southwest chicken chili

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    Southwest Chicken Chili perfect for family gatherings, tailgating or your Super Bowl party!


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    southwest chicken chili

    Do you see me upside down in the spoon? It doesn’t help I was wearing a bright yellow t-shirt, ha!

    We all know the real reason why we hold Superbowl parties. It’s cause it’s the perfect excuse to eat poorly. And by poorly, I mean amazingly.

    This past Superbowl, ya know, the one 2 days ago, I really wanted to host a party because I love cooking and I wanted people to come over and eat with me hang out, have a good time.

    I wish I had a cool story to go along with this chili but I don’t and I’m just going to sound stupider by rambling on so here’s what I have to say: the flavors of this chili are so good. They mesh so well together. I made it 5 hours before everyone was supposed to come over, but only for the sole purpose of having the flavors all bathe together. I think that was the best move I made. Having all the ingredients party together for 5 hours made this chili so delicious. It’s so hearty from all the chicken and beans. Instead of ancho chili powder, I used chipotle chili powder — I honestly didn’t want to run to the store to get yet another spice when I had a whole jar of chipotle chili powder in the pantry. I thought it turned out great with the chipotle chili powder — you’d take a sip of the soup and then all of a sudden, the spice would hit you in the back of your throat. It was a very nice spice. It never really built up to the point that it was too spicy to drink more. It had a good mellow spiced consistency. We have a little bit of leftovers but for the most part, the chili was a huge hit. Thanks Laurie for a great recipe!

    5 from 1 vote

    southwest chicken chili

    perfect for family gatherings, tailgating or your Super Bowl party!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 1 hr
    Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6
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    • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
    • 1 medium green pepper, diced
    • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 tbsp flour
    • 2 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
    • 2 tsp ground cumin
    • 3/4 cup heavy cream or whole milk
    • 4 cups chicken broth
    • 2 tbsp tomato paste
    • 3-4 cups cooked chicken, shredded (I bought a rotisserie chicken)
    • 2 cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 1/2 cups of corn
    • Salt, to taste


    • In a large stockpot, melt butter on medium heat and saute the green pepper, jalapenos, onion, and garlic until soft. Then season with chipotle chili powder and cumin. Sprinkle with flour and stir until flour is all combined then cook for a while longer.
    • Add in 1 cup of the chicken broth and 3/4 cup of cream. Stir all together and bring to a simmer. Then stir in the tomato paste.
    • Add in the beans, chicken, and corn. Stir together and add the rest of the broth. Cover and let simmer for 45 minutes to an hour over medium low heat.
    • When ready to serve, remove the lid and let simmer uncovered for 15 more minutes, seasoning with salt, to taste. If it's not the thick consistency you want, you can add more flour to it (dissolve it in wanter first).
    • Serve with sour cream, green onions, cheese, and/or crushed tortilla chips.


    Source: slightly adapted from Simply Scratch


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  • Kathryn says:

    This looks so delicious and I love spice that really hits you in the back of the throat. Must make this soon!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    This looks like the perfect dinner.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    I get the spoon reflection thing all the time! Granted, I’m never wearing bright yellow though so it’s not as obvious! haha ;) I wish there was a way to edit that out that doesn’t look all busted. I still haven’t found one.
    Chili is always better the next day so that was very smart making it ahead of time and letting it sit.

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    Loooove chili…adding the chipotle was a stellar move. Doing that next time, for sure!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    looks delicious + i love that i can see you + your yellow shirt in the spoon. too cute! =)

  • Bev Weidner says:

    G.I.M.M.E. N.O.W. O.R. E.L.S.E.

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Yummmmm-ee. I’ve been craving some chili all week–I think I need to put this on my “make right now!” list.

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    This looks perfect for a snowy day like today! My bottle of chipotle powder hasn’t gotten much use but I think I need to remedy that.

  • Skye (Skye Loves...) says:

    Looks so delicious. And warming. Perfect for wintertime.

  • Jocelyn says:

    I do want to jump right in:-) This sounds like the perfect cold weather soup!!!

  • Rhonda says:

    I need to make this soon before it gets hot here!

  • Laura Ghilchrist says:

    I would like to make this for today’s family dinner. :) Very useful instruction for me. Keep up sharing delicious food recipe here. I’ll be comeback soon.

  • Michelle says:

    I just saw this on TK and I can’t wait to try it. It sure looks delicious and I’m ALWAYS looking for new chili recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  • Margarita says:

    I just had chili last week and it was awesome. Perfect food for this time of the year! The pictures… yum!

  • Tracey says:

    Chili is such a good winter meal! We’ve never had a version like this, but I think it’d go over really well here (minus the beans) :)

  • jeralyn says:

    What an amazing recipe. I’m sick of chili and tortilla soup…this is a great alternative! Thanks for sharing.

  • YUM!! Looks super delicious. Love your food photography/styling. I just found your blog and I adore it. Looking forward to following along.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you for the sweet comment, Steph! I’m so glad you found my blog :) welcome! I’m looking forward to sharing recipes with you. Happy eating! <3

  • Savannah says:

    I love this…it looks delicious. I am linking it to my soup collection and pinning it on pinterest. Thanks for sharing!

  • torrey says:

    Made this today and my bf and I LOVE it! I love soups and chilis and this was a nice alternative to beef chili. Definitely making again!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    Yay! So glad you liked it Julie! I love that you sub’d the chipotle for ancho… gonna have to try it! Xxo

  • Diane Mcconville 👵 says:

    This is so flavorful! I made it today and will definitely be in my winter soup rotation!

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