Slow Cooker Taco Chili

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

Yield: Serves 6-8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours


  • 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


  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!
  2. Give a quick stir to combine the ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Serve hot with plain greek yogurt (or sour cream), cheese, avocado and tortilla strips! ENJOY.

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58 Responses to “Slow Cooker Taco Chili”

  1. posted Feb 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 :)

    • posted Feb 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      I love putting teasers on instagram!!! Come on over for dinner!

  2. posted Feb 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.

    • posted Feb 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      It was a delicious, fun twist for sure! Thanks Melanie!

  3. posted Feb 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.

    • posted Feb 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      I think you should totally give it a try!! Stay warm :)

  4. posted Feb 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Looks delicious! I love slow-cooker meals.

  5. posted Feb 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    This taco chili is truly calling my name!

  6. posted Feb 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.

    • posted Feb 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)!!

  7. posted Feb 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 :)

    • posted Feb 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!

  8. posted Feb 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.

    • posted Feb 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)!!

  9. posted Feb 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!

    • posted Feb 18, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      I’m happy to help! And yes, I heart my slow cooker!

  10. posted Feb 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I am always looking for new things to cook in my slow cooker! this looks amazing!

  11. posted Feb 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!

  12. posted Feb 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!

  13. posted Feb 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    This Taco Chili looks fantastic! ANd that cornbread on the side is a perfect companion for this dish!!

    • posted Feb 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks Renee!! They really do go so well together!

  14. posted Feb 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.

    • posted Feb 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      UGH. I’m so over the snow!! And I love sharing fellow bloggers recipes :)

  15. posted Feb 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!

  16. posted Feb 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.

  17. posted Mar 1, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Just pinned to my “Slow Cooker Ideas” board, which I’m trying to build up. Thanks!

  18. posted Mar 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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  20. Anonymous
    posted Apr 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

    can you double this recipe?

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  22. Linda
    posted Apr 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!

  23. Sherrie
    posted Jun 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.

    • posted Jun 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

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

  24. Lorna
    posted Jun 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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  26. Elaine
    posted Aug 12, 2014 at 10:31 am

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

    • posted Aug 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

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

  27. Betsy B
    posted Sep 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Has anyone tried freezing these ingredients together? I have to go to a crock-pot meal exvhange eith 10 zipper bags full of frozen crock-pot ready meals!

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  29. posted Oct 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!!! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to put together, and it was so inexpensive. I probably spent about $12 on the ingredients. Thank you!!

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  34. Tara
    posted Jan 26, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Could you cook this for less time on High? I’m looking for something that would take more like 4 hours.


    • posted Jan 26, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Yes absolutely! This recipe is quite flexible for cooking on high!

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