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Santa Fe Chili Recipe

Santa Fe Chili Recipe

This colorful and hearty chili is perfect for heartwarming, holiday get-togethers. My family has been enjoying it for years. —Laura Manning of Lilburn, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cans (7 ounces each) white or shoepeg corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) V8 juice
  • 2 envelopes ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning
  • Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and corn chips, optional


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the beans, corn, tomatoes, juice, salad dressing mix and taco seasoning.
  • 2. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or until heated through. Serve with sour cream, cheese and corn chips if desired. Yield: 16 servings (4 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 224 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 1513mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 15g protein.

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No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 271892
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2017

"Excellent, but I did need to add additional seasonings to give it more heat. I used the Spicy V8 Juice, Crushed Red Pepper and Cumin. I also only used 1 envelope of ranch salad dressing (just concerned about sodium). Will definitely make again!"

Rosemary Swope User ID: 1654672 265303
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2017

"We enjoyed this for dinner tonight. Made half a recipe to fit in our slow cooker. Very easy to make, and has a wonderful flavor. Thank you for sharing this recipe."

Ilovematty User ID: 8607813 244358
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2016

"Awesome chili! We loved it. Added a little more V-8."

schamberlain User ID: 8299832 242786
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"I wasn't sure about the seasoning packets but wow this is the best chili. I did change one thing because my husband doesn't like ground beef, i used ground lamb...amazing. thank you for the recipe. Even better next day."

TheaB User ID: 6624387 240172
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"Big hit with everyone"

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 58583
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"I used all the ingredients the recipe calls for, but made quite a few changes to the amounts & measurements. I only used 1 can of each of the beans, cut way back on the corn & used 4 cups of V8 juice. I also only used 1 packet of each of the seasonings. Loved it the way I made it!"

wolfgirl714 User ID: 7452079 134139
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"the whole family loved it and voted this is the only chili I am to make from now on"

[email protected] User ID: 7496809 141440
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"Made it just as written and it was great! I will now try the spicy V8 and red pepper next time. This is a keeper."

CalR User ID: 5718504 82590
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"Delicious! I added the Crushed Red Pepper flakes as suggested by another poster, and I put in about a teaspoon of ground cumin seed as well as about 1.5 teaspoons of dried cilantro."

mjmurphy User ID: 1434956 54022
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"Because of all the good ratings, I made this recipe today for lunch. Only made 1/4 recipe since I am cooking for 2 and didn't want a lot of leftovers if we didn't care for it. Wish I had just halved the recipe! This is fantastic! Unlike any chili we have ever eaten but it really is great. Had to make a special trip to the store for the corn chips as we don't keep that kind of thing on hand but so glad we made the effort. They really added that extra touch to a truly great and easy meal. Thank you so much!"

HeidiD73 User ID: 3362401 58475
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"Simple and delicious!"

gracefullikeagazelle User ID: 7384426 147500
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

" I halved the recipe to fit my 3.5L crockpot, omitted the corn since I have never much liked the sweet it brings and added some minced jalapeno plus a few red pepper flakes to boost the heat. Followed another reviewer's lead and added spicy V8. YAHHH!!!"

bubbiesbub User ID: 6839940 147491
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"this recipe is da bomb."

dalvarez User ID: 5421108 100073
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"I like my chili the way this recipe is made and it's ingredients. But it must be some other Santa Fe than New Mexico, where they don't add tomato to their chile con carne. The red color comes from ground chile, either ground pods, frozen or powdered. It's pure chile w/o the complex spices added. The recipe above, Santa Feans call Texas chili. In the restaurants you will not get Texas style chili. They do not offer it. Here's the difference. Even how they spell chile."

AlicePerkins User ID: 7323105 147490
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014 Edited Mar. 17, 2014

" Someone gave me this recipe several years ago--as Santa Fe soup--and it immediately became a cool-weather favorite of my family and friends! It is delicious...whatever you choose to call it! :-) (Btw, my recipe calls for dumping in all the beans straight from the rinsing or draining--even easier! )"

DawniekWI User ID: 241403 103633
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Just making sure this recipe only needs 1 small- 11 1/2 oz can of V-8? It doesn't seem like enough liquid. My chili has more broth usually. Let me know, it sounds good otherwise!"

CakeLady11290 User ID: 7563212 58581
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"This really deserve more than 5 stars. Sometimes I use chicken breasts and shred them & put chicken back into chili mixture. This is definitely a crowd pleaser. AWESOME!"

rbyb User ID: 1319171 58474
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"I think the recipe for this chili sounds just fine, no matter what you call it."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 58472
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"We made it without the envelopes of ranch dressing (high sodium content) and served with sour cream. Delicious!"

susieleger User ID: 3872859 141438
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Thank you for the recipe. I may make a few changes to suit my family, but I appreciate the basic ingredients. "

Katz6703 User ID: 7370710 147489
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"This is awesome! We live in Texas and really enjoy our chili, with or without beans and this one is EZ and has a rich and delicious taste! Grab some crackers or cornbread and enjoy this hardy meal!"

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 139259
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Made about a year ago and it was great and easy. Thanks for the reminder. Will make again!"

rmr7heaven User ID: 7323624 58569
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"Five Star delicious and easy chili recipe. Made once; making again now for Saturday afternoon. Love the ease of making this (brown the meat then throw everything in crock pot and let it cook) and the variety of beans in this recipe. Going to add jalapeno slices to my bowl of chili, along with the cheese and sour cream, since I prefer my chili with a little heat!"

sherylkmom User ID: 1030564 69317
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Everyone loved it!"

emarkwell User ID: 5965858 206100
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"This was awesome and made so many left overs!! I will be adding this to my cold weather cook book. :) Love, Love!"

avia817 User ID: 3937736 62122
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

"Love it!!!"

ValKro User ID: 1440926 141424
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"My daughter-in-law made this chili for us during the Christmas holiays and we just loved it. Kept reheating it the next days till it was gone. Will definitely make it again and again."

jayne.enns User ID: 5874326 139258
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"Top notch recipe!"

weather_girl User ID: 4763655 206099
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"This chili is very yummy! I used ground chicken instead of beef and I was very please. Will be definitely making this again!"

Kristy Huggler User ID: 5731531 134138
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"My husband does not like beans, so I cut back the recipe to one can of kidney beans and one can of pinto beans (no black beans or corn). He loved this recipe and so did the rest of our family!! Definitely would make it again!"

drager User ID: 5446707 58471
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"This is a GREAT recipe. I made this for football Sunday at a local watering hole. I used an 18 qt roasting pan. Everyone loved it and there were NO leftovers!! I will definitely make this again!"

[email protected] User ID: 1587453 141423
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"Made this for a bunch of hungry firefighters and they thought it was great. I used the spicy V-8 juice and added a little hot sauce and red peppers, for just enough heat."

lisadeanna User ID: 1051944 58470
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2008

"I just made 2 crockpots of this wonderful soup along with chicken Noodle and Potato and Leek soup and Peasant soup for a baby shower brunch and the Sante Fe chili was liked the best of all!"

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