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Slow Cooker Beef and Tater Taco Chili

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Alright, alright, alright! The Slow Cooker Beef and Tater Taco Chili creation that I’ve got for ya today is not bad. In fact, we think it’s really, really pretty darn good. It might even be a recipe that Barney would have probably described as “Legen… wait for it…… dary!” I hope you got that reference. But if you didn’t it’s okay, we can probably still be friends. Extra credit for everyone who knows what it is, okay?

So let’s talk. Y’all know about my Cowboy’s Meal, right? Well if you don’t, please make that too – it’s a family favorite. In a nutshell, this Slow Cooker Beef and Tater Taco Chili is Cowboy’s Meal on crack and in chili form. And We love it. And, We’ve eaten it every single day for two weeks now, and I’m making it again tomorrow. Because since the weather has turned chilly, we’re not sure if we can live without it! Am I being a little extreme? Yeah, maybe. Either way, you’re gonna love this one, folks.

It’s got beans, potatoes, ground beef, corn, rotel, and a crazy-delicious mix of spices that’ll put a taco seasoning packet to shame. So don’t get a taco packet, because I promise it just doesn’t taste as good! (By the way… yesssss you can swap out the ground beef for ground turkey. But Eric’s on his “I want red meat” war path again. So until he calms down I’m doing a lot more with beef.) The best part about this recipe is that it takes just a few minutes of prep, which includes browning up the ground beef and using the can opener. Pretty easy, right? Anyone can make this, and everyone can enjoy it!

Like I said, we’ve been eating this on and off for a couple weeks now because it’s so easy to prepare, and it’s just so darn good! Last month was a little too crazy for comfort – I found myself grabbing the slow cooker and throwing stuff in it on the daily. So honestly, this recipe was created because I was feelin’ tired and lazy, and we just needed to not eat Taco Bell.

Story time. Eric is a Chili Elitist. He has serious issues when I call something chili and it’s not a classic chili… so when I told him the name of this soup, he got pretty defensive. We ended up in a pretty serious debate about what chili should be. Long story short- he ended up on the couch that night. HA! Just kidding… not. Yes I am.

For real though, what do you guys think? For a recipe to officially be called chili, must it be limited to a set of basic ingredients such as beans, tomatoes, and beef… or can we just live in the now, and cook what we want how we want? I guess that’s a debate for another day.

Now let’s get in the kitchen!

Start off by browning a pound of ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Add a pinch or two of kosher salt, and some freshly cracked pepper. Drain off any grease after it’s finished up cooking.

Now just throw a bunch of stuff into your Slow Cooker. It really doesn’t matter in which order you do this, but I start off with the can of tomater sauce, the ground beef, three cups of refrigerated or frozen hash browns, a can’a black beans, a can’a refried beans, a can’a rotel, and two cups frozen corn.

Then add the best part- the spices. That’s really what chili is all about, right? You’ll add 1.5 teaspoons of onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 2.5 teaspoons of cumin, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, and 1.5 teaspoons of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt.

Then you’re gonna add two cups of beef broth, preferably low sodium if ya got it on hand.

Stir it all up really good, pop the cover on, and let it sit for about 8 hours on low, or 4-5 hours on high.

Then just Salt & Pepper it to taste before serving!

In true soup and/or chili fashion, I love toppings. I need texture, and I pretty much always need cheese. I kept these toppings pretty simple – I just grabbed some tortilla strips you can find these in the grocery store near the croutons), a few pinches of cheese, and just a smidge of cilantro.

And there you have it friends – it’s delicious, healthy, easy, and perfect.


With love from my kitchen to yours,


4.88 from 32 votes

Slow Cooker Beef and Tater Taco Chili

A delicious and easy slow cooker chili full of black beans, refried beans, tomatoes, corn, ground beef, and potatoes with a Tex-Mex taste. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Yield: 8
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish


  • 1 lb lean ground beef, raw 93% lean, 7% fat
  • 3 cups shredded or diced hash browns frozen or refrigerated, i use simply hash browns
  • 1 15 oz can non fat refried beans
  • 1 15 oz can black beans drained, but not rinsed
  • 2 cups corn frozen, canned, or fresh
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 11 oz can rotel mild
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1.5 tsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt 1 tsp kosher salt will work as well
  • 2.5 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • a pinch or two of red pepper flakes or hot sauce optional, depending on spice preference
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a skillet over medium heat, sprinkle salt and pepper on ground beef and cook until no longer pink.
    Place ground beef and all of the ingredients above into slow cooker. Stir together until combined well and cook on low for about 7-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Salt & Pepper to taste. Top with cheese, tortilla strips, fresh cilantro, jalapeños, or whatever sounds good! Enjoy. 


Serving size: 1.5 cups
Calories: 353. Total fat: 4.7g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Carbohydrates: 34.5g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 18g
WeightWatchers Points: 4 Points

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  1. How did you get three points on this?
    16 ounces of raw ground beef at 93% is 15 pts, the beef broth is 1 point, and the Simply potatoes are 12. That comes to 3.5 and WW rounds up. Do you not add broth? I only ask because I don’t always put all recipes in the builder but I noticed someone else’s comment. Thanks!

