Chicken chili is one of my favorite comfort foods. Using my crockpot ups the game making it one of the easiest busy weeknight meals. Any recipe that allows me to make dinner anywhere from 7am to Noon and have people eating starting at 4pm and continuing on into the night is a win in my book. Here is how we start our Crockpot Chicken Chili.
First you need a crockpot
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Now for the Starter
As a mom, I always look for ways to bulk up the nutrition of my recipes, while still preparing food my kiddos will eat. With chili, my kids love more soup and less beans. Of course, the beans are where most of the nutrition lies. To make us both happy, I take one can of beans and puree them into my crushed tomatoes and that is the base for my chili. This quick trick gives the chili a thick and creamy consistency while amping up the vitamins, minerals and fiber. And no one even knows. (Unless, they start reading my blog and then my secret is out!)
Simple Second Steps
Once the starter is prepared, dump the remaining beans, tomato, paste, water, and spices into the pot and stir to combine. Then add the corn and stir again. If you are pressed for time, stop right here, set the crockpot and go. The chili is equally delicious with or without the meat.
Add In the Extra Protein
The final ingredient into the crockpot is ground chicken. First, it is necessary to brown the meat on the stove top and then add into crockpot. Use any ground meat you like. We alternate between chicken, turkey, venison, hamburger, and sausage. I have even been known to add sausage and chicken/turkey, which gives it a very nice variation of flavor.
Set It and Forget It
Set the crockpot on LOW heat for 4 hours. At the end of 4 hours you are ready to serve. The chili will stay perfectly warm and delicious on WARM for hours. Perfect for a party or a night where the family is busy and everyone is not eating together.
Crockpot Chicken Chili will make an excellent addition to your dinner rotation. Serve with any number of toppings, cheese and sour cream are the winners in my house, and add rolls or cornbread to finish things off. Happy Cooking!