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This keto taco soup recipe is an easy and delicious way to warm yourself up on a cold day. It includes 7 simple ingredients and is ready in about 30 minutes. To keep it keto-friendly, this ground turkey taco soup skips things like beans and corn. Serve it with fresh cilantro, guacamole, or your favorite taco toppings for the perfect weeknight dinner that the whole family will enjoy.
Why Make Taco Soup with Ground Turkey
- Keto-friendly: My keto taco soup recipe uses low carb ingredients to get the flavors of regular taco soup that we all enjoy without the carbs. This means that you won’t find things like black beans and corn. But, it still has those delicious flavors found in Mexican food by loading it with your favorite taco toppings.
- Meal prep-friendly: You can make your soup ahead of time and freeze the extra portions.
- Easy to make: Anyone with basic cooking knowledge can make this easy taco soup recipe. It uses simple ingredients and doesn’t require any special skills or equipment.
- Uses ground turkey or ground chicken: this keto taco soup uses leaner ground turkey or ground chicken, making it a lighter option compared to using ground beef.
You don’t need much for this keto soup recipe. Here’s what you’ll need to gather:
- Ground Meat: Typically, I use ground turkey or ground chicken, but any ground meat like ground beef can work.
- Yellow onion: Diced
- Cloves minced garlic
- Homemade Taco Seasoning: this is a homemade spice mix. It has chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, onion, paprika, sea salt, oregano, or Italian seasoning.
- Roasted tomatoes: these are the same tomatoes that I use in my easy keto tomato soup. These come diced and canned. I don’t drain these and use the juice. If you don’t have access to roasted tomatoes, you can also use Rotel tomatoes or tomatoes that come canned with jalapenos or green chilies, and onions.
- Chicken broth: I used 1 cup water mixed with 2 tsp better than chicken bouillon paste. If you want a stronger and meatier flavor, use chicken bone broth or even beef broth, if you’d prefer. You can also use regular broth, but adjust the seasonings to taste since regular broth does not have as much flavor as better than bouillon paste.
- Olive oil, avocado oil, or any other fat for cooking
Be sure to see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact ingredient amounts, estimates of the nutritional information, and full instructions.
How to Make Keto Taco Soup
- Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven or a large pot over medium heat.
- Add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent (for about 3 minutes).
- Add the ground turkey meat and cook until browned.
- Add the remaining ingredients, stir and simmer for 30 minutes.
Recipe Tips & FAQs
- Turkey options: I prefer using dark meat ground turkey, but you can use ground turkey breast or even ground chicken if that’s what you have available.
- Toppings (optional): You can serve your keto taco soup with sour cream, Pico de Gallo Salsa or diced tomatoes with red onions, guacamole or Sliced avocado, shredded yellow cheddar cheese, or cilantro.
Using a Crockpot or Instant Pot
- To make keto taco soup in a crockpot slow cooker: Brown the meat first, add other ingredients, and heat on low for 3-4 hours.
- To make keto taco soup in an instant pot pressure cooker: Follow the same directions as in a dutch oven, using the sear/sauté function.
Creamy Keto Taco Soup
In terms of fats, I’m adding shredded Mexican cheese and a dollop of sour cream as toppings. There is also avocado oil in this recipe, making it enough “fat” for me.
But, this keto taco soup recipe also tastes great with 2 oz of cream cheese (softened) or a splash of heavy cream. These are all great options for you to make a tasty, creamy keto taco soup.
Storage and Leftovers
The easiest way to store leftovers is in an airtight container.
You can make the soup ahead of time, put it in an airtight container, and refrigerate it for the next day (up to 5 days). You can also freeze it for up to 6 months.
Regular taco soup doesn’t usually fit a keto diet because of the ingredients used. However, you can use keto/low-carb ingredient alternatives. My keto taco soup recipe excludes black beans, corn, and tortilla chips.
Yes, you can freeze this keto taco soup for up to 6 months.
It depends on the ingredients, but on average, a cup of regular taco soup has more than 20g of carbs. This recipe has about 8g of carbs total (6g net carbs).
Yes. But, you’d have to modify things like the tortilla for low-carb options like these cheese taco shells. You can also eat your tacos with butter lettuce or make a keto taco salad or bowl like I do in my ground turkey taco bowl recipe.
The common ingredients in regular taco soup are Ground meat, garlic, chili, tomatoes, onions, beans, corn, and taco seasoning. Keto Taco soup uses similar ingredients but skips on things like beans and corn. I also use a homemade taco seasoning to minimize added sugar.
Recipes to Enjoy This With
If you love taco flavors or want to have an amazing taco night, you’ll love these recipes:
- Keto Taco Salad Bowl Recipe
- Ground Turkey Taco Bowl
- Keto 7 Layer Taco Dip
- Easy Keto Shrimp Tacos Recipe
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Keto Taco Soup Recipe
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- 1 lb Ground Turkey, or another ground meat like ground chicken and ground beef.
- 1 cup Yellow onion, diced
- 4 cloves Garlic, about 1 tbsp minced
- 3 tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning, or more to taste. I used a homemade recipe that doesn't have as much salt as some options from the store.
- 28 oz Diced roasted tomatoes, canned with the juice do not drain
- 1 cup Chicken broth, I used 1 cup water mixed with 2 tsp chicken bouillon paste
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil, avocado oil or other fat for cooking
- Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or pot over medium heat.
- Add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent (~3 minutes)
- Add the ground turkey meat and cook until browned.
- Add the remaining ingredients, stir and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Serve the soup in a bowl with toppings like sour cream, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, avocado and cilantro.
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!