Slow Cooker Taco Chili

by aimee @ shugarysweets on February 14, 2014

Slow Cooker meals are not only perfect for busy weeknight dinners, but also great for weekend entertaining too! This Taco Chili is so flavorful. Serve it up with a side of cornbread and all the fixings!

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Slow Cooker Taco Chili recipe

I know when some people think of slow cooker meals, the image that comes to mind is Boring. Bland. Ugly.

My friends, your Slow Cooker meals do NOT have to be like this! I love using my slow cooker. I try to pull it out at least once or twice a week, sometimes more! I love recipes that I can toss all the ingredients into the pot and walk away for hours. Recipes that when they are finished, there’s no fussing.

Today’s recipe is just that…an easy, delicious, flavorful chili. I used ground turkey to make this on the healthier side. I also used my homemade taco seasoning mix to give this chili flavor. If you’re using store bought packets you may want to adjust the salt in this recipe. Those packets tend to be quite salty!

Slow Cooker Taco Chili recipe

I used plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream on top of this chili. I also added a pinch of low fat shredded cheese, chopped avocado and some southwestern tortilla strips.

Of course my attempts to keep this healthy were completely awash since I served this with a big side of Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread. But it’s all about balance, right?

I’m pretty sure this would make a great meal to serve at a potluck. Or family event. Make a big batch and have bowls of all the toppings on the side! Of course, don’t forget the cornbread. You have to have your carbs after all, right? ENJOY!!

Slow Cooker Taco Chili recipe

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Slow Cooker Taco Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Yield: serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (15.25oz) sweet corn (don't drain)
  • 1 can (15oz) black beans (don't drain)
  • 1 can (15oz) red kidney beans (don't drain)
  • 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup salsa (I used a thick and chunky style)
  • 3 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. In a large slow cooker, combine cooked ground turkey, corn, beans, salsa, tomato sauce, salt and taco seasoning. Make sure to add the liquid from all your cans of corn and beans! Give a quick stir to combine the ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Serve hot with plain greek yogurt (or sour cream), cheese, avocado and tortilla strips! ENJOY.
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Ashton February 14, 2014 at 8:33 am

I’ve been drooling over this since I saw it on your Instagram!!! Well played, my friend! I can’t wait to dive into a bowl of this goodness :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I love putting teasers on instagram!!! Come on over for dinner!
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Melanie @ Carmel Moments February 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

Ohhh….that’s a good looking chili Aimee! Love the taco twist and I’m sure my kids would too.
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

It was a delicious, fun twist for sure! Thanks Melanie!
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Emily @ Life on Food February 14, 2014 at 9:37 am

I have been traveling a lot for work lately and the one constant has been cold weather. Good thing most restaurants have chili. I have gotten my full. I bet this version is about 100 time better though. I am thinking a deserve a big pot this weekend.
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I think you should totally give it a try!! Stay warm :)
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Stephanie @ PlainChicken February 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

Looks delicious! I love slow-cooker meals.
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

We have that totally in common Stephanie!
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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) February 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

This taco chili is truly calling my name!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

I hear it too!! Haha!!
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Maralyn Woods February 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm

This looks delish! I can’t use canned ingredients because I only get 500mg of sodium/day. But I could use dried beans and frozen corn and totally do this without using 6 days worth of sodium. hahahahaha. Love your posts.

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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Thank you Maralyn! Let me know if you try it and the substitutions you use (future readers may be interested)!!
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Cyndi February 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I don’t use my slow cooker as much as I should. I honestly forget about it. The mornings are so crazy for me to throw stuff in the slow cooker, but I need to force myself cause it would make the night so much easier. :) Love that you used greek yougurt instead of sour cream! And I agree 100% with you. It’s all about balance. Hehe :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:02 pm

It does take a few extra minutes prep, but it’s so worth it at dinner time!! The greek yogurt was a delicious twist, I’m so glad I tried it!
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Candace @ Cabot February 15, 2014 at 7:20 am

So easy, so good. It’s a great recipe for beginning/aspiring cooks! Or those of us who just want something delicious that doesn’t take a lot of time.

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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:03 pm

It appeals to so many, you’re right! And my husband said Pepperjack Cheese gives it good flavor too (too spicy for me)!!
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Mary Frances February 15, 2014 at 9:51 am

Isn’t the slow cooker the best? Especially with chili. ;) And now taco chili – seriously, tacos in chili? I think I just found my happy place!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I’m happy to help! And yes, I heart my slow cooker!
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet February 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

I am always looking for new things to cook in my slow cooker! this looks amazing!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Thank you Nancy!! Let me know if you try it!!
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Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet February 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm

This just made me really hungry! One thing I love about winter time is chili and this looks fantastic!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:06 pm

thank you Anna!!
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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 16, 2014 at 8:50 am

We just had slow cooker regular chili for dinner last night. Next time I definitely want to try this!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

regular chili…boring. Hahha, just kidding ;)
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Renee@ Two in the Kitchen February 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

This Taco Chili looks fantastic! ANd that cornbread on the side is a perfect companion for this dish!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Thanks Renee!! They really do go so well together!
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Tonia February 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm

We got about 7 inches of snow this morning so it is definitely a chili kind of day! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing my slow cooker baked potatoes.
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

UGH. I’m so over the snow!! And I love sharing fellow bloggers recipes :)
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Kelly February 18, 2014 at 6:59 am

Love this taco chili! It looks fantastic and perfect to warm up with. I love that it’s made in the slow cooker too!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Thanks Kelly!!
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shelly (cookies and cups) February 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Taco chili? Such a fun idea! I am a sucker for chile..and tacos…and slow cookers…
so yeah.
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David @ CookingChat March 1, 2014 at 8:50 am

Just pinned to my “Slow Cooker Ideas” board, which I’m trying to build up. Thanks!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Thank YOU for pinning David.

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Kristen Duke March 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Sounds delicious! I’m a fan of chili and taco so the combo sounds perfect!
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Anonymous April 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

can you double this recipe?

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aimee @ shugarysweets April 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

Absolutely!

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Linda April 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Made it with vegitarian crumbles. It was wonderful and no-one knew it wasn’t real meat with all the flavors!

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Sherrie June 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

This was absolutely delicious. I made it exact to the directions except we added Fritos corn chips instead of tortilla strips.

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

So glad you liked it! Fritos are a great substitute!!

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Lorna June 19, 2014 at 6:18 am

look delicious yum!! but one problem i don’t have a slow-cooker so how should i cook this normally until the meat is cooked?

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Elaine August 12, 2014 at 10:31 am

Totally random question – where did you get that double handle soup crock? Love the color!

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

No worries on randomness :) I bought these from Cost Plus World Market online. Happy Shopping!

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