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Low Carb Creamy Taco Soup

November 18, 2022 | Author: Ashley McCrary

A tasty, creamy taco soup recipe that the whole family will love. Made with ground beef, diced tomatoes and chilies, onions, bell peppers, dairy free cream cheese, and a homemade taco seasoning. This beefy soup is low-carb, whole30, paleo, dairy-free, and delicious! Slow cooker option included. 

an overhead shot of creamy taco soup topped with cheese, tomatoes, and cilantro

What Makes This Recipe Great

It’s cooling down outside and soup season has commenced. I absolutely love tacos, so I thought I’d take all of the delicious taco flavors and turn them into creamy taco soup! 

The result? A creamy, beefy, flavorful soup with homemade taco seasoning. It’s so delicious, you will think you’re eating tacos! Garnish with your favorite taco toppings and you won’t even miss the shell. 

Ingredient Notes

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Creamy Taco Soup

Ground Beef: You could also substitute ground turkey if you prefer. 

Garlic Cloves: Mince fresh garlic cloves or use a jar of minced garlic. 

Beef Broth: Use beef broth, bone broth, or beef stock. 

Veggies: Yellow onion, red & green bell pepper, diced. 

Dairy-Free Cream Cheese: I like the dairy free cream cheese from the Kitehill brand. Feel free to use your favorite.  

Coconut Milk: Use a can of unsweetened coconut milk. The refrigerated version is too thin. 

Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies: If you can’t find this can, use 1 can of diced tomatoes and 1 can of diced fire-roasted (mild) green chilies. 

Diced Tomatoes: Use 1 can of diced tomatoes or you can dice a fresh tomato. 

Franks Hot Sauce: You can use whichever hot sauce you like. 

Homemade Taco Seasoning

To make homemade taco seasoning, simply combine 2 tbsp chili powder, 2 tsp cumin, 2 tsp paprika, 1 1/2 tsp oregano, 3/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper,1 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp onion powder.

Recipe Step by Step

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Stovetop

1. Heat a 5- or 6-quart Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, onion, peppers, and minced garlic and cook for 2- 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook until brown, Strain the beef and veggies to remove any excess grease.

2. Add the taco seasoning and mix together with the beef. Add in the broth, canned diced tomatoes, and Rotel (with liquid).

3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. The longer it simmers the better the flavor. 

4. Add in the coconut milk, dairy-free or regular cream cheese, and mix with a spoon. Allow to completely melt, around 15 minutes. (Tip: Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature. This will help it melt better).

5. Taste and add any additional salt and pepper to taste.

6. Divide among bowls and garnish with fresh sweet onions, diced tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro.

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Crockpot/Slow Cooker

1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion, peppers, and minced garlic and cook for 2- 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook until brown, Strain the beef and veggies to remove any excess grease.

2. Add the beef along with the taco seasoning, broth, canned diced tomatoes, and Rotel (with liquid) to a crockpot.

3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

4. 20 minutes before serving, add the cream cheese and allow it to melt. Mix with a spoon to combine.

5. Serve with freshly chopped onion, tomatoes, and cilantro.

Pro Tips

Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

Serving: Serve warm in a bowl and garnish with your favorite taco toppings. 

Instant Pot: You can make this creamy taco soup in your instant pot using the saute function and then the slow cooker function. The same instructions apply. 

Beans: If you want to add a can of black beans or pinto beans, you totally can. Remember, adding beans will increase the carb count. 

Dairy: If you are not dairy free, feel free to use regular cream cheese. 

Keto Taco Soup: This recipe has 14.5 net carbs per serving. Depending on your allotted carbs in your keto diet, this could be a great keto-friendly lunch or dinner option. 

Toppings: Fresh sweet onions, diced tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, sour cream, and/or shredded cheese.

a closeup of a spoon holding a scoop of beef soup with tomatoes, diced onions, and cilantro on top.

Recipe FAQs

Low Carb Creamy Taco Soup: FAQs

Can I freeze this recipe?

Yes! Let the soup cool completely. Then, store it in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 4 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or reheat from frozen in the crockpot. 

Is this soup keto-friendly? 

Turning this into a keto taco soup recipe really depends on how many carbs you have allotted in your macros each day. This recipe has 14.5 net carbs per serving, which makes it low-carb, but not necessarily keto. 

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Low Carb Creamy Taco Soup

A tasty, creamy taco soup recipe that the whole family will love. Made with ground beef, diced tomatoes and chilies, onions, bell peppers, dairy free cream cheese, and a homemade taco seasoning. This beefy soup is low-carb, whole30, paleo, dairy-free, and delicious! Slow cooker option included. 

  • Total Time: 19 minute
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 24 oz beef broth (around 3 cups)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 8 oz dairy-free cream cheese ( I use Kitehill)
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel diced tomatoes and chilies
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Franks Hot Sauce
  • Garnish dairy-free shredded cheese, cilantro, lime juice, chopped onions, and tomatoes

Taco Seasoning:

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

Stovetop

1. Heat a 5- or 6-quart Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high. Add the olive oil, onion, peppers, and minced garlic and cook for 2- 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook until brown, Strain the beef and veggies to remove any excess grease.

2. Add the taco seasoning and mix together with the beef. Add in the broth, canned diced tomatoes, hot sauce and Rotel (with liquid).

3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. The longer it simmers the better the flavor. Add in the coconut milk, dairy-free or regular cream cheese, and mix with a spoon. Allow to completely melt, around 15 minutes. (TIP: Make sure the cream cheese is at room temp. This will help it melt better)

4. Taste and add any additional salt and pepper to taste.

5. Divide among bowls and garnish with fresh sweet onions, diced Roma tomatoes, lime juice and cilantro.

Crockpot

1. Heat a large pot over medium-high. Add the olive oil, onion, peppers, and minced garlic and cook for 2- 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook until brown, Strain the beef and veggies to remove any excess grease.

2. Add the beef along with the taco seasoning, hot sauce, broth, canned diced tomatoes, and Rotel (with liquid) to a crockpot.

3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

4. 20 minutes before serving, add the room temp cream cheese and allow it to melt. Mix with a spoon to combine.

5. Serve with freshly chopped onion, tomatoes, and cilantro.

Notes

Storage: Store leftover creamy taco soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

Serving: Serve warm in a bowl and garnish with your favorite taco toppings. 

Instant Pot: You can make this creamy taco soup in your instant pot using the saute function and then the slow cooker function. The same instructions apply. 

Beans: If you want to add a can of black beans or pinto beans, you totally can. Remember, adding beans will increase the carb count. 

Dairy: If you are not dairy free, feel free to use regular cream cheese. 

Keto Taco Soup: This creamy taco soup recipe has 14.5 net carbs per serving. Depending on your allotted carbs in your keto diet, this could be a great keto-friendly lunch or dinner option. 

Toppings: Fresh sweet onions, diced tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, sour cream, and/or shredded cheese.

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: stovetop: 40-60 minutes, Crockpot: 7 hours
  • Category: Main Dish/Soup
  • Method: Stovetop/Crockpot
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!