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Hearty Taco Chili Recipe

Hearty Taco Chili Recipe

Ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning give extra special flavor to my hearty chili. Folks will come back for seconds. —Julie Neuhalfen, Glenwood, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:11 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • Corn chips, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the beans, hominy, tomatoes, tomato sauce, onion, salad dressing mix, taco seasoning and pepper.
  • 2. In a blender, combine diced tomatoes and green chilies; cover and process until smooth. Add to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • 3. Serve with corn chips, sour cream and cheese if desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze in a freezer container for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator. Transfer to a large saucepan; heat through, adding water to thin if desired. Yield: 11 servings (2-3/4 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 299 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 1,539 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 22 g protein.

Reviews for Hearty Taco Chili

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Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"This is simple and my family really enjoys it. I use ground turkey in place of the beef. I also substituted 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes for the diced and skipped the blender thing. I also add a can of chicken broth as otherwise it is too dry and thick."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"Delicious! I love making ths chili. It's so flavorful and hearty. The only change I made was that I omitted the step using the blender and simply added the contents of the cans without blending them."

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"Yum yum! I love chili and this mixes my love of Mexican food as well. It makes so much and is just tasty all around!"

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"My teenage sons absolutely love this!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"This is now my favorite chili recipe! I made a few modifications to spice it up a bit more - added chili pepper and more taco seasoning. I also did not blend the chili peppers as recommended."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"We loved this chili. I left the hominy and green chilies out and used seasoned pinto beans. I cooked it on high in the crock pot for 3 hrs. It was my first try to make "scratch " chilli."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"I used ground turkey in place of beef. If you like a very spicy Chili you need to add more peppers. I like mild flavors and it was just fine for me but my husband would have enjoyed a little more heat."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"I paid attention to the directions and ingredients, so wasn't confused at all - used diced tomatoes with chipotle and the diced tomatoes with green chilies - very very good!! Left out hominy cuz I don't like it and put in extra chili beans. Added a little cilantro at the end; will DEFINITELY be making this again and again!! I didn't even have any leftovers!! THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT RECIPE!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Paula Deene has a recipe on for taco soup that is easier and delicious."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"recipe is easy to read, great slow cooker chili recipe and so tasty. Thanks for sharing with all us cooks"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"If you check the recipe good, it calls for tomatoes and chilies in the recipe twice..................."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"if you read the list of ingredients and look at what they say to put in the crock pot, they are the first 11 ingredients. What's left are the 2 cans of diced tomoatoes and the can of chopped chilies to blend in the mixer then add to the crocker and continue cooking"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"I'm sorry but this recipe is a bit confusing to me. At the end it states combine diced tomatoes and green chilies in a blender. What does it mean? Just the one can of diced tomatoes and green chilies, or the 2 cans of diced tomatoes and the 1 can of diced green chilies? Or just the diced tomatoes with green chilies and the 1 can of green chilies? It already stated to add tomatoes to the crockpot, so I assumed I was supposed to add the 2 cans of diced tomatoes. I ended up being too confused to blend anything, so added all the tomatoes and chopped green chilies without blending anything. Afterall, why would I bother purchasing chopped green chilies if it was going to get blended anyhow? It seemed a bit dry, so had to add about 2 cups of water to the crockpot, it does look good though."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"This was a hit with my family! I will be making it again very soon."

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