Taco seasoning flavors this easy ground beef and bean chili. Flavor and color make this chili a winning dish! The chili is perfect for game day parties, tailgating, potluck dinners -- you name it!
Browned ground beef and canned beans make it convenient and budget-friendly, and the combination of corn, tomatoes, and taco seasoning mean fabulous flavor.
Crushed tortilla chips make a crunchy, delicious topping for servings, or make your own fried tortilla strips with corn tortillas. See the tips and variations for directions.
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 envelope (1 1/4 ounces) taco seasoning mix
- 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chiles (Ro-tel)
- 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1 can (15 ounces) chili beans in sauce
- 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
- 1 cup shredded cheese, cheddar, mozzarella, or a Mexican or taco blend of cheeses
- 1 bag of tortilla chips (slightly crushed)
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and chopped onion. Cook, stirring and breaking the ground beef up into smaller chunks until the meat is no longer pink.
- Transfer the ground beef and onions to a 3 1/2 to 5-quart crockpot.
- Stir in the dry taco seasoning mix, diced tomatoes and tomatoes with green chilies, pinto beans, chili beans in chili sauce, and corn.
- Cover the pot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
- Sprinkle each serving with some cheese and tortilla chips or strips.
Tips and Variations
- Add extra flavor with green or red bell peppers or mild chile peppers.
- 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes would add a bit more heat to the dish.
- Replace the pinto beans with canned kidney beans (drained, rinsed).
- Replace the ground beef with ground turkey, or use part ground pork or sausage.