Southwestern Chicken Chili

Christine Whisenhunt


Someone said they were going to make chili today to eat while watching the game and I thought that sounded good, but I didn't have any hamburger. So, I started thinking. I have been wanting to make a chicken chili and see how it came out, so I went for it. OMW!!! This is SO good! And, since I was being lazy, I used canned chicken too! As many peppers and spices as I used, it had heat, but I would have liked it a little spicier. I'll probably add more peppers next time. But, here's what I did today. If you want a nice, hearty, and healthy, bowl of chili on a cold day or while watching the game, give this a try. It's full of flavor and won't disappoint! And, don't let the ingredient list intimidate you, it's not as bad as it looks! Enjoy!


★★★★★ 2 votes

Makes a huge pot full.
30 Min
1 Hr


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2 can(s)
(14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, with juice
2 can(s)
(12.5 oz.) chicken breast (from costco), drained
1 can(s)
(15 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can(s)
(15.25 oz.) corn, drained
1 can(s)
(29 oz.) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can(s)
(15.5 oz.) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can(s)
(15 oz.) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 large
yellow onion, chopped
1 large
poblano pepper, chopped
very large jalapeno peppers, minced
serrano peppers, minced
2 Tbsp
minced garlic, heaping
2 Tbsp
chili powder
2 Tbsp
celery salt
1/2 Tbsp
1/2 Tbsp
1/2 Tbsp
dried mexican oregano
1 tsp
black pepper
1 tsp
chili de arbol
1/2 bunch
cilantro, tops only, chopped
mexican cheese mix
sour cream

How to Make Southwestern Chicken Chili


  • 1Put all ingredients in a large pot and stir well. Cook on medium heat for 45 min. to an hour, or until veggies are tender. Stir 3-4 times during cooking to prevent burning/sticking. Adjust heat if needed. You could also do this in a crockpot. Even better!

    Serve by topping each serving with grated mexican cheese mix and a generous dollop of sour cream.

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About Southwestern Chicken Chili

Course/Dish: Chicken, Chicken Soups, Chili
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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