Skinny Taco Soup made in the slow cooker is packed with flavor and super simple to prepare. Sauté onions and turkey, open a few cans, and you’re good to go!
The mornings are crisp and the leaves are changing colors and drifting off our trees and that’s a sure sign that it’s soup time! There are so many taco soup recipes out there, but this Skinny Slow Cooker Taco Soup made with lean ground turkey is sure to become one of your new favorites.
Skinny Taco Soup
This is one of those good pantry recipes. Other than sautéing the fresh ground turkey and onion, all you have to do is open up a few cans. How much easier could it get?!
And as a bonus, this soup skips using the packaged taco seasoning mix which means there’s less sodium and who knows what else. An easy, healthier, yet still delicious soup? I’m all in!
How to get extra flavor when making soup with ground turkey
When I cook soups with ground turkey, I like to give it an extra flavor and color boost by adding the spices before I add the turkey to the rest of the soup ingredients.
First, I cook the turkey and diced onions in a large skillet until done, breaking it up with a fork to make sure there are no large clumps of meat. Then I sprinkle the meat mixture with my spices and then cook and stir for another three to four minutes.
The chili powder, paprika, and black pepper especially work to give the meat a nice, rich color so you can fake out the family—they’ll never guess that it’s turkey instead of beef!
More Slow Cooker Soup Recipes!
Here are a few of my other favorite slow cooker soup recipes to help you get ready for those harvest parties and tailgates:
- Nikki’s Pasta e Fagioli (Italian pasta and bean soup)—serve with a loaf of warm, crusty bread or Italian bread sticks in order to soak up every last drop of the delicious, savory broth.
- Easy Brunswick Stew with pulled pork or chicken has everything you need to serve up a hearty, filling meal to feed a group of hungry folks.
- Creamy Chicken Florentine Soup—make this rich, creamy soup in the slow cooker with chicken, fresh spinach, and mushrooms. Top with Parmesan croutons for extra flavor.
- Rustic Sausage Tortellini Soup—with either spicy or mild Italian sausage—is a warm and filling vegetable soup for a chilly day.
Skinny Taco Soup Recipe
One of the easiest soups you’ll ever make, I like to make Skinny Taco Soup to pack for a week’s worth of lunches. To store the soup, be sure to let it cool completely before refrigerating.
To freeze Skinny Taco Soup, cool completely and then refrigerate until good and chilled. Portion the soup into resealable freezer bags and lay flat in the freezer. This soup can be frozen for up to 2 months. To thaw the soup, place in the refrigerator overnight.
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- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 32 oz. low-sodium chicken stock
- 1 11-oz. can died tomatoes & green chilies
- 1 14.5-oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 1 14.5-oz. can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 14.5-oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 11-oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
- 1 4-oz. can diced green chilies
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skilled over medium heat. Add ground turkey and the diced onion and cook (stirring frequently to break up any chunks) until the meat is done and the onions are translucent.
- Drain the turkey and onions and return to the skillet. Sprinkle the spices (chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, cumin, salt, paprika, and onion powder) over all and continue to cook and stir until the spices coat the meat, turning it a nice brown, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the meat mixture to the bottom of a slow cooker, then add the remaining ingredients and stir. Cook on high heat for 4 to 5 hours.
- Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, lime slices, and tortilla chips, if desired.
Original recipe by Gimme Some Oven
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Serving Size:1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 712mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 11gSugar: 7gProtein: 29g
Sheila Thigpen, author of The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. A Southern girl living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters, are active in their church, love to travel, and are over-the-moon excited about becoming grandparents last year. Follow Sheila on YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!