Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

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    I wish spring would hurry up and make its way here! We’re supposed to get between 8-12″ of snow today and with living in the DC-metro area, they’re of course calling this storm the “Snowquester.” Almost a foot of snow is totally not fun at all. I’m praying my power doesn’t go out. I charged everything last night including my battery packs. Haha, I sound like the world is coming to an end. I honestly thought winter was practically over considering we’re into March, but I guess I should’ve learned that that doesn’t really happen until April, and even then, the warmer weather doesn’t happen til May. I just want to be on a beach with my toes in the white sand and turquoise blue water, basking in the sun. Man, that sounds REALLY good right about now.

    Speaking of winter, yesterday morning, I decided to take a look at winter jackets online. I have a floor length down jacket (which people call a sleeping bag, and Jason calls it my Eskimo jacket, but it’s seriously the warmest thing, ever, for walking around in the city) but I don’t wear that all the time – only on work days because let’s face it, going to hang out with friends and wearing a floor length down jacket – not so fun to hang it on the back of a chair or anywhere for that matter. Anyway, I digress. So I have this shorter down jacket that I’ve had since college, which to be honest, I think I’ve had it for 7 years now. I’ve put it through the ringer and it’s now definitely showing the wear and tear. I decided it was time to look for a new one and I specifically made sure to look for one with a hood because I’m a fan of hoods in the winter. Right now is the perfect time to look for winter gear ’cause it’s end of the season for most winter sports so hello sales! I picked up a super cute Patagonia hooded down jacket in a pretty turquoisey color (which so fittingly is named Curacao, sigh, I want to be on an island) for $165! To me, that was a steal. Why? Well, for one, it’s 800 down fill. Which is like super warm and two, on they were selling it for $195 but I got it on this other ski/snowboarding site for $165. Winner!!

    Okay, sorry. I totally just gave an entire schpeal on a winter jacket. I know, I’m silly. I just super excited to get it, but too bad I can’t have it to wear in this impending snow storm ;)

    However, I DO have all the ingredients for this super comforting and hearty crockpot chicken taco chili. I didn’t think this would be nearly as good as it really was. It’s got great flavor and it has so much punch in every bite. You have chicken, beans, corn, and the flavorful broth in every spoonful. I loved having this for leftovers. The flavors just got even better the longer it sat. It was really easy to put together too (such a plus!) and it made A LOT! Oh, and guess what? It’s ass-friendly :)

    Here are the deets (I didn’t calculate this myself so please do not hold me accountable): serving size: 10 oz, calories: 202, WW points: 4

    5 from 2 votes

    Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

    This chili is hearty, super comforting, and packed with flavor!
    Prep Time: 5 mins
    Cook Time: 10 hrs
    Total Time: 10 hrs 5 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 10
    Calories: 198kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1: 16 oz can black beans, drained
    • 1: 16 oz can red kidney beans, drained
    • 1: 16 oz can tomato sauce
    • 10 oz package frozen corn kernels
    • 2: 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes w/green chilies
    • 1 packet taco seasoning
    • 1 tbsp ground cumin
    • 1 tbsp chili powder
    • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts


    • Place all the ingredients into the insert of the slow cooker except the chicken breasts.
    • Stir around with a spatula to make sure everything is mixed and incorporated well. Tuck the chicken breasts in between the mixture and make sure they're covered.
    • Cook on low for 10 hours or cook on high for 6 hours.
    • minutes before serving, remove the chicken breasts from the slow cooker with tongs and place them into a bowl of a stand mixer to shred. Or, alternatively, you may shred them with two forks.
    • After chicken has been shred, add back into the slow cooker, stir, and let cook for another 30 minutes.
    • Serve hot with whatever toppings you prefer. Some suggestions: a dollop of light sour cream, cilantro, shredded cheese, etc.
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


    Source: Skinnytaste
    Nutrition Facts
    Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 198 Calories from Fat 18
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 2g3%
    Carbohydrates 25g8%
    Fiber 7g28%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 23g46%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Little Kitchie says:

    I am SO ready to say goodbye to winter!!! The only thing making it bearable are yummy winter meals like these. I’ve tried this recipe before and it is awesome! Yours looks fabulous!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    The crockpot makes this so easy!

  • marla says:

    This is sure to become a classic family recipe!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    I can’t wait to try this. We’re fans of the slow cooker – and chili!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Ass- friendly…girl, you slay me! I love anything taco-chili and the fact you made this bad boy in a crockpot, we will be friends for life!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I hope this awesome looking chili keeps you warm? That and your new great jacket! So sorry you guys are still deep in the throes of winter- we are finally cracking into Spring in Seattle- THank God!

  • Maria says:

    Perfect for a snow day!~

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    Man I hear ya. I am so sick of this weather. We’re also supposed to get snow today/tomorrow. Last year on my bday it was 60- tomorrow’s gonna be super yucky. :(

    I’m always on the lookout for new crock-pot recipes and this looks so delicious! Bookmarking!

  • My family would be all over this one! Amazing. :)

  • Barbara says:

    This uses things we almost always have in the house. It’s definitely going to be one of my go-to recipes. Thanks!

    PS — The jacket sounds great. I’ve been shlepping around in a lower-calf-length down coat and have been thinking about a down jacket, too. I’ll have to check this one out. :-)

  • Kate says:

    Julie, have you tried adding a bottle of beer to the broth? It does something amazing to tenderize the chicken and add to the flavor. It’s our favorite way to eat chicken taco chili these days!

