BBQ Chicken Chili (Slow Cooker or Stovetop)

BBQ Chicken Chili that is sweet, smoky, made on the stove top or crock pot and is so good and easy my mom served it up on Christmas Day!

AKA Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Chili you are going to want every day.

BBQ Chili with tortilla chips on top.

Easy BBQ Chili Recipe

There is nothing as warm and comforting as a big bowl of chili – in any form – whether it’s my Chili Mac and Cheese, Chipotle Mango Chili or White Chicken Chili – all made exponentially more delicious with all the heaping toppings.  And now I’m proud to introduce you to to a new bowl of comfort, BBQ Chicken Chili!

This Slow Cooker BBQ Chili reminds me of Bush’s baked beans in its sweetness and smokiness – which was one of my favorite childhood comfort foods  – but loaded with tender chicken, green chilies, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika and liquid smoke.  Seriously slurpworthilicious. (I hope you don’t mind I like to make up words – sometimes it’s necessary.)

My mom served this chicken chili with beans on Christmas Day part – talk about the perfect stress-free meal!  All you do is add all the ingredients to the slow cooker.  Done.  

I feel like I am beginning to sound like a broken record with all these easy soups and slow cooker meals, but I can’t ever stop becoming giddy over meals that are both delicious and effortless. Like really, it just seems wrong somehow for so much flavor and aroma to emerge with no thought or effort.  But also




It’s like magic.

And then its time for my favorite part – loading your magic beans of Sweet and Smokey BBQ Chicken Chili with cheese – lots and lots of cheese – sour cream, tortilla chips, avocado and even bacon if you like.  Because BBQ and bacon just belong together.  You will like.

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Chicken Chili Recipe – my belated Christmas gift to you that will continue to bring you joy all year round.

overhead view of bowl of chicken chili soup garnished with tortilla strips and shredded cheese

BBQ Chili Ingredients

This easy chicken chili has quite a few ingredients in it, but most of them are spices! Here’s what you’ll need to make this bbq chili:

  • Chicken breasts: I used boneless skinless chicken breasts.
  • Onion: A red or yellow onion can be used here.
  • Garlic: I love garlic, so I used 4 cloves. Add more or less as you see fit.
  • Ketchup: Sounds weird, but trust me on this! It gives this a true bbq flavor.
  • Brown sugar: Just 3 tablespoons adds a little sweetness and balances out the spices in this dish.
  • Yellow mustard: Just a few teaspoons adds a little tang to the chicken chili soup.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Vinegar pairs wonderfully with the smoky-spiciness of this chili.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Adds umami flavor.
  • Beans: I used a mixture of kidney, cannellini, and pinto beans. Don’t drain them!
  • Green chiles: Canned green chiles add flavor and some heat. Use spicier chiles for a hotter chili.
  • Liquid smoke: See my notes below if you’re unfamiliar with this ingredient.
  • Spices: I loaded up this chili with chili powder, smoked paprika, and cumin.
  • Chicken broth: Use low sodium chicken broth so you have control over the amount of salt in this dish.

What is Liquid Smoke?

If you aren’t familiar with liquid smoke, it imparts a wonderfully smoky flavor and really is liquid smoke  It is created by capturing smoke as it rises through a combustion chamber filled with wood chips to a condenser.  In the condenser, the smoke cools and forms a liquid, thus liquid smoke.  (thank you, Wikipedia).  So if you ever want something to taste likes its been barbecued outdoors or smoked for hours, add a little liquid smoke. (Usually found next to the barbecue sauces in the grocery store.)

overhead view of bbq chili in a crockpot insert

How to Make BBQ Chili

When I say this is an easy chicken chili recipe, I mean it! Here’s all you do to make it:

  1. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and add to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir around chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.
  4. When chicken is tender, remove to a cutting board to shred or dice (personal preference) and return to slow cooker. Cook an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Dish into bowls and top with your favorite toppings!

Can I Make BBQ Chicken Chili on the Stovetop?

If you don’t have a slow cooker or don’t have time to wait because you want to eat the chili right now, then you just add the step of browning the chicken for a couple minutes then proceed to add the ingredients to your Dutch Oven/soup pot and simmer away. After 30 minutes, take your chicken out and shred it and add it back to your pot. Also super easy!

