for days without tiring of it. My only change was I didn’t use a slow cooker the 2nd time. I sautéed the onions and garlic, dumped the cooked hamburger and all other ingredients in a large pot and simmered for 10-15. It was perfect.
Oh that’s so nice! Thanks for sharing – we love this soup too.
Hi! I am dairy free and found a vegan cream cheese made with cashews (super yummy) but I’m worried about adding into soup in slow cooker – maybe at end? This looks so yummy but dairy is not my friend 😢. Thoughts???
Hey there Megan! Fantastic question! You can add it at the end but it may alter the flavor. Also make sure it is room temperature for best results. You may also use tofu if you like that instead. One other option is to omit it all together as this recipe is delicious with or without it! Enjoy!
Thank you so much! I appreciate it. Learning to cook df & gf on top of an onion allergy has been a learning curve. But I’m attempting to make yummy food despite the challenge. Thanks again!
Your so very welcome Megan! I’m sure its not easy. I am gf myself so I completely understand ❤
I only have beef stock. Should I run to the store or can I sub?
I think that’d work great! 👍
Have you ever added black beans or corn?
Beans and corn are both high in carbs making them not very keto-friendly. If you are not following a ketogenic diet, you sure could!
Taco soup? Now, who would have thought about a concoction like this. I made it last night and it was awesome. Tons of flavor and very comforting. Leftovers a plus! Thanks for a great recipe. Oh, almost forgot, I made it in the Instant Pot.
Yay! SO glad to hear how yummy it turned out, Trish! Thanks a bunch for the feedback!
Great soup, just finished eating my first bowl and second half bowl. Really great!!!
Hi Barry! Thank you for your feedback. This one is a family favorite for us too♥
Can the rotel be substituted with something else? Inwould like to make this but am not a fan of rotel.
Oh ya maybe diced tomatoes instead.
Can i double this recipe
Yes, sounds like a great idea!
Ya’ll – I can’t even tell you how many times I have made this recipe!!! It is the BEST taco soup out there. I don’t fuss with the onions and garlic as the taco seasoning use has it already – I top it with some cheese, sour cream and taco sauce and it is AMAZING!! Literally just had it this past weekend and I even brought it to work for a “Souper Bowl” party we had this past January and there wasn’t any left over!
Oh that’s so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing Jennifer.
Omg!!! I just made this for dinner tonight. Topped it w/ avocado, shredded cheddar, sliced jalapeno, and a dollop of sour cream. This soup is FIRE y’all need to make this! ❤
Thanks so much for sharing!
I make this all the time! I pour it over steamed cauliflower and top with sour cream! Love it! Thanx for the recipe
I love the idea of pouring it over cauliflower!
made it today in my IP with small substitutions. I did not have Rotel, so I used 1 can of diced tomatoes and 1 can of mild green chiles. Topped with shredded cheese, dollop of sour cream, some fresh parsley and avocado. Delish!
Wow sounds great! Thanks for sharing 👏
This soup was quick and easy to make, and so delicious. I made it in a pot on the stove, and it turned out great. After simmering it for a few hours, it was beyond flavorful. I will definitely make this again and again. My husband isn’t on a keto diet, and he loves it!
Hi Carmen! So glad to hear you love it. We make this one frequently too❤
Had anyone added veggies? I was thinking zucchini and yellow squash.
That sounds yummy!
Do you think you can add black beans to this or would I dry it out?
Hi Emily! You could, however if staying keto, those would throw off your carb count. Hoping this helps!
I’m not a fan of cream cheese, can heavy cream be used?
YES! You could sub it for one cup cream, but wait until right before serving to add it so it doesn’t curdle. It will also change the nutritional values.
I am unable to find ancho chili powder. Is there any other substitutions you could recommend? All I have is regular chili powder, not sure if that is the same this recipe calls for?
You can use the regular chili powder you have on hand, Kim! It will still be delicious!
I am not a fan of cilantro could I substitute with parsley or no?
You can just leave it out. You don’t need to add anything else, Kahree!