    • Julie says:

      No, I have not. I felt the extra liquid from the tomato sauce that I added in mine kept the chicken super moist and tender, however, beer sounds wonderful! I’ll give a try next time we make this. Thank you for the suggestion!

  • Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says:

    I love this recipe! It’s something I can “forget” about plus it’s healthy. What more can a girl want?!

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

    Oh my gawd, Julie! I just want to dive right into those bowls!!! Good luck with all the snow. love!

  • Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    It looks so comforting! I think I need to try this recipe this week, while it’s still cold outside.

  • Gaby says:

    omg this looks like exactly what I want to eat for dinner tonight. Such a fun recipe!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Comfort in a bowl!

  • Anne @The Cooking Campaign says:

    This looks soo good! I don’t eat beef, so I’m always on the look out for Chili with chicken or turkey. Thanks!

  • naomi says:

    Crockpot cooking- yes, please!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    At least you can wear your super cute jacket next winter, right? Or this means you need a snow bunny vacation!! :)

    Yum chili!

  • Tracey says:

    We are trying really hard to start incorporating more healthy meals into our dinner rotation and this one looks like a winner! The snow is heading my way after it hits you so this will be great comfort food too.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Minus all of the tomato-y stuff, I totally want this ;) As for jackets, omg there’s this girl I use to know that had one of those long down jackets and I thought jeez it looks funny but on the most frigid days I really wish I had one.

  • Julia says:

    We got a lot of snow too in Chicago…boo! This crockpot chili looks delicious. I would love a big bowl of this to warm me up!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Love chili nights! This one looks just perfect!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Hope things start warming up for you guys! This chili looks so good! I love the idea of adding taco seasoning!

  • Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry says:

    Please send some snow to Seattle. Rain is great and all but I would love a snow day. This chili screams cozy pj’s and reruns of Downton Abbey.

  • katie says:

    I love making my crockpot cook dinner for me all day long while I’m hard at work! Hang in their friend… spring will be here before we know it!

  • Kate W says:

    Ok, first of all this looks delicious! I make a smiilar one that my husband calls chicken taco soup, and we love it! Second, I was in Chicago a couple weeks ago when it was bitter cold and I can honestly say that my normally warm wool coat was not cutting it! As I looked around I was the only one not wearing a “puffy” coat! Even my mother in law had one! A friend even offered to let me borrow one while I was there! I must go check out the end of season sales, but it’s so hard to buy a coat when I want to be buying sandals and shorts!

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

    Mmm…this looks soo warm and comforting! Perfect for a snow storm.

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    This looks amazing! I’m pretty sure this would get me back on speaking terms with my slow cooker.

  • Michelle says:

    Looks amazing!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    I totally need this chili cooking in my crockpot soon. Such a great spin on chili, and I love all these flavors. :)

  • Megan says:

    Is it a must to use a frozen bag of corn or can I use cans I have in my pantry?

    • Julie says:

      You can use your cans, but drain them first :)

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says:

    Nothing better than a warm crock pot meal!

  • Megan says:

    Cooked this up yesterday; first time making any sort of chili, however doesn’t seem as “liquidy” as I feel it should. Any way to fix that? Suppose to be taking it to a party of 50 people tomorrow and want to impress but nervous.

    • Lynda says:

      We love a good, thick chili, but try adding a little chicken stock, perhaps 1/2 cup and use frozen chicken. The chicken will thaw and release some of its own juices too. Loved this recipe, but live in AZ so added some jalapeno right to the recipe. Took it to a potluck (in May ) and everyone asked for the recipe – and I mean literally everyone. I recommend making your favorite cornbread recipe and ladle the chili right over the top. Yum!

  • Marguerite says:

    Put chicken in a stand mixer?? And then what? Turn it on and it will shred the chicken?

  • Debra Nelson says:

    Great balance of flavors. It could be spicer. What would you suggest without loosing anything overall? Jalapeños?

    • Julie says:

      That, or you could use cayenne pepper. I always find cayenne adds that kick for me in every dish! Start with 1 tsp. and go up from there if it’s not hot enough.

  • Ashley says:

    This was delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  • Rachel H. says:

    I use chicken tenders when I make this dish. They cook so much faster and my family doesn’t have to wait as long to eat. :)

  • Laki says:

    Sounds so good! Can’t wait to make this!

  • Tara says:

    Hi – Do you thaw the chicken breast first or add them frozen?

    • Julie says:

      I usually thaw mine first.

  • Pam says:

    I was so excited when your website popped up when I searched for “crockpot recipes for two.” Then bummed because your recipes aren’t scaled for two people/servings. I’ve created a work-around however. First I rewrite the recipe to serve 4. Half goes into the pot; the other half goes into a large, empty sour cream tub and put in the freezer for use on a busy day. The frozen block can then be put into the crockpot and an additional hour added to the cooking time.

    • Julie says:

      Don’t be bummed :) the site wasn’t intended for just ‘for two’ servings (I know the name is conflicting but it is explained in the FAQs section) HOWEVER, a bunch of my recent recipes are all for two and my cookbook, Dinner for Two, is all entrees for two and there are a bunch of slow cooker recipes in there. Anyway, glad you were able to rewrite this recipe to suit your needs!

  • Molly says:

    Made this today and OMG I CAN’T STOP EATING. My new fave crockpot recipe!

  • Nanabridge says:

    Love this recipe. It’s become a favorite. So easy to put together. The ads on your site are overwhelming. Have to be pretty determined to actually get to the recipe.

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