Slow Cooker Black Bean Taco Chili

Hearty slow cooker back bean chicken taco chili. Perfect cold weather comfort food!

Hearty slow cooker black bean taco chili recipe from @bakedbyrachel

What is it about the Target dollar section that is so appealing? It’s not super amazing stuff. Just cutesy, random things that we’re suddenly convinced we need. MUST have that tiny bottle of goo-gone because there might be a random sticky spot at some unknown time in the future. Of course, by then the bottle will probably go missing, stored in some odd location after reorganizing. That never happened, seriously, it’s just something I imagine is likely.

But then, there are the things like those cute metal mailboxes that I had every intention of making into adorable Valentine mailboxes for the kids… years ago. I’m not even kidding. They’ve been in a bag, in the basement, for years. I figured they’d be cute. I could be crafty and fun and leave little notes and surprises for the kids. Uhhh that hasn’t happened, obviously. Fail.

And today, it got me. However, I went in with a goal in mind, which is basically never the case. I hoped to find things for the upcoming school vacation week, crafty doodads and such to entertain the kids while we’re still snowed in and looking for inexpensive things to occupy us. $1 paint sets – score! Spiderman, Frozen, etc. That’ll last for all of 30 minutes, but that’ll be $3 well spent…. unlike those mailboxes.

Hearty slow cooker black bean taco chili recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Here’s a super easy and flavorful, must make dinner! It’s like your favorite homemade taco turned into a hearty chili recipe. Shredded chicken, veggies and beans, seasoned to perfection and topped off with cheese – it’s delicious! A perfect cold weather crowd pleasing dish… made even easier in the slow cooker!

The slow cooker is absolutely my favorite Winter-time appliance. If you’re not using one, you must! It’s a game changer.

Be sure to add this hearty slow cooker black bean taco chili to your dinner plans!

Hearty slow cooker black bean taco chili recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Slow Cooker Black Bean Taco Chili

Hearty slow cooker back bean chicken taco chili. Perfect cold weather comfort food!


  • 1 1/2lb chicken breast, trimmed of fat
  • 15oz corn, drained
  • 15oz black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 15oz petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1C yellow onion, chopped
  • 1C green bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 - 3C chicken broth
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Tortilla chips
  • Sour cream


  1. To the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker, add raw chicken breasts, beans, vegetables, spices and chicken broth. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8. Remove chicken breasts to shred, then return to slow cooker.
  2. Serve with shredded cheese, tortilla chips and optional sour cream.

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22 Responses to “Slow Cooker Black Bean Taco Chili”

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    Miki — February 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

    This is the first thing I saw this morning! Gorgeous!

    • Rachel — February 19th, 2015 @ 11:28 am

      Thanks Miki!

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    Sandy @ RE — February 19, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Love this, Rachel. SO healthy and hearty!

    • Rachel — February 19th, 2015 @ 11:29 am

      Thanks Sandy! :)

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Between the dollar spot and their target cartwheel app that store convinces me to buy all kinds of things I didn’t know I needed. However I do legit need this chili.

    • Rachel — February 19th, 2015 @ 3:53 pm

      I haven’t caved with that app yet. I’m trying to resist because I’m sure it won’t help me save, just spend more.

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    True. I think so far it’s helped me save because I try to only buy things I had already had on my shopping list. But there were a few splurges along the way. And some steals! Hot combat boots for $6.75!!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 20, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I avoid Target whenever possible because it is such a danger. I just heard one might move in very close to my house. A very scary thought. This soup looks so warm and comforting. And I love those white bowls. I have a thing for white ceramics.

    • Rachel — February 20th, 2015 @ 7:28 am

      I totally understand how one being closer would be scary!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 20, 2015 at 7:51 am

    The dollar section is totally my life. I can’t count the times I have come come and gone “why did I buy this?” It always makes sense…at the time.
    But this chili? Makes sense ALL THE TIME. Pinned!

    • Rachel — February 20th, 2015 @ 10:18 am

      I feel the exact same way (about both) :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 20, 2015 at 11:19 am

    This looks fantastic!! Love all that cheese on top and perfect for chilly days. I never go through the Target $1 section – stresses me out LOL

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    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — February 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    This chili looks amazing! I love slow cooker meals, especially in the winter. And yes, the dollar section at Target always gets me too, although they’re leaving Canada soon so I guess I won’t have to waste money there anymore!

    • Rachel — February 22nd, 2015 @ 8:05 am

      Thanks so much Stacey! That really stinks about your Target stores!

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    Lorr — February 22, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Chicken breasts go into the crockpot whole? Do they fall apart as they cook?

    • Rachel — February 22nd, 2015 @ 8:04 am

      The one step I left out. Sorry about that! Remove the chicken breasts to shred at the end, then return to the slow cooker before serving.

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    Trinity — February 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Beautiful dish for those chilly days!!! Thank you for your lovely recipes!!

    • Rachel — February 23rd, 2015 @ 7:24 am

      Thanks Trinity!

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    Angela — February 23, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I made this over the weekend and it was very good.

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2015 @ 7:55 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    Brielle @ Breezy Bakes — February 24, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Oh boy! This looks delicious! That chicken looks perfect. Mmm mmm!

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

      Thanks Brielle!

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