Mexican Meal in One Dish Stew – so easy and quick – using either ground chicken or ground beef – easy when cooking with kids

Making a meal in one dish is so appealing – less to clean up and easy to serve too. Using ground chicken in this dish with the spices makes the rather bland taste of ground chicken pop!This is a Mexican flavored chili dish. We do not like spicy stuff but if you do you can replace the chilis below with jalapenos which will up the ‘burn’ factor significantly! I have made this when cooking with kids – and it works well! Of course you need to do the ‘hot’ stuff.


  • 1 cup of chopped white/yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups ground chicken
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans ready-cut diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans or 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (8 3/4 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies, drained ( this is where the spicy among us will insert jalapenos)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch


The kids can do Step 3 and 4 under your supervision

  1. Cook onion and garlic in oil in large saucepan until translucent. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Fry the ground chicken until cooked ( you could use ground beef if you wish).
  3. Add back the onions and garlic and then add the taco seasoning, tomatoes, beans, corn and chilies.
  4. Blend broth and cornstarch until there are no more lumps and add to the mixture
  5. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve with french bread that has been buttered with some garlic salt and placed under the broiler to brown slightly, or cornbread ( you can bake it from a mix or just buy it fresh)

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