a bowl of bbq chili in front of a bowl of chips and a halved avocado

Tips for Making the Best Chicken Chili

  • Homemade chili seasonings. The ingredient list may look like a lot of seasonings, but they take just minutes to throw into the Crockpot Chili and are my perfected spice blend for this quantity of chili.  You will never regret using homemade seasonings!
  • Season to taste. I have included quantities for all of the seasonings except the salt – this will depend on how salty your chicken broth and is as well as personal preference.  I would suggest starting with ¼ teaspoon salt, cook the chili then season to taste with additional salt as needed (I use ½ teaspoon total). Remember, you can add more salt, but you can’t take it away!  
  • Large crockpot.  You will need at least a 6-quart slow cooker so your crockpot chili contents can fit comfortably.
  • Thin chili.  After you’ve given your bbq chili a good stir at the end of cooking and still want it a little thinner, you can thin with additional chicken broth, stirring in ¼ cup increments until it reaches desired consistency.
  • Thick chili.  If you like extra thick chili, you can start with just ½ cup chicken broth or omit it altogether. If you would still like a thicker chili after cooking, then remove the lid of the slow cooker the last hour of cooking to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
bowl of bbq chili garnished with tortilla strips and shredded cheese. A bowl of chips rests in the background

Recipe Variations to Try

I love how versatile chili recipes are!  Here are just a few ways to customize this chicken chili with beans:

  • Swap beans.  Swap out the beans for black beans to make a black bean chili.
  • Add veggies. Add sweet corn or whatever veggies your heart desires such as zucchini, poblanos, mushrooms, etc.
  • Swap protein. Swap out the chicken for ground beef, sausage, etc.
  • Add heat. Up the spice level by adding chipotle chili peppers, jalapeños, or cayenne pepper to taste.


Although this bbq chili is fairly quick to prep, it still requires some chopping and stove time which can be done 100% in advance:

  • You may chop your veggies ahead of time and store them in an airtight container. 
  • You can measure out all the spices and store them in a container until ready to use.
  • You can measure out the various sauces and condiments and store in a container until ready to use.
overhead view of bowl of chicken chili soup garnished with tortilla strips and shredded cheese

How to Store BBQ Chili

Homemade chicken chili soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.  If you don’t think you’re going to finish your chili in four days, then be sure to freeze the leftovers.

Can I Freeze BBQ Chicken Chili?

Crockpot bbq chili freezes exceptionally well because it does not contain any dairy products, pasta or potatoes which sometimes can become a funny texture once frozen. This chili makes a large quantity so you may need to freeze some leftovers (although there are never any in our house).


  • Let chili cool completely.  If you have a full recipe of easy chicken chili, you will want to divide it into multiple containers so it can cool down more quickly, otherwise it will stay at the danger zone for too long.
  • Divide chili into freezer friendly plastic containers or freezer bags. Squeeze out any air.
  • Label and date.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.  Lay freezer bags flat to safe space.
  • Let frozen chili thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

How to Reheat Chicken Chili

Transfer contents into a soup pot, microwave-safe dish or Crockpot to reheat. To reheat in the crockpot, cook on low for 1-2 hours depending on leftover volume.

overhead view of bowl of bbq chicken chili garnished with tortilla strips and shredded cheese


We LOVE our chicken chili with beans recipe with my favorite ever Moist Cornbread and a big green salad. Some people also love their chili over rice or pasta for some added texture.  If you wanted a full spread, chili is also wonderful with:

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Smoky BBQ Chicken Chili (Slow Cooker or Stove Top)

BBQ Chicken Chili that is sweet, smoky, made on the stove top or crock pot and is so good and easy my mom served it up on Christmas Day! AKA Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Chili you are going to want every day.
Servings: 6
Total Time: 6 hrs 5 mins
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs

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  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 16 oz. can can cannellini beans, undrained
  • 1 14 oz. can can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 14 oz. can can pinto beans, undrained
  • 1 4 oz. can can mild diced green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tsp EACH ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 14.5 oz can low sodium chicken broth mixed with 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Hot sauce to taste (reserve until end of cooking)


  • cilantro
  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • bacon
  • Tortilla chips


  • Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and add to the bottom of your slow cooker, Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir around chicken.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. When chicken is tender, remove to a cutting board to shred or dice (personal preference) and return to slow cooker. Cook an additional 20 minutes.
  • Add additional water/chicken broth for a less “chunky” soup if desired.
  • Taste and add hot sauce, salt/pepper to taste.
  • Best garnished with cheese, cilantro, sour cream, chips and bacon!


STOVETOP: Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat in a large Dutch oven/soup pot. Add chicken and brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Add the remaining ingredients, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes or until chicken is tender enough to shred. Shred chicken, return to dutch oven and simmer on low for an additional 30 minutes.

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    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Anna! I hope your hubby loves it!

  1. Melissa says

    How come every time I come to your website, I get the feeling that I need to make your latest recipe, like, RIGHT NOW? I even went to my pantry to see if I had the requisite beans before leaving this comment. Alas, I do not. So I shall have to go to the store. I also have kind of been afraid of liquid smoke, but perhaps I will get a bottle and overcome my fear of carcinogens in a bottle. Ha ha! Just kidding. I’m sure it doesn’t cause cancer, right. This is turning into a bad comment. Sorry. I will stop talking and make this soup.

