Mexican-Inspired Chili


Flip on your slow cooker to make this Mexican chili recipe for your next tailgate or potluck.

Mexican-Inspired Chili in bowls

BHG/Crystal Hughes

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 25 mins

With the perfect balance of beef, beans, chili seasoning, and peppers, this Mexican chili is the perfect way to add more spice to your day.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 3 14.5 ounce can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, undrained, cut up

  • 2 15.5 ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste

  • 1 4 ounce can diced green chile peppers

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

  • ½ cup dairy sour cream

  • Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)


  1. In a large skillet cook ground beef until brown. Drain off fat.

    ground beef cooking in a skillet

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  2. Meanwhile, in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker combine undrained tomatoes, drained beans, celery, onion, the water, tomato paste, undrained chile peppers, garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Stir in cooked ground beef.

    beans and ground beef in a crockpot

    BHG/Crystal Hughes

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. If desired, garnish with cilantro. Makes: 8 to 10 main-dish servings

    chili in a slow cooker

    BHG/Crystal Hughes

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

340 Calories
13g Fat
34g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 695mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Protein 25g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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