Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili

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What do you make for a hungry crowd of people before game day? 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!

Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

It’s one of those recipes that I make once a month then keep it stocked in the freezer should I need to quickly get dinner on the table. And it’s 100% what I’m making as part of my game day menu this coming weekend! 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!

Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

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 HAS 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

5 from 8 votes
An easy recipe for Chipotle Chicken Chili that is sure to knock your socks off. Pile it high with avocado, because duh, and also cheese because that’s mandatory!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Soup, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Southwestern
Servings 6 -8 people

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 pound ground chicken dark meat preferred
  • 1-2 chipotle chilies (use 1 if you don't want too much spice) 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

Toppings

  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese Scallions, Diced Avocado, Sour Cream, Cilantro or Chives

Instructions
 

  • In a large heavy bottom pot, add the olive oil over medium high heat.
  • Add the red and orange bell pepper, poblano pepper and yellow and red onion and sauté for 10-12 minutes until the vegetables start to cook down. Add the garlic and chili powder and sauté for 1-2 more minutes.
  • Next, add the ground chicken. Break it up into pieces with a wooden spoon and sauté until golden brown.
  • 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 20 minutes until the chili thickens.
  • Once the chili has thickened, you can reduce the heat to low and keep it on the stove until you are ready to serve.
  • Top with any of the optional toppings and enjoy.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

108 Comments

  1. This recipe looks delicious and I will try it with beans – but, your husband was right……..real chili does not have beans . But folks should add them if it suits them.

    I have really enjoyed a lot of your recipes and it’s especially great when you make suggestions for dishes to go with the main dish. So glad I found you!

  2. How spicy are the poblano peppers and chipotle peppers? I’m making this for two little children and want to make sure it’s not to hot for them. Thanks!

  3. Any recommendations for making this meatless? I think I saw something on Insta about adding quinoa? Would you just add it dry when it starts to simmer?

  4. I made this tonight and it is delicious! Simple and easy, but such good flavor. I’ve made more chili recipes than I can count and this one is a winner!

  5. Could this be done in slow cooker with boneless breasts? I do apologize if you have addressed this question previously.

  6. Hi! I made this recipe with slightly less chili powder and chipotle since kids will be eating and its for company and its still has too much heat.. any tips on how to lessen it when we are at the end stage? I was thinking of maybe adding some beer or stock but not sure if that will do much… Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    My favorite chili ever!! I made a batch on Sunday to have throughout this week of social distancing/shelter-in-place but it was wiped out by my husband. I would have been mad but who could blame him?!

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious and healthy. Family approved! Easy to make, healthy ingredients and the kids ate it! Therefore, 5 stars!

  9. 5 stars
    The only change I made was using cubed chicken breasts and thighs instead of ground chicken because I didn’t have any on hand. Followed the recipe in every other aspect and it was delicious. I will definitely be making this again!

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