Skinny Taco Chili (Crock-pot or Stove-top)

taco chili
This is a fabulous, fiber-rich chili. In fact, each cup contains 9 grams of fiber! It’s so versatile too. Serve in individual bowls and let everyone top their own, stuff a baked potato or top a salad. Each cup has 230 calories, 2 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  I love to freeze in individual servings for several quick, weekday meals.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours on low heat or 5 hours on high heat

Ingredients for Chili:

1 pound extra lean ground beef or 99% fat-free ground turkey breast

1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes or 2 (14.5-oz) cans diced tomatoes

1 (15-oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce

1½ cups onion, chopped

1 cup frozen corn, defrosted

1 packet taco seasoning (1-ounce), I like Lawry’s Taco Seasonings or use your favorite

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon chili powder

Ingredients for Topping, Optional:

Tomatoes, chopped

Reduced-fat cheese, shredded

Corn tortillas,  cut into pieces (look for gluten-free)

Onions or scallions, chopped


1. For Crock-pot: Brown ground beef or turkey in a large nonstick pan. Drain any fat.
Add browned meat to crock-pot. Mix in tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, onions, corn, taco seasonings, cumin and chili. Cover and cook on low for 9 hours or on high for 5 hours.

2. For Stove-top: Brown ground beef or turkey in a large nonstick pan. Drain any fat. Return meat to pan. Place onions in a microwave-safe bowl and cook in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes, until soft. Add cooked onions to the pan of meat. Stir in remaining chili ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 25 minutes.

3. This chili freezes great. Serve with optional toppings on the side and let everyone customize their own bowl, if desired.

Makes 8 cups total (each serving 1 cup)


Shopping Tip
Looking to buy a crock-pot? Here’s one of my favorites: 
Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
(made with 99% fat-free ground turkey)
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 6 (made with extra lean ground beef)
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
6 (made with 99% fat-free ground turkey or extra lean ground beef)

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup made with 99% fat-free ground turkey
230 calories, 2g fat, 0g sat.fat, 35g chol, 23g protein, 36g carbs, 9g fiber, 856mg sodium, 5g sugar
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup made with extra lean ground beef
245 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 30g chol, 21g protein, 36g carbs, 9g fiber, 856g sodium, 5g sugar