Taco Chili

Taco chili is a twist on two of our favorite dinners – tacos and chili. This simple recipe is full of taco flavors!
taco chili recipe in white bowl

Look. It was only a matter of time before I turned a taco into something that you could eat with a spoon, you guys.

I’m taco obsessed. My fried tacos are a favorite. My carnitas tacos are life. I even turned tacos into sliders. My taco pasta is divine. I’m a taco fan.

I’m also a chili fan. Especially this time of year. This chilly weather practically demands chili. And football games? Dude, you better be serving chili to your hungry football fans. It’s the law.

Check out my slow cooker chili while you’re here!

Anyway, it was high time that I married tacos and chili together. This is a really easy recipe, but it does start with a package of dried beans. I know, I know. Some of y’all are a little intimidated by dried beans, but I promise it’s easy and they are SO much better than the canned stuff.

I don’t even soak my beans before using them. Crazy, right? But they turn out perfectly tender and they’re just plain easy to make.

I’m working with Hurst’s Beans this year and I wanted to feature their 15 Bean Soup in this chili recipe. I know that most chili recipes have chili beans in them, but I wanted this chili to be loaded up. It’s got allllll the beans. Plus taco meat and taco toppings, because mama didn’t raise no fool.

I love that the packet of beans comes with a little seasoning packet of ham flavor. I know ham flavoring doesn’t sound like the most traditional taco chili seasoning, but it adds a great smokiness to this soup.

This takes about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish, but most of that is hands off time, so don’t be intimidated. Promise me you’ll go boil up some beans, k?

This taco chili is absolutely loaded with beans and taco meat! I topped it off with tortilla chips, cheese, and sour cream.

Taco Chili

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 184 kcal

Taco chili is perfect for nights when you're craving tacos but need something warm and hearty. 


  • 1 package Hurst's 15 Bean Soup
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 packets taco seasoning
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 10 ounce can enchilada sauce
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Rinse and sort through the dried beans, removing any debris. Add beans to a large stock pot over high heat and pour in the water.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover the pot.
  3. Let cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring every 30 minutes.
  4. When beans are tender, brown the beef until cooked through and drain the fat. Add one packet of taco seasoning to the meat and stir to coat.
  5. Add the meat to the pot of beans, along with the second packet of taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, enchilada sauce, green chiles, onion, garlic, and salt. Add the packet of Ham Flavoring from the bag of beans to the pot. Stir well.
  6. Cover and continue cooking on low for 45 minutes.
  7. Serve with your favorite taco toppings, such as grated cheddar, avocado, sour cream, and tortilla chips.
Nutrition Facts
Taco Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 802mg35%
Potassium 311mg9%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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