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Chili Night for Chilly Night: Taco Chili Recipe

Updated on October 30, 2012
Home made chili
Home made chili | Source

The Chili Effect

Chili is delicious year-round. It's fantastic during the football season, savory in the strike-zone, scrumptious during a slam dunk, and makes your frankfurters fantastic, hamburgers heavenly, nachos number one and Frito-pie fit for a king.

In addition to a wonderful and zesty take on chili, give your plain tacos a slight twist by adding some spicy salsa, cayenne pepper and chili powder and laying it over a steaming bed of homemade rice. Scoop it all up with tortilla chips or enjoy the medly of flavors in a crispy taco shell, either way, Mexican Haystack will be your new favorite way to feast on tacos.

Ground beef 96% lean with Vidalia onion
Ground beef 96% lean with Vidalia onion | Source


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef, lightly browned
  • 1.5 lb Stew Meat
  • 3/4 Vidalia Onion, chopped
  • 1 can Seasoned
  • 2 Cans Tomato Soup - preferred brand
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Large Can Green Chilis (7 ounces)
  • 1 Large Can Pinto Beans (20 ounces)
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Chili Powder

Vidalia Onion
Vidalia Onion | Source
Chopped onion
Chopped onion | Source

Cook Time For Chili

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Read in: 4 hours 25 minutes

Serves: 6-8 Servings


  1. To make this delicious taco chili, begin by browning lean ground beef with Vidalia onion. Add salt and pepper as preferred for seasoning. Cook ground beef on medium heat being careful not to burn the meat and onion mix.
  2. Place the can of diced tomatoes, both cans of soup along with one can of water, stew meat, pinto beans and green chilis into the crockpot on low heat - set crockpot for 4.5 hours.
  3. Once the ground beef is browned, drain off as much excess liquid and grease as you can. You might want to rinse your meat at this time. Put all of the ground beef into the crockpot mixture and stir well.
  4. MINCE GARLIC: Remove both cloves of garlic completely from shells, chop to very small pieces in a grid pattern. Thin slices will produce a better final product. By using the flat side of your knife blade, mash the tiny pieces of garlic until they are paste-like in appearance. Add to chili and mix thoroughly.
  5. Reset crockpot on low heat for a minimum of 4 hours to allow the stew meat to simmer slowly. Stir occasionally.

Mexican Haystack Products
Mexican Haystack Products | Source
Mexican Haystack is a great alternative to chili
Mexican Haystack is a great alternative to chili | Source

Ulterior Motives for Tacos

Perhaps your family doesn't cherish chili but they can't resist a great taco! For another take on Taco Chili, you can alter your recipe slightly and simply add rice for make Mexican Haystack.


  • Ground beef
  • Green chilis
  • Taco seasoning
  • Cayenne pepper and/or chili powder as preferred to taste
  • Salsa or Picante
  • Vidalia onion
  • Rice (Do not use fast-cook rice)
  • Shredded cheese
  • Tortilla chips, Scoops or taco shells

Before you brown your hamburger or turkey, put your rice in water at a 2:1 rice:water ratio. Bring water to a boil then immediately turn to simmer. Allow to simmer while you prepare your taco meat. Using the same browned ground beef, simply add taco seasoning, green chilis, taco sauce or chunky salsa to taste and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. If you prefer a kick in your Mexican Haystack, add a dash - 1/4 tsp of chili powder and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

In order to make a Haystack, first lay down the rice, next the ground beef mixture, finally your choice of shredded cheese and taco sauce, salsa or Picante sauce. Use Scoops, tortilla chips or taco shells to gather the delicious concoction.

Cook Time for Mexican Haystack

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ready in: 30 Minutes

Serves: 6-8 servings

Mexican Re-"Mex"ed

5 stars from 3 ratings of Taco Chili/Mexican Haystack


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    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      7 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Mhatter, This is my all-time favorite recipe for chili and tacos. If you try it, I hope you love it too. Thank you for reading and commenting. Great to hear from you. -K

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Mmm... Mmm... I'm so there. Thank you

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      7 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      linda, Happy to be of service since I am definitely not the cook on the team :) but these are such yummy recipes. If you try one or both of them, please let me know how you like them! I think I ate nearly this entire batch myself :) Thank you for reading and commenting. -K

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      Linda Chechar 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      These are great recipes that will be a big hit in my household! I can't think of anything better on a blustery winter night than a steaming bowl of chili. In fact, my husband and I were just thinking we needed to come up with a new chili recipe. Thanks so much for the helping us out! :)

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      7 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Garlic should be put on everything. In fact, grocery stores should sell it as a combo pack - garlic and Doublemint gum. There have actually been times when I put enough garlic in my meal that I could smell it at the mailbox...perfectly seasoned, I think :) Great to have your input billybuc. Thank you for being here.

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      7 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      teaches, I love chili in the autumn months. It's so nice to have some chili with warm biscuits and butter. Highly nutritious and fat free of course! Meals like this are worth the calories. If we added your wonderful pumpkin whoopie pies it would be the perfect meal! Thank you for reading and commenting. Love your input. -K

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I saw garlic and I saw peppers....immediately it became a great recipe. Love chili, the perfect cold weather meal.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      You have my votes up on this one. The chilly fall weather has hit even Florida today and this recipe looks like a winner for tonight's meal.


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