Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili

What do you make for a hungry crowd of people before the biggest meal of the year? Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili… obviously!! It’s the perfect one pot wonder that feeds a ton of people. Plus it’s even better for leftovers as the flavors continue to develop!

Chipotle Chicken Chili

It’s one of those recipes that I make once a month during this time of year and keep it stocked in the freezer should I need to quickly get dinner on the table. And it’s 100% what I’m making for the night before Thanksgiving! I’ll pile it high with avocado, because duh, and also cheese because that’s mandatory! You can serve it up with any other toppings of your choice so your guests can jazz it up any way they want it!

Okay now let’s talk specifics about this Chipotle Chicken Chili. You could easily make it with ground beef, but I was feeling the ground chicken. White or dark meat works, but I’m partial to dark meat because it has more flavor. I also add in some chipotle chili peppers and some of the adobo sauce it comes in, to give this chili a nice smoky finish. It gives it a kind of heat that it’s too crazy, but it just leaves your mouth tingling a wee bite and it certainly makes you want more. The amount of chipotles in the recipe isn’t anything crazy, so if you’re super duper into hot stuff, maybe add another chipotle or two. And if you end up adding too much, just mix in some more guacamole or sour cream to tone things down a bit.

There are beans in it too!! The hubby didn’t think that there should be beans in Chili? What? Who is he? Where does he come from? I posed this bean vs no bean question over on Facebook and basically 99% of you guys said chili absolutely positively had to have beans. The 1% that disagreed was Thomas’ brother. And he’s biased. So I’m sticking with all you guys and keeping my beans in chili.

So there ya go! An easy recipe for Chipotle Chicken Chili that is sure to knock your socks off. Trust me. Even Thomas, who once vowed  he’d never like chili with beans, looooooooved it.

Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 lb ground chicken - I use dark meat - but you can use either
  • 2 chipotle chilies, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 16 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (optional0
  • optional toppings
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Scallions, Diced Avocado, Sour Cream, Cilantro or Chives

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy bottom pot, add the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the red and orange bell pepper, poblano pepper and yellow and red onion and saute for 10-12 minutes until the vegetables start to cook down. Add the garlic and chili powder and saute for 1-2 more minutes.
  3. Next, add the ground chicken. Break it up into pieces with a wooden spoon and saute until golden brown.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, add chopped chipotle chili peppers, adobo sauce, crushed tomatoes and chicken stock. Stir to combine and reduce the heat to medium. Add the drained black beans and simmer for 1 hour until the chili thickens.
  5. Once the chili has thickened, you can reduce the heat to low and keep it on the stove until you are ready to serve.
  6. Top with any of the optional toppings and enjoy
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53 thoughts on “Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili

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  2. HANGRY. That is the best thing I have heard in so long! I get majorly Hangry all the time- as do my daughters. My husband does not understand “low-blood sugar” but now I have a technical term to share with him! Chili looks incredible. Go beans!!

  3. I think beans in chili is a MUST. It keeps me fuller, too, and gives the chili more texture and flavor and creaminess. It’s basically a win-win and Thomas & his brother are losing right now haha ;) serve me up a large bowl, please!

  4. I grew up in the midwest where it is not uncommon for people to eat chili with no beans and with some sort of pasta. I’ve had people tell me that this is actually “chili-mac” or “goulash” (but as I understand legit goulash is not really even close to what I’m talking about)…over the years I’ve converted my previously “without-beans-with-pasta” recipe into a hodge podge of about four/five different chili recipes and now it DOES have beans AND pasta :) So I’ll eat chili any way. But I promise, he’s not crazy; people really do eat it like that!

  5. Mmmm. I love chili,and the more beans the better! I’m going to make a huge pot and freeze the leftovers for those times I get home from work late and am too ”hangry” to make something! This will hit the spot.

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  8. I know that lots of people don’t like chili with beans, but I’ll never understand it – they’re my favorite part! This flavor combination looks fantastic. I love the smokiness of chipotle!

  9. Just curious as to how many servings this makes? I’m trying to figure out the nutritional values per serving, and will gladly share once all calculated up!

  10. Just curious as to how many servings this makes? I’m trying to add up the nutritional value and will gladly share once I’ve calculated it up!

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  12. This was a fantastic recipe! I have made it three times and will make again. Also given the recipes to some friends. Thanks, I will be checking out more recipes from your site

  13. I love chicken chili and chipotle (and alliteration – lol)! I wonder, though, about the level of spiciness for my children. How spicy would you say this recipe is?

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  19. We Brits like our chilli with ground beef, red beans and served with rice! However, I am going to give this a go as it sounds awesome!

  20. Oh, and I usually add a handful of dark chocolate chips or a tablespoon of cocoa powder and some cinnamon and cumin. I know the chocolate is authentic don’t know about the cinnamon.

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