Slow Cooker Vegetarian Taco Soup

by Alli

One of my favorite things about winter is soup. I do believe I can eat soup, chili or stew every single day of the year, but especially during the fall and winter. My family loves easy soups like taco soup that I usually make with ground chuck. Sometimes I mix it up a bit by replacing beef with chicken. It becomes Taco Chicken Soup. I also make a Vegetarian Taco Soup. So, there you go.

Vegetarian Taco Soup

As you know, my grown kids, their spouses (I claim them as my kids too) and the grandkids come over for lunch on Sundays. Some Sundays, I make a full-on southern meal and do a lot of the cooking on Saturday and early Sunday before church. This past Saturday was crazy busy, ending with a semi-formal dinner in Columbia. Yes, I wore a little black dress and yes, it was fun. Since I didn’t have a lot of time to cook, I decided Sunday was a perfect day for soup and pimento cheese sliders.

Sunday is the one day I always have dessert. Apple pie for a crowd is just the thing for my large family. I’ll share the recipe later.

I often make my own pimento cheese, but in the last few years, I’ve fallen in love with Palmetto Pimento Cheese. Y’all, it’s amazing! It’s the “pimento cheese with soul” and it’s now sold nationwide. There was a time when you could only buy it in South Carolina.

Pimento Cheese I Use to Make Pimento Cheese Burgers

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Taco Soup

This one is so simple! Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker. Stir to combine. If you want Chicken Taco Soup, top with boneless, skinless, chicken thighs. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8.

Serve in bowls and top with your favorite garnishes. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, and pickled jalapeno slices.

Recipe for Vegetarian Taco Soup

I actually made two different types of taco soup this past Sunday – Vegetarian, and Chicken.

How to Make Chicken Taco Soup

I didn’t get any photos of the Chicken Taco Soup, but all you do is add 2-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs after you add all the other ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8.

Turn the slow cooker off, carefully remove thighs, shred with two forks and stir the chicken back into the soup mixture.

Most of my family likes dark meat when it comes to chicken. You can replace the chicken thighs with chicken breasts if you prefer.

Traditional Taco Soup

To make tradition taco soup, add one and a half to two pounds ground chuck to a skillet. Brown the ground chuck, drain and add to the slow cooker with all the other ingredients. Give it a stir and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8.

Yield: 6 servings

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Taco Soup

Recipe for Vegetarian Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Taco Soup is a family favorite and you won't miss the meat at all.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz.) kidney beans
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans
  • 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cans (10 oz. each) Ro-Tel tomatoes
  • 1 can water
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (garnish)
  • Tortilla chips (garnish)
  • Sour cream (garnish)
  • Pickled Jalapeno pepper slices (garnish)


  1. Place chopped onions, beans, corn, Ro-Tel tomatoes, water and tomato sauce in a slow cooker. Add the taco seasoning and ranch dressing seasoning. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours.
  3. Serve in bowls and top with shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream and pickled Jalapeno pepper slices, if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 208Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 6mgSodium 1075mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 7gSugar 17gProtein 10g

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candy December 21, 2018 - 7:29 am

I love a good taco soup and doesn’t matter that there is no meat in it for us. The flavor more than makes up it being meatless.

Amber Myers December 21, 2018 - 8:08 am

Yum, this soup looks incredible! I’ll be making this for sure. I love to make soups when it’s cold out.

Melissa Chapman December 21, 2018 - 9:19 am

That soup looks amazing and my son is vegetarian and loves tortilla chips and salsa. This would be a great healthy choice for him and all vegetarians.

GiGi Eats December 21, 2018 - 9:40 am

I really think it’s time my husband and I whip out our slow cooker. It’s been in hibernation since like February! Ha!

Denay DeGuzman December 21, 2018 - 11:38 am

This taco soup looks so warm, delicious and comforting. The perfect cozy recipe for cold-weather days. It’s a plus that it can be made in a slow cooker!

alison abbott December 21, 2018 - 2:33 pm

I love finding recipes for my slow cooker. Now that winter is in full swing, this taco soup looks incredibly warming for a cold winter night. The fact it’s vegetarian (like me) doesn’t hurt either. Yum!

Jeanette December 21, 2018 - 2:46 pm

I love my slow cooker because I can get so much done and still be able to put a good dinner on the table every night. I will definitely be trying this.

Sarah Bailey December 21, 2018 - 5:29 pm

OK now this sounds like an absolutely delicious soup. There is something about being able to tuck into a warming bowl once winter hits.

Kita Bryant December 21, 2018 - 6:19 pm

Oh yeah this is going to be on my list to cook next year. I am going to utilize my slow cooker much more in the winter.

Dennis Littley December 21, 2018 - 6:53 pm

This would be such great comfort food. So easy to make in the slow cooker too! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Pam December 21, 2018 - 7:37 pm

This sounds so good. I love taco soup but I haven’t made it in quite a while.

Heather December 21, 2018 - 8:39 pm

OH yes. This is going on my list! It looks and sounds so delicious.

Gervin Khan December 22, 2018 - 3:44 am

I do love eating Tacos a lot and your Taco Soup recipe really makes my mouth watering, looks really delicious!

Catalina December 22, 2018 - 8:56 am

I am a soup kind of person too! Give me soup, chili , stew! I love them all during the cold season! That’s awesome to have a vegetarian version of the taco soup! Sounds so tasty!

Marysa December 22, 2018 - 5:25 pm

I am a vegetarian, and this sounds like a delicious recipe. Many years ago I had a taco soup, but never attempted to make it myself. Thanks for the recipe!

Rachel December 22, 2018 - 6:00 pm

This looks like it is really good and something my family would eat. It is nice to have a meatless option.

Shannan P December 22, 2018 - 9:53 pm

I love soup this time of year, especially in the crockpot! I will have to add this recipe to our rotation!

Rosemary December 23, 2018 - 9:27 pm

I recently discovered pimento cheese while visiting South Carolina for the first time and fell in love with it. I’d love your recipe on how to make it myself. Regardless, I’m going to look for the Palmetto Pimento Cheese at my local grocery store. Agree, soups are perfect for this time of the year and the beef, chicken or vegetarian options you’ve proposed sound yummy. However, back to that pimento cheese 🙂

Shannon Gurnee December 23, 2018 - 10:20 pm

I love taco soup, but I’ve never had Vegetarian Taco Soup. I would love to try this sometime.

Mason December 29, 2018 - 5:38 pm

I made it a few days ago and it turned out absolutely delicious! This is my family’s new favorite soup. Thanks for a great healthy recipe, Alli!


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