Tex Mex Ranch Chicken Chili

Tex Mex Ranch Chicken Chili healthy crock pot

Ah winter, you strike again! We were gifted a warm (44 degree) day on Saturday. I couldn’t help but smile and think of chirping birds and sundresses as I watched the snow melt away. Spring was finally in sight!

But then,  Octorara Orphie (our local Groundhog representative) peaked his head up from the frozen ground on Sunday morning and declared six more weeks of winter. Today, we woke up to another snow day. As I type this our yard is once again being blanketed by a fresh layer 5-8 inches of snow and I’m snowed in once again.

snow day pa

Like the majority of America, I am sick of snow. Sick of being cold. Sick of winter. Yet, I’m trying to make the most of being snowed in and have been cooking a lot and falling in love with my kitchen appliances…

I’m having a serious love affair with my crock pot this winter. I’ve been trying out countless chili recipes – you can’t beat the healthy, warm, and filling combination of beans and vegetables while bundled up on the couch.

After trying all sorts of ingredients I have finally fine tuned a favorite – Tex Mex Ranch Chicken Chili.This low in fat and extremely filling meal is perfect to make on Sunday nights, leaving lots of leftovers for lunches. Be sure to add or substitute your favorite vegetables.

Tex Mex Ranch Chicken Chili

healthy tex mex ranch chicken chli


  • 3 Cups grilled chicken breasts
  • 1 Can Chili beans
  • 1 Can pinto beans
  • 1 Can  black beans
  • 1 Can corn
  • 1 diced zucchini
  • 1 diced yellow squash
  • 1 Package mild taco seasoning
  • 1 Package ranch dressing seasoning
  • 1 Can tomato paste


  1. Cook the chicken breast and shred into small pieces. Place in the crock pot.
  2. Cut up zucchini and yellow squash and place in the crock pot.
  3. Place all beans, corn, and tomato paste into the crock pot with all their juices! (do not drain!!)
  4. Mix in the taco seasoning and the ranch dressing seasoning.
  5. Stir all of the ingredients together and cook on low for 3.5 hours
  6. Serve warm with your favorite toppings! (I like a little shredded cheese, sour cream, and avocado!)

healthy chicken chili

Stay warm and chant with me “spring is around the corner, spring is around the corner!”

xoxo Katie


  • That looks so amazing! I totally agree, winter crock pot recipes are the best 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      The ranch makes it SO good! I probably would have been eating canned soup and PB and J this winter if not for my crock pot!

  • OMG this looks amazing. Ranch and zucchini are two things I absolutely love. Why have I not thought to try them in chili before?! So trying this soon.

    • kwalshmac

      It’s so good that it’s hard to not want to eat all of it at once! I love chili because it’s so easy to add in tons of veggies like zucchini. Hope you like it!!

  • So perfect for cold weather!

    • kwalshmac

      You can’t beat the ease of a slow cooker!

  • Rachel G

    That’s totally my favorite type of meal to eat when it’s really chilly out!

    • kwalshmac

      I love how chili makes you feel instantly full and all warm inside!

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