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 recipe is so flavorful. Serve it up with a side of cornbread and all the fixings!

Slow Cooker Taco Chili recipe

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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 and 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

What do I need to make this Slow Cooker Taco Chili?

Ground Turkey. You can use ground beef if you prefer. Or try my Slow Cooker CHICKEN Taco Chili recipe!

Can of sweet corn (don’t drain it)

1 Can of black beans (don’t drain it)

Can of Red Kidney Beans (don’t drain it)

1 Can of tomato sauce

Salsa (thick and chunky is best)

Taco seasoning


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Yield: Serves 6-8

Slow Cooker Taco Chili

Slow Cooker Taco Chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours

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


  • 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.

Today’s recipe for Slow Cooker Taco Chili was originally published on Shugary Sweets on February 14, 2014 and has been republished in September 2018.

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80 comments on “Slow Cooker Taco Chili”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. Ohhh….that’s a good looking chili Aimee! Love the taco twist and I’m sure my kids would too.

  3. 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.

  4. Looks delicious! I love slow-cooker meals.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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

  10. This just made me really hungry! One thing I love about winter time is chili and this looks fantastic!

  11. We just had slow cooker regular chili for dinner last night. Next time I definitely want to try this!

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

  13. 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.

  14. Love this taco chili! It looks fantastic and perfect to warm up with. I love that it’s made in the slow cooker too!

  15. Taco chili? Such a fun idea! I am a sucker for chile..and tacos…and slow cookers…
    so yeah.

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

  17. Sounds delicious! I’m a fan of chili and taco so the combo sounds perfect!

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  19. Anonymous

    can you double this recipe?

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  21. Linda

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

  22. Sherrie

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

  23. Lorna

    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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  25. Elaine

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

  26. Betsy B

    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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  28. 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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  33. Tara

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


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  37. Anonymous

    When doubling is it ok to double everything- including all the liquids?

  38. Sandra

    Could you cook the ground turkey right in the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients?

  39. Chrissy Bennett

    I made this last night for dinner it’s absolutely my 12 year olds favorite. Her friends were over and I got carried away by the time I was done all the Taco Soup I made fed everyone in my house which was 7 people 4 of them were teenagers. I sent a big bowl for my friend and her family, sent some home with my daughters Best friend and because her kids ate here I sent a nice size amount for her dinner and then my daughter and her family. I not only used ground beef but also ground Turkey. I also made a pan of macaroni and put it in a separate bowl to add bulk and if they wanted to put it over the macaroni. It’s goid over rice also. Topped it with cheese and sour cream and also made cornbread it is the easiest, hardiest. Inexpensive dinner. I still have a medium size bowl left and sent some in hubbys lunch. Everyone should make this it is AWESOME Thank You so Much k

  40. Helen

    Thank you for such an easy and delicious recipe! My kids don’t like chili but they will eat this one. I save this for a lazy day cause its just so darn easy. I don’t bother with the slow cooker cause I can’t ever plan ahead enough so I just brown the turkey in a pot and then dump everything else in and cook for a bit and it comes out great! I also just buy a packet of taco seasoning and use the whole thing instead of measuring. It’s salty enough so I don’t add any additional salt. When serving I add a little shredded cheese, sour cream, maybe include a salad or even cornbread if I have the time to make it and it’s a great meal. I can’t believe that 7 staple ingredients in one pot makes something that everyone loves!

  41. Thank you for a beautiful cooker taco chili recipe. Made this tonight for my family and the kitchen smells divine. It tastes even better.

  42. Yum! I’ve been ready for soup season since about July 5th! Can’t wait to try this one — I love the Ninja too! It’s the best. Thanks, Aimee!

  43. Jessica

    Nothing better than a slow cooker soup in the fall! 

  44. Yum! I love simple and delicious recipes! Always looking for a slow cooker meal!

  45. Heather Seeley

    Have this recipe on the menu for the week and I am going to make the jalapeno cornbread too! Great recipe!!

  46. Carolyn

    Okay this officially just became what I want for dinner tonight!

  47. Jennifer

    My family LOVED This recipe – it is going to make the weekly menu! Thank you!

  48. Lex

    Could I leave out the meat all together?

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