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Meet the 30-minute one-pot dinner solution that my kids love! It’s nice those meals that your kids look forward to and this hearty, almost chili-like soup is one of them. It’s gluten-free and dairy-free, and leave out the beans to make it Whole30, Paleo and Keto. My kids have not even *noticed* this one has cauliflower rice in it – blends right into the texture and flavor #momwin. Works great both on the stove or in an instant pot. A family favorite, we usually double it and enjoy the leftovers or freeze it (it freezes great too)!

Taco Soup

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 6


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes can used ones with green chilies in them for a kick!
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 15.5 oz can black beans optional, leave out for Whole30, Paleo or Keto
  • 16 oz fresh or frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Toppings of choice Avocado, chopped cilantro, jalapenos, plantain or tortilla chips


  • Cook ground beef with chopped onion and garlic in a large pot on the stove or in your Instant Pot on sauté. 
  • Add in all other ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes, stiring occasionally, or seal Instant Pot and cook on stew/soup setting for 20 minutes. We serve with plantain or tortilla chips, cilantro and avocado (no chips if on Whole30 or Keto).


We love these with my Homemade Plantain Chips here.


  1. 5 stars
    Made this last night. Had it for dinner past 2 nights. Absolutely delicious!!

    • I’m so happy it was an easy win! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! I only had 1 lb of ground beef so I added more cauliflower and bone broth and little more seasonings. Kids loved it too!

  3. If I did this in crockpot, would the caulirice be ok?

    • Yes! It wouldn’t be much different than the result in an instant pot or on the stove. It will get soft, but it’s a texture blended into the other flavors and textures so it works!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe makes it on my meal plan every single week (my kids make the meal plan each week). I have one child that loves cauliflower, one that can take it or leave it and one that despises it, however they all three love this soup, including the cauliflower rice! My anti-cauliflower child said he can’t even taste it. I don’t do well with beans so I just have them on the side and people can add to their soup if they choose. Since I omit the beans, I just use two full pounds of ground beef. A few times I had some zucchini that needed used up and I chopped it and stuck it in the soup and was really good. Bonus veggies!! I make a huge batch of taco seasoning each month and usually I just use that in the soup in the place of the seasonings (pretty much the same anyway plus a few spices). Thank you again for a wonderful family-friendly recipe!

    • What a wonderful family win! How awesome they are rocking the cauliflower in it and you’ve also done zucchini in it. Wahoo and thank you!

  5. I follow a real mix of Whole 30, paleo and vegan bloggers. Autumn’s recipes are by far my favorites! Maybe it’s because I have three sons? 🙂 But truly, the recipes are simple, use ingredients you likely have and are kid-approved. I didn’t have cauli rice tonight so I skipped the beans in the soup and made a pan of black beans and rice as a layer under the taco soup. Also threw in a cup of frozen chopped spinach at the end of simmering the soup, and no one noticed the greens. Delicious dinner!

    • Aw, thank you so much! I love that you are a boy mom too. Great modifications to make this work with what you had on hand!

    • 5 stars
      This is delicious! We are not paleo or whole30, just like some healthier options. This has become one of my go-to, easy, quick to prepare dinners. Thank you so much!

      • I love that your family enjoyed this one Megan – that makes me happy! Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    It was easy to put together, not too spicy for my non-spicy people and 3 out of 4 kids said they liked it! I’m going to print this recipe!

    • Yay, I’m so happy it was an easy win – thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    Autumn… I seriously love every recipe I’ve tried! The most recent one being Taco Soup. I made it for the first time on Friday… we loved it so much, I made it again on Sunday!

    • Aw Carol, you always have been such a wonderful and sweet supporter of my journey! You have been there since those first Whole30 potlucks! Thanks mama!

    • Finally made this taco soup! Just delicious. I see lots of potential, including feeding friends. I can tell it’s going to become more tasty tomorrow. Thank you. Straight-forward, delicious and nutritious.

    • 5 stars
      This soup is delicious! My kids keep me busy so I’m always looking for recipes that can be prepped in the crockpot a day in advance, this soup worked beautifully! We loved it topped with avocado, lime & cilantro. Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    I’m currently doing a Whole30 and came across this recipe on your Instagram. It was literally so easy and my husband, who’s doing this Whole30 with me too, loved it as well. I wasn’t paying attention when I bought the diced tomatoes, they had olive oil and garlic in them. It gave the soup more of a spaghetti sauce taste, but we didn’t mind 🙂 This recipe is so versatile, you can use a variety of toppings/additions and it will definitely be on our food prep rotation, Whole30 or not!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

    • I’m so happy this was an easy win, especially on a Whole30! I’m rooting for you and your husband!


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