Made the first batch of Taco Soup, thought to myself ‘it need something to be more filling” so the next time I made the Taco soup I added cabbage and more seasoning Perfectly seasoned and great for the something hot on a cold day And fantastic for anyone on a Keto diet.
Nice! Thanks for sharing! Yes, perfect for chilly weather <3
Substituted lean ground turkey for ground beef, and chicken broth for beef broth. I couldn’t find the ancho chili powder, so I used dried ancho chilies instead. It turned out fantastic! Will definitely make again! I might use a little less broth though. But otherwise, excellent!!
Thanks Stacey for the great review!
I just finished making this. Oh my!!! It is DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!! I did do as some had commented about melting the cream cheese with the hot meat before adding all of the other ingredients. I also used one regular rotel and one HOT rotel, and also cooked it on the stovetop. WOW. I’m going to have to make myself not eat the whole pot.
LOL! Super happy you loved this one, Carmen! Thanks for taking a moment to share how you made yours!
I am making this right now in my Ninja Food I using the pressure cooker. I already know it will be delish. I love sausage so I made this with ground sausage. I also drained a can of tomatoes and added them. I also did not drain the can of chilies. I will come back after dinner to post again. I have been KETO for 3 years, recipes like this are what keep me going. ❤
So glad to hear this! I can’t wait to hear how it turned out!
I’m back. As predicted, the Taco soup was amazing. I love using my Ninja Foodie to make soups. 7 minutes and a 5 minute natural release and dinner is served. ❤️❤️
Woohoo! Thanks so much for the update! Happy to hear how delicious it turned out!
Really loved this recipe. I took the advice and melted the cream cheese with the ground beef. I think next time I’ll add more green chiles and another veggie. Maybe cauliflower. Will definitely make this again.
So glad you liked this, Kassandra! Your additions sound great!
Oh boy, that is really good soup. Thank you. Always trying to make things I love.
You are welcome! Thanks for letting us know how much you liked it!
Tonite was the third time I have made this soup and it gets better every time! I add two bags of baby spinach to the crock pot for last 20min to add more fiber and it’s perfect!!
YUM! Thanks for sharing, Michelle! Happy you’ve been loving this soup!
Wow that is a great idea! Thanks Michelle!
My wife works in a school cafeteria and has brought home some leftover taco soup. This recipe is just like what she brings home! It was delicious and a low carb piece of cornbread goes well with it.
So glad you like it!
try rotel tomatoes with habenero. guaranteed to kick you into next week not for the faint of heart.
I bet that tastes great!
Any idea what the Sodium level would be for this recipe? I’m trying to cook Keto AND low sodium for my father in law
OMG! This is the best taco soup ever! My husband and son kept saying ‘Yum’ as they were devouring it. I did add extra taco seasoning but that was the only change I made. I know we will be fighting over the leftovers, lol.
Oh yay -thanks that is fantastic to hear Joy!
Hi there, could you use coconut milk instead of cream cheese??
Yes, that could be a non dairy substitute. It may be a different texture but similar idea!
Can you use premade packaged taco seasoning, and if so how much?
You sure can, but just know that it will add a few carbs due to some of the ingredients. I would use one full packet in this recipe.
What is the sodium content in each of the recipes, taco soup and walking tacos? I wish they would give the sodium content in a lot of recipes I see. I have heart problems and am on a strict sodium restriction, 1500mg a day.
Hi Laura! the Taco Soup has 1026.0 mg of sodium per serving and the Walking Tacos have 134.7 mg of sodium. Hope this helps!
Would I be able to make this using my crockpot and if so how would I go about it?
Yes, you can! The instructions are written using a crockpot so just follow them above. Enjoy!
This was so delicious and my Husband loved so much we are having again tonight! Especially good on cold days. So easy to make
Yay! Happy to hear you’ve both enjoyed it so much! Thanks for the feedback! 💖🥰
You have done it once again Hip2Keto! You’ve created a low carb delicious meal, that’s even fun to eat! Love it! It was Thebomb.com
We are so happy you are loving the recipes! Thank you!
Can the cream cheese be substituted with coconut milk (full fat)?
Yes! That will work!
So so good thanks for sharing
You’re welcome, Gunel! Glad you enjoyed it!