This simple taco soup recipe with chicken is delicious, filled with chicken, black beans, fresh vegetables, and Mexican spices. It’s kid-approved, too! Make it in under 30 minutes.

A top view of a bowl of taco soup with corn tortilla chips.

If you are looking for a hearty soup recipe, my homemade taco soup is hearty enough to be a meal. It has lots of shredded low-fat chicken breast and vegetables. It makes a delicious, healthy dinner the whole family is going to love! Taco soup is a one-pot meal that is easy to make in 30 minutes.

Sometimes, you make a soup that is an unexpected hit. This shredded chicken taco soup is one of those pleasant surprises! My recipe is really versatile! This homemade taco soup can be made with various ingredients. I love adding different types of beans and vegetables.

You will want to check out all of my homemade gluten free soup recipes…you are guaranteed to find your next favorite! And if you love onion soup, this gluten free onion soup is incredible with its caramelized onion flavors!

Allergen Information:

This easy taco soup is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and nut-free.

Photos of the taco soup ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Chicken Breasts – I use chicken breasts for this recipe; you can also use boneless other cuts. You want boneless because it is easier to shred.
  • Onions – You can use any type of onion for this recipe; I have even used leeks. My favorites are yellow and spring onions.
  • Garlic – I love using green garlic in this recipe. Have you tried green garlic? It is only available for a short time in the spring, but it has an incredible flavor that is so good in this soup recipe. If you can’t find green garlic, that is okay! Just substitute two minced cloves of regular garlic.
  • Vegetables—The sky is the limit! I like to make this soup and use the veggies in the back of the refrigerator that will go bad soon. For this recipe and the photos, I use green beans, celery, and carrots. You can also use jarred roasted red peppers!
  • Chicken Broth – I prefer low-sodium, but either will work well.

If you love chicken as much as we do, you will want to check out ALL of my delicious Gluten Free Chicken Recipes.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

This taco soup is so easy to make, and I apologize for not taking many photos of it cooking. I will list out all of the steps, so you can follow along anyways.

Onion and garlic cooking in a pot.

Step 1: In a soup pot, add a little avocado oil (or another high-heat oil) and heat over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the rest of the chopped vegetables, like celery, pepper, garlic, and corn. If you only have zucchini and onion, use those in your healthy taco soup recipe!

Sauté the vegetables for 5 minutes. 

Step 2: Add the broth, spices, canned and rinsed beans, and raw chicken breasts.

Step 3: Cover and bring it to a rolling boil. Once the gluten free taco soup is boiling, let it boil for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to medium-low to simmer.

Step 3: Cook the soup for 15 more minutes until the chicken is done.

Shredding chicken with two forks on a cutting board.

Step 4: Remove the chicken and shred it with two forks or these meat shredders. The meat shredders make this so much easier.

If you want to try a delicious Instant Pot soup, try this Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe.

Step 5: Garnish your gluten free taco soup with sour cream, cheddar cheese, jalapeño slices, and fresh cilantro. Enjoy it as lunch or dinner. This soup also packs well into a Thermos in a lunch box.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you make this soup dairy-free?

This chicken taco soup recipe is naturally dairy-free. For toppings, substitute dairy-free sour cream or omit it entirely. It is also naturally gluten-free.

Can you make this soup paleo?

This soup is easy to make paleo by omitting the beans and dairy toppings. I recommend adding more vegetables, even sweet potatoes, to help thicken the soup slightly.

Can you make this soup in a slow cooker?

This recipe is easy to make in your slow cooker. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. When the soup is ready, shred the chicken as described in this recipe.

How to Store Taco Soup:

Store this taco soup in an airtight container. It will keep fresh for up to 4 days. You can also freeze this shredded chicken taco soup for up to 4 months in the freezer. I love using the Souper Cubes to freeze this soup in single-serving portions.

A side view of the bowl of gluten free taco soup.

More Gluten Free Soup Recipes:

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A top view of a bowl of taco soup with corn tortilla chips.

Shredded Chicken Taco Soup

Sandi Gaertner
Your whole family will love this easy chicken taco soup. This healthy soup is ready in under 30 minutes!
4.86 from 14 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Soup Recipes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 161 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large organic chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic * see note
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup black beans or any beans
  • 2-3 zuchinni chopped (2 if they are large)
  • 3-4 carrots diced
  • 1 small jalapeno chopped, seeds removed (Be careful, the oils can stay on your fingers for awhile)
  • 32 ounces chicken broth low sodium
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons ground chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt possibly more depending on your taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • green onions corn tortillas, and grated cheese to top

Instructions
 

  • In a large soup pot, heat olive oil on medium heat.
  • Add chopped vegetables.
  • Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add two raw whole chicken breasts, broth, spices, and water.
  • Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium low.
  • Cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove chicken breasts.
  • Using two forks, shred chicken breasts and then return to the pot.
  • Allow to cook 5 minutes.
  • Serve with crushed corn tortillas, cheese, and green onions on top.

Notes

  1. To make this recipe paleo, omit the beans, cheese, and sour cream garnish.
  2. I used boneless chicken breasts, but you can also use thighs.
  3. This recipe is a great recipe for avoiding food waste. Use the vegetables you have on-hand!
  4. In the spring, look for green garlic. It adds wonderful flavor. Since it has such a short growing season, use regular garlic cloves if you can’t find green garlic.
  5. This gluten free taco soup will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 19gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 1078mgPotassium: 786mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5622IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 2mg
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This post was updated from an older December 2019 post with more recipe details.

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43 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This looks super comforting. I make something like this whenever anyone in our house is feeling ill and it always perks them up.

  2. I tried this soup for the first time last night. Actually, it’s my first soup ever. It turned out great. Except this recipe didn’t say when to put in the spices (cumin or chili powder). When I realized that, I had the chicken & water in already, which I’m sure was fine. I think when I have the left overs, I will leave the cheese out, horrible clean up!

    1. Oh, you are right Tammy. Thank you so much for letting me know. I tend to dump in the spices when I add the chicken and water. I will add this in. I appreciate your taking the time to write.

  3. It has definitely been soup weather lately. And when the air is crisp, there’s nothing better than a delicious soup!

  4. This looks so good! Its gray, rainy day today. I think this is what we’ll have for dinner tonight!

  5. Love the added green beans – why not! Also love how hearty this soup is – so nice!

  6. I love taco soup and your rendition, with this chicken, looks incredibly appetizing and nutritious. Very nicely done!

  7. This soup looks so delicious and comforting. I’d love a bowl or 2 on this cloudy day.