This Instant Pot taco soup is an excellent all-in-one dish to make for a family meal, potluck, or game day get-together. Aside from the great flavors, one of the best things about this soup is the time it takes to prepare and cook it. You will have full-flavored, hearty taco soup in just one hour.
This version contains ground beef and two kinds of beans—pintos and black beans. Feel free to use whatever you happen to have in your pantry. Navy beans, garbanzo beans, great northern beans, and kidney beans are all good alternatives.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- Kosher salt (to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup onion (chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 1 (1-ounce) package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (dry mix)
- 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
- 3 cups beef stock (preferably unsalted)
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (4.5-ounce) can mild, diced green chilies
- Optional: 1 cup frozen corn kernels (or canned and drained)
- 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
- Optional: corn chips (or fried corn tortilla strips, for garnish)
- Optional garnishes: sour cream, fresh cilantro, avocado or guacamole
Gather the ingredients.
Select the sauté button and add the vegetable oil to the Instant Pot inner pot. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the ground beef and sprinkle with kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Drain the excess fat, if desired.
Add the chopped onion to the ground beef and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
Add the garlic, taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix and cook for 2 minutes longer.
Add the black beans, pinto beans, beef stock, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and green chilies. Stir, scraping any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Cancel the sauté function.
Lock the lid in place and turn the steam release knob to the sealing position. Select the pressure cook or manual button (high pressure) and set the timer for 20 minutes.
When the time is up, carefully move the steam release knob to the venting position for a quick release. Add corn, if using, and stir. Taste and add salt as needed.
Transfer the soup to a serving bowl.
Ladle the soup into bowls and top with corn chips or tortilla strips, shredded cheese, sour cream, and other garnishes, as desired.
- To Make Fried Tortilla Strips: Heat about 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350 F. Cut 6 corn tortillas in half and then cut them crosswise into thin strips. Add about half of the strips to the hot oil. Stir with a metal slotted spoon for about 3 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Remove to paper towels to drain and repeat with the remaining corn tortilla strips. Sprinkle lightly with salt and use to top your taco soup.
- For a lower-fat soup, replace the ground beef with ground turkey and use reduced-calorie sour cream and cheese.