The Taco Soup Recipe a 5-Year Old Can Make

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Taco Soup is an easy-to-prepare dish, so easy even a 5-year old can do it. And it tastes great, especially when you make it without the packets of junky mixes.

taco soup with cheese in bowl with slow cooker in background

Some days you just don’t want to cook.  You want to eat, to be sure. But, cooking? No way, Jose.

However, in the life as Mom, the days when a mom is automatically excused from kitchen duty are few and far between. One can only have so many babies and root canals, if you know what I mean.

There is a solution, though, and it does not involve any anesthesia whatsoever.

It’s called becoming a kitchen supervisor.

Yes, you guessed it!

Teach your children to cook and with a little supervision on your part, you can practically put your feet up.

The Taco Soup Recipe Your 5-Year Old Can Make

Such is the case with the following Taco Soup recipe, a FishBoy favorite. All kids absolutely love it!

Except those who shun beans altogether, and I don’t really understand those kids.

But, bean-haters excluded, this is your ideal Kids-Can-Cook and Kids-Will-Love kind of recipe. Even in the heat of summer when it’s hot and humid and buggy and sticky, you will get constant requests for this meal.

Chances are you’ve already encountered a handful of Taco Soup recipes. And those, my friend, usually call for several EXPENSIVE packaged mixes full of crap ingredients.

In addition to making this recipe kid-friendly, I’ve also eliminated the packets of junky mixes. You’re welcome!

I’ve tweaked the traditional Taco Soup recipe you might have seen in the past, in order to suit my family’s tastes and budget, subbing a blend of bulk spices, making it so much more affordable and much less processed.

But what’s the MOST wonderful part of this Taco Soup Recipe is that it cooks in the crockpot — and a 5-year old can put it together for you. You open the cans and help him cook the meat, and he does the rest. How easy is that?!

Psst. if you cook a bulk batch of hamburger and stash it in the freezer, you’ll have even less to do!

taco soup in a bowl with slow cooker in background

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. Ground beef is your big ticket items here. Stock up when you see a good sale.
  • Cook your own beans. It’s super cheap to cook beans at home.
  • Make your own enchilada sauce. The traditional sauce is nothing more than ground chiles. Make your own that is better than what you’d buy in the can.
  • Shop at ALDI. When I’m not of the mind to cook my own beans, I buy our canned beans by the case at ALDI. They are the cheapest deal in town and I love the convenience of opening a can. ALDI also has great prices on produce.

How I make this recipe easy:

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

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Taco Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
Taco Soup is an easy-to-prepare dish, so easy even a 5-year old can do it.
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: bean soup, beans, taco soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 262 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey browned and drained
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can hominy drained (optional)
  • 1 can kidney beans drained
  • 1 can pinto beans drained
  • 2 cans black beans drained
  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 1 to 2 cups water depending on how thick you like your soup/chili
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: salsa shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, chopped cilantro, sliced black olives
  1. Combine all ingredients in crock pot.
  2. Cook for at least 4 hours on HIGH. Serve with toppings.

Recipe Notes

To freeze: cool the soup and store in meal- or individual-sized portions in the freezer, for up to 2 months. Reheat before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Taco Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 585mg25%
Potassium 642mg18%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 576IU12%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Life on 7th Avenue says

    Sounds yummy!

  2. Briana Almengor says

    I have been making my own version of taco soup, but think I’d like to try this one. I have a can of enchilada sauce in my pantry that I need to use up. This will be perfect for it.

  3. Shari says

    That sounds sooo good! I love to get recipes that I couldn’t potentially burn (and fill the house with that awful burnt oven smell along with the fire alarms beeping your eardrums off!)–with 3kids 5 and under, I seem to doing a lot of that lately! 🙂 Crock pots just rock.

  4. suzof7 says

    This sounds really good! I have one that my family loves that uses Ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning – and it’s also quick, but I just might try your version! The enchilada sauce sounds intriguing!

  5. FishMama says

    Suzof7, the original that I tweaked had ranch dressing and taco seasoning. Those are too rich for my budget, so I substituted the other spices. FishPapa likes food with a kick, so I added the enchilada sauce – Las Palmas is our favorite.

  6. Love this! I’ve been wanting to figure out a way to get mine away from the packets of spices. I will be adding this to next week’s menu plan. Thanks!

  7. Stephenie says

    This looks so delicious! We like taco soup, but this looks like it’d be better. My 11-year old daughter helped me analyze the cost of packaged taco seasoning versus making our own and so now she is my taco seasoning maker! Healthier and frugal!

  8. maggie says

    I just made this soup last week. It’s sooo delicious. I even put some in a blender for my 9 mon old baby. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  9. I make taco soup as well. In fact, it’s our go-to meal for busy nights. I use taco seasoning that I buy at Sam’s Club – huge bottle – that’s MSG free. I use dried beans that I cook and freezer, corn, and I also stopped using ranch seasoning packet and instead just add the individual spices – parsley, onion powder, salt, whatever I have on hand. It’s easy and delicious. Here’s my recipe:

  10. Crystal says

    I love that you add your own spices, no doubt this helps with the sodium content. I cannot wait to try your recipe. thank you!

  11. Mrs houston says

    Making it now! Can’t wait to taste it.

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