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Chili with Black Beans and Grilled Chicken

Chili with Black Beans and Grilled Chicken


The fourth recipe featured in Cookbook Week* comes from The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes – Second Edition by Judith Finlayson. I don’t have a slow cooker in my house because I always use a Dutch oven but I have an awesome slow cooker in my motor home. There is nothing better than coming home from a long day exploring the beach or mountains to a motor home filled with yummy smells. I have a feeling this cookbook will be going on every camping trip from now on. The cookbook is filled with tons of recipes that are perfect for the slow cooker or slow cooking in your oven. I couldn’t wait to make this recipe I found for chili – it sounded perfect for dinner on the cold, rainy, and dreary day we were having. The chili was really flavorful and the grilled chicken tasted fantastic. I served this chili with sour cream, green onions, cilantro, fresh avocado, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips. My husband, son, and I all LOVED this hearty chili but my daughter said it wasn’t her favorite – can’t win them all.

*Cookbook Week: I was recently sent 5 wonderful cookbooks (food blogger perks) so I decided to do a recipe from each book this week – October 10-14, 2011 – (First recipe), (Second recipe), (Third recipe).

How to Make Chili with Black Beans and Grilled Chicken:


  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 corn tortillas, cut into small bits
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Chili with Black Beans and Grilled Chicken

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, poblano, and bell pepper then cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add the minced garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder, coriander, paprika, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Stir constantly so the veggies get evenly coated with spices and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, black beans, crushed tomatoes, and chicken broth. Stir until mixed well then cover with a lid and place into the oven for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Slow Cooker Instructions: Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.

Remove the Dutch oven from the oven and add the chopped-up corn tortillas (they add great flavor and thicken up the chili). Cook over medium-low heat until the corn tortillas dissolve, about 30-40 minutes.

Heat a little more oil in a grill pan over medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add to the grill pan and cook for 6-7 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking. Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes prior to cutting it into bite-sized chunks. Add to the chili and stir so it’s mixed in evenly.

Other Ingredients:

  • Sour cream
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Avocado, diced
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Tortilla chips

Chili with Black Beans and Grilled Chicken

Serve the chili topped with sour cream, green onion, cilantro, fresh avocado, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips if desired. Enjoy!

Chili with Black Beans and Grilled Chicken


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net


Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson

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  1. What a great concept – adding the chicken to the slow cooked chili. This sounds like it has some wonderful flavor – plus you could easily leave the chicken out and have a nice meatless meal with this, too!

  2. This chili looks delicious! We're featuring a link to your recipe today on our FB page for California Avocados Direct. We're a family farm in So Calif raising avocados and shipping monthly subscriptions and gift boxes. Thank you for this wonderful way to enjoy California Avcoados!

  3. I've never seen chicken in chilli before but why ever not?! I am still sooo in love with Mexican and missing it so much now that I am back in England, it's just so good!

  4. wait…I thought at dutch oven WAS a "slow cooker"! ha!

    I have two slow cookers but they stay in the cabinets. I always use my dutch ovens too.

  5. Crazy! This looks almost exactly like a chicken chili i made a couple weeks ago! But I love that yours is made in the slow cooker-that seems to make it so much better. Looks so delicious too! All my favorite toppings. mmm.

  6. We loved the flavor in this very much. I used rotisserie chicken breast meat and cooked the soup on the stovetop for a few minutes before adding the poultry. Wow, in 20 minutes a pot of complete satisfaction. Although it was near 100 degrees outside, it was nice and cool in the house. Hey, if we eat hot food for dinner, why not this? Will make this again very soon.

  7. I’ve been freezing to death this winter, and chili is my go-to comfort food for Sunday nights. I’ve been trying to find a few favorites, and this one is going to make the list. I love that it calls for black beans (since I really dislike kidney beans). The spice level is perfect, and grilling the chicken adds a certain flavor that you can’t replicate with an oven-baked chicken. I skipped the tortillas and ate them on the side instead, and it was still more than thick enough. I used the oven approach rather than the slow cooker, and it worked perfectly. Really tasty!