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Cheesy Taco Soup is so simple to throw together and is loaded with taco inspired ingredients. The cheesiness takes this soup to the next level of delicious and will be loved by the entire family! 

A bowl of Cheesy Taco Soup with fresh sliced limes on top.

Quick and Easy Taco Soup

Those of you that follow along on Instagram stories saw that I was a part of an amazing blogger retreat in Malibu earlier this month. The weather was perfect, and we had amazing beach views. And one of the most magical parts of the retreat was welcoming McCormick as our sponsor! As you all know, I’m lucky enough to have a long-standing relationship with McCormick, and they were kind enough to come and spend the day with us. Every meal that we had with them that day was so beautifully set up and we knew that we could count on the food to be delicious and packed with flavor. We are still talking about the AMAZING Berbere Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Citrus Broth that they made for us for dinner!

Two photos of table settings. The one of the left with a main color of blue and the left is a main color of purple.

During the day, we had different sessions that taught us how to be Flavor Experts by showing us how to appreciate the flavor and quality of products! I have always loved and known the amazing quality of McCormick products, but it was so cool to put it to the test. (You guys wouldn’t believe the difference between McCormick and Competitor in cinnamon; the Saigon Cinnamon blew me away!)

Photos of different types of McCormick Spices.

We tested out all kinds of herbs and spices and really learned the ins and outs of each one from McCormick, including flavor substitutes and other helpful tips and tricks. One of my favorite parts was seeing the difference between McCormick products and other brands. You could see all of the physical differences between McCormick and the competitor. The size and vibrancy of the color was apparent in each test We all joked that we were going to quit our day jobs and just give out samples at the grocery store so that everyone could see the difference for themselves. After learning the care and details put into everything they produce, all I wanted to do was get cooking! I’m super excited topartner with them to show you what I learned.

One of the clear takeaways from our time with McCormick is that great-tasting recipes start with pure, high-quality spices and extracts. McCormick has been a trusted authority on flavor for more than 125 years (wow!). One of my favorite seasoning blends to use in the kitchen is McCormick Taco Seasoning, so I was super excited to test it against competitors. McCormick Taco Seasoning is free from fillers and is made with simple flavors and high-quality spices (which you can see!). I’m telling you, now it is obvious why McCormick Taco Seasoning is my secret ingredient for Taco Tuesdays.

Knowing all of this, I was so inspired and I chose to make this amazing cheesy taco soup for you
today to show off the AMAZING flavors in McCormick Taco Seasoning. It is a family favorite and so
easy to make. You just dump in all of the ingredients and it is jam-packed with amazing cheesy,
delicious flavor.

Ingredients of Cheesy Taco Soup with a packet of McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix in the middle.

How do you make cheesy taco soup?

  • In a large pot over medium high heat, add ground beef. Cook and crumble the brown beef until no longer pink. Drain the grease.

Cooked ground beef in a large pot.

  • Add the diced tomatoes, corn, kidney beans, black beans, olives, taco seasoning packet, and beef broth.

All of the ingredients for Cheesy Taco Soup in a large pot.

  • Add in the velveeta cheese OR the shredded cheddar cheese. Stir together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.

Large pot of Cheesy Taco Soup with freshly grated cheese on top.

Four things you didn’t know about McCormick taco seasoning:

  • It is a zesty blend of authentic Mexican Seasonings, including onions and peppers.
  • It is a hearty flavor that is not too spicy but warm enough to compliment a variety of meats.
  • Contains no added MSG!
  • It is available in original, mild, hot, and gluten free.

Taco seasoning in a clear glass bowl.

Can I use cheddar cheese instead of velveeta cheese?

Of course!  We have no shame when it comes to velveeta cheese. ;). I like that it gives it a smoother creamier feel, but we also have made it with real shredded cheddar cheese. Both are delicious!

Can I use turkey meat instead of ground beef?

Yes you can.  You can add ground turkey or even ground chicken as a substitute if you would like.

Large bowl and ladle with Cheesy Taco Soup.

If you are looking for more delicious taco seasoning inspired recipes, look no further!


Cheesy Taco Soup in a bowl with a metal spoon.

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Easy Cheesy Taco Soup

4.80 from 5 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Cheesy Taco Soup is so simple to throw together and is loaded with taco inspired ingredients. The cheesiness takes this soup to the next level of delicious and will be loved by the entire family!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes 14.5 ounce (I like to use fire roasted
  • 1 can whole kernel corn 15 ounce, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans 15 ounce, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans 15 ounce, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can sliced olives 4 ounce
  • 1 McCormick® taco seasoning package
  • 1 beef broth 14.5 ounce
  • 1 (16 ounce) Velveeta cheese cubed OR 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: sour cream cilantro, sliced avocado, tomatoes, tortilla strips


  • In a large pot over medium high heat add the ground beef. Cook and crumble until no longer pink and drain the grease.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, corn, kidney beans, black beans, olives, taco seasoning packet, and beef broth.
  • Add in the Velveeta cheese OR the shredded cheddar cheese. Stir together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 2-3 minutes to let the flavors blend and serve with desired toppings.


Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 23gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 1164mgPotassium: 746mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 431IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This post was sponsored by McCormick. I love brands that I use in the kitchen for myself. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have this in my crockpot now, smells delicious. I’m curious if I was supposed to add the juice from the olives as well? I did as it didn’t say to drain them, concerned it will be too salty.
    Love all the recipes I try from this site!

    1. Yes, it will be great in a slow cooker. Just brown your meat ahead of time. Set it on low for 4 to 5 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours long.

    1. Simply double all the ingredients. If you do not have a big enough pot, you can use two or even a slow cooker to help.

  2. This soup is to die for! I made it for a few friends while tucked away in a mountain cabin and we all went crazy over it. I used ground turkey and cheddar cheese (processed cheese is really gross if you think about it) and other than that followed recipe to a t. Yum yum yum!

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe! We’ve made this at least 3 times in the last month. We left out the olives and reduced the cheese and it’s still delicious! We also seasoned the ground turkey while it was browning. We even made this with venison and it turned out amazing. Thanks for another great recipe!!

    1. I am sure they have it or either something similar! You are welcome to browse their site or check in the baking isle by the seasonings. Enjoy your soup! XOXO

  4. It is very cold and windy here in the Northeast. I was really in the mood for something warm, spicy and hearty. Originally looked at the cheeseburger soup, but scrolled down and found the Cheesy Taco Soup. It is on the stove now, simmering.. So much flavor and easy!! For certain I’ll try the Cheeseburger soup, but when given the choice my husband said “taco”.
    New to your website, and glad I found you! Thanks for a great recipe- I’m sure they’re many.
    Happy Holidays!

  5. 5 stars
    This soup recipe is amazing! I am always looking for new ways to make foods that my boyfriend and I like because he will not try anything new, new. This was perfect for us. He loved it and had 3 servings of it. I will be making again.
    I followed the recipe to a T and it didn’t need any adjusting in my opinion!

  6. 4 stars
    What a yummy recipe!!! I believe corn belongs in many mexican recipes but is often overlooked. Your recipe does not. Thanks for adding black olives. (Another often forgotten ingredient) This recipe is destined for my “Soup Library”.