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Southwest Chicken Chili

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I got a new recipe from Elaine, the mom mentor in my MOPS small group. I tried it last night. Very good!! It makes a huge pot…filled my 6qt. crockpot. So there is plenty for lunches, another dinner and some in the freezer. I pretty much followed the recipe exactly. Except I didn’t add the cheese at the end. We just put cheese in our individual bowls. I figured it would freeze better without the cheese. It was a little spicier than what we normally eat. I couldn’t find any mild corn and black bean salsa, so I had to get a spicy one. I think next time I’ll just add some corn, black beans and regular mild salsa. And I might skip the green chilis. I served it with some black bean and salsa bread that I had in the freezer. That’s pretty spicy too. Definitely needed a mint after that meal 🙂 I had it in the crockpot for about 12 hours. I say the longer it cooks the better. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Some diced avocado would be really good sprinkled on top.



Southwest Chicken Chili


1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. pepper
48 oz. jar Randle deluxe mixed beans (include juice)
1 jar (24 oz.) corn and black bean salsa
2 (4 oz.) cans diced green chilis
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups chicken, cooked and cubed
2 cups shredded mexican blend cheese


In 6 qt. slowcooker: Place all ingredients except cheese. Stir to combine. Cook on low 7-10 hours or high 3 1/2 – 4 hours. 15 minutes before serving stir in cheese until melted.


Garnish: sour cream and tortilla chips


  1. Sara says:

    This looks really good. I have a few recipes I’ve saved for SW chicken chili and have been wanting to try it sometime. They all seem to be pretty similar, but this is the first one I’ve seen with the corn/black bean salsa. The other recipes I have just have the corn, black beans, and salsa in them like you said you’d probably do next time. And wow, that seems like a huge jar of beans – 48 ounces?! What types of beans are they in the mix?

  2. Mary says:

    i don’t remember all the beans. light red kidney, peas, black eyed peas, pinto…i think there are 7 total. it is a large jar. i didn’t feel like freezing leftovers or anything…that’s why i made the full recipe. but it doesn’t come in another size.

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