Hearty Taco Chili Recipe
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Hearty Taco Chili Recipe

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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
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans
  • 1 can (14 ounces) hominy
  • 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
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Optional toppings: corn chips, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 342 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1368mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 9g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 8-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beef to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Rinse and drain beans and hominy. Add to beef, along with canned tomatoes and green chilies, tomato sauce, onion, the dressing and seasoning mixes and pepper. Puree green chilies and remaining diced tomatoes in a covered blender until smooth; stir into beef mixture.
  3. Cook, covered, on low until flavors are blended, 6-8 hours. Serve with toppings as desired.

  4. Freeze option: Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 10 servings (2-3/4 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Taco Chili in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2008, p11

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hawkeyemd User ID: 3499069 176529
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."

anadlynn1 User ID: 1563417 94139
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."

Erikag86 User ID: 6594533 94138
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!"

pookey0415 User ID: 5835804 94137
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"My teenage sons absolutely love this!!!"

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 173501
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."

clouise User ID: 2052367 173500
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."

milltownt User ID: 1064713 89882
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."

goodfoodshows User ID: 5184780 107442
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!!!"

annfeher User ID: 4349412 105720
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

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

viking7 User ID: 2776288 107441
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

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

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