  2. Hi Star! I’m looking forward to making this recipe over the weekend. I was just wondering, have you tried making it in the Instant Pot yet? And, if so, how long did you cook it for? Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Megan! I’m so sorry while I am working on converting a lot of my recipes for the instant pot I have not yet gotten to this one! If you want my best guess (keep in mind I am still getting the feel for the instant pot) I’d have to say use the sauté mode for the beef, add all ingredients, and then pressure cook for ten minutes, let it naturally release for 15 minutes and then quick release the rest. Let me know if you give this a try, please! Hope you enjoy.

      1. I made this in the instant pot last night and it was amazing! I went off of other instant pot chili recipes and cooked it for 20 minutes on the beans/chili setting and it turned out great!

  3. 5 stars
    I made the chili tonight and it was amazing. Kid and husband approved. Thank you for creating all your wonderful recipes for us to enjoy.

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed, Leslie!! thank you so much for letting me know and stopping by to comment and rate the recipe. I appreciate it!

    2. 5 stars
      This is delish! Made just as the directions stated but on the stove top. Next time I will be prepared and let it cook all day in the slow cooker. Love that there is plenty leftovers for lunch and another meal! Thank you so much!!!

  4. 4 stars
    Hi! I just made this the other day and it was delicious. But mine came out very liquidy. More like a soup than a chili. Should I lessen the amount of broth next time? Thanks so much!


  5. Im confused, 16 oz of 93% ground beef divided by 8 servings is 3 points alone. So how are you coming up with the points. I feel like im doing something wrong with the recipe builder

    1. Hi Kristin, I just double checked my notes because I do make mistakes from time to time, but it’s all correct on my end. Check if you input raw ground beef because it will make a difference in the recipe builder. Points make a difference in the recipe builder with things like meat (raw/cooked) potatoes (raw/cooked) and pasta (dry/cooked) I’m sure there’s a few other things as well, but off the top of my head it can make a difference in points if not entered properly.

      1. As your walking is through the steps it says 4 cups of beef broth but in the ingredient list it says 2

      2. Hi Lindsey! I apologize. I thought I had fixed that typo a while ago. I just fixed it for sure now. It’s actually two cups! I hope you enjoy!

  6. Does anyone know if I drain the black beans? In the pic they look drained so that’s what I’m going do. Can’t wait yum!

    1. Hi Kelly, I actually didn’t drain the black beans, but you sure can! I don’t think it’ll make too much of a difference. I hope you love it! let me know how it goes!

  7. 5 stars
    OMG this was EASY and so amazing! Prepped it the night before and the morning before running out the door dropped it in and boom done! Husband and I both just loved it and had plenty for leftovers!

  8. Do you think I can just put another kind of bean in there to replace the refried beans? They really bother my stomach for some reason…. I’m thinking to add a can of small red beans
    Thanks for all you do!

    1. Hi Kim, you can totally add an extra can of beans of whatever kind doesn’t bother your stomach. I use the refried beans as a thickener as well so if you can try to mash up one of the cans of beans you use just a bit with a potato masher. I hope that makes sense and I hope you enjoy!

  9. 4 stars
    Will this freeze and reheat well? Trying to make some healthy, filling meals for my sis who just had a baby. Thanks!

  10. This sounds incredible, thank you! I always get so excited when I see your email in my box . Thank you for all you do for us!

    1. Hi Heather!! Oh, I’m so happy you’re enjoying the emails. I’m trying to get better about sending them, I PROMISE! I hope you enjoy this chili! Let me know how it goes

    1. In the notes section of each printable recipe I always provide the ww info & calorie info. This chili is 3 points! I hope you enjoy!

      1. 5 stars
        This is the best chili. Going to make another batch and freeze it..was wondering if u used turkey would the points change

      2. I assume if you use 99% fat free turkey, you could eliminate all the ground beef points.

      3. For sure! I’m not a huge fan of 99% fat free ground turkey, but do use 93/7 a lot. I don’t have the info handy for the points, but I’m guessing it would probably be 1 or 2 points using it.

      4. I’m so happy you loved it, Marlene! Thanks for stopping by to give it a 5 star rating!! What a compliment. The turkey would work just fine in place of the ground beef and the points would come down a bit.

  11. Thoughts on making it vegetarian? Thinking omit beef and double up on black beans, with veggie broth – should still be yummy, right?!?

      1. 5 stars
        Made this yesterday, vegetarian style, and it was delicious! The house smelled so good all day, definitely recommend. Even my meat-eating hubby loved it done vegetarian. Very hearty, was the perfect comfort food for a snowy day here in the Midwest!

    1. I haven’t actually made it on the stove yet because it’s a slow cooker recipe, but i’d say probably heat everything up together for 25 minutes maybe let the flavors mingle together for a bit. With chili, I’ve always been in the “the longer the better” camp.

      1. I ended up doing it in my Instant Pot. Sautéed meat in high until browned. Added everything to the pot then cooked on chili setting on high for 30 mins. Worked great!

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