My kids think tacos are the greatest food invention ever! I would have to agree that I enjoy a good taco here and there but my love for tacos is beginning to fade. I think it is probably because my children request them on a weekly basis! Last time I made chili for dinner, one of my boys had an idea. He thought that chili could be so much better if it tasted like a taco. Now, I am not looking to transform all of my recipes to taste like tacos, but I thought he was on to something with this idea. I asked him what he thought should go into a taco chili and we came up with this. We hope you like it!

Healthy Taco Chili

Course: Main
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Mexican
Keyword: Comfort Food, Easy, kid approved, slow cooker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 415kcal
Tacos meet chili in this quick and easy dinner recipe. We used black beans since they reminded me of refried beans that are often a part of a taco meal. Black beans are high in fibre and protein and are even a source of iron and calcium. Cumin is a spice that originated in Egypt and supports blood sugar regulation, aid digestion and is a source of magnesium and iron. This recipe uses the slow cooker but you can easily simmer it in a pot for about an hour and get a similar flavour.
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  • 2 pounds ground meat turkey, chicken or beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 cans black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 large jar salsa you pick the spiciness
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • Saute onion in frying pan. Next cook ground meat through in frying pan. Add in the minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Now put meat mixture into crock pot. Add in black beans, salsa, chili powder, cumin and sea salt. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. Top chili with guacamole, diced tomatoes and cheese. You can even use this to fill taco shells. Enjoy!


Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 918mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1012IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 6mg