    • Jen says

      LOL – like literally! Loved your comment 🙂 I assure you it is equally safe as it is delicious. It sounds like we are definitely on the same foodie page. Too bad you don’t live by me or you could be my taste tester 🙂 I hope you love this soup and have a fabulous experience using liquid smoke for the first time – it won’t be your last 🙂

  2. Breanne says

    We tried this tonight as the latest in a long string of your recipes. As usual, we were delighted with the results. Any plans for a cookbook? I love the layers of flavor you create.

    • Jen says

      You made my night Breanne, thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed it as well as the other recipes of mine you have tried – yay! I don’t have immediate plans for a cookbook but inquiries like yours definitely make me consider it – probably way down the line but I am so flattered you would ask :)!

  3. Trish says

    Oops, I drained the beans before putting them in the slow cooker, THEN read the recipe. Do you think this will be an issue?

    • Jen says

      Hi Trish, not an issue at all. I would add 1/3 cup water to make up for the drained water and just add more water at the end of cooking if it seems to thick. Enjoy!

  4. Mark Anderson says

    Great job with the blog! Your recipes have all been delicious, and I have tried several. I especially like your asian dishes. They actually taste like something you could get from a restaurant. SOO good! I am not sure if you take requests, but have you ever cooked gumbo? I love creole/cajun flavors and have been trying to make a good gumbo, but have not found a recipe that is quality. I looked on your recipe archives and didn’t find anything of the sorts.

    Anyways, keep up the good work!

    • Jen says

      Hi Mark, THANK YOU so much for your super kind words about my blog – your comment means so much to me! I love that you love my Asian dishes because they are some of my favorite too! I have not cooked gumbo before but I will definitely add it to “make list” right now! hopefully I can do it justice 🙂 Thanks for following along!!

  5. Therese says

    Having made this chicken chili 3 times now I can say it has replaced all my other chili recipes . LOVE IT!!!! So flavorful!! I included this recipe in our monthly freezer meal parties and it was a big hit!! Several of your crockpot meals have been done as freezer meals with great success! My family has enjoyed several more of your recipes!! I hope there’s a cookbook in your future. I’m so getting it!!!

    • Jen says

      YAY! That is amazing it has replaced all your other chili recipes – wahoo and thank you :)! What a great idea to have monthly freezer parties, I’m sure that is such a huge help throughout the month. Would you mind sharing what crockpot meals of mine you have frozen? I never freeze anything so I would like to have a better idea of what freezes well. Thank you, I really appreciate it. Have a great weekend!

      • Therese says

        Hi Jen! Here are the meals I’ve done as freezer meals. Instead of dumping everything in the crockpot, put all ingredients into a freezer bag.
        Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken
        Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken
        Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken
        Best BBQ pulled pork ( add cherry coke day of to crockpot )
        Sweet and spicy Pineapple Salsa Chicken
        Salsa Verde Chicken Tortilla Soup ( add Stock and Zucchini day of )
        One Pot Pepper Jack Chicken Fajita Rice Soup. ( You let me know how I could do this in a crockpot 🙂 It then became a freezer meal 🙂

        Last night I made your DELICIOUS Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken and Rice bake!!! We Loved it! Next time I’m going to freeze it and then bake it.

        I always look forward to seeing your recipes in my inbox!! 🙂

  6. Megan says

    I’m so excited to make this recipe. Is there a specific type of liquid smoke you recommend? I’ve never cooked with it before and want to make sure I use the best one!

    • Jen says

      Hi Megan, I hope you love this chili! I buy Colgin Mesquite for under $2. It an be found next to the BBQ sauces and I think it works great in this!

  7. Kristin H says

    I wanted you to know how absolutely de-LIC-ious this is! The aroma in my home all day has been amazing, and the flavors were so good together, too. I’m not a huge crockpot fan, since you just never know how long it’s really going to take. I cut my chicken breasts in half, and the chicken was done in about 3 1/2 hours on low. I shredded it and put it in the fridge, so that it wouldn’t keep cooking the meat. Then, half an hour before dinner, I added it back in, and this worked well for me. I recommend all garnishes. So fantastic… thank so much for sharing the recipe!

    • Jen says

      Hi Kristin, I am thrilled this was such a hit, thank you so much! And I am right there with you on the garnishes – takes the soup over the edge of delicious 🙂

  8. Kara says

    Hi! This sounds delicious! I have no doubt that it is….after all, all of your other recipes that we’ve tried have been beyond amazing. Your meals are on our table at least once a week. 🙂 I’m embarrassed to ask this, and I hate to alter your recipe in any way, but I was wondering if you think it will work to omit the beans? I’m sure it will change the flavor and consistency some…do you think I should add more liquid….or maybe some diced tomatoes? Any suggestions are appreciated. 🙂 Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Hi Kara, I love that Carlsbad Cravings makes it onto your table once a week – such a compliment, thank you! As far as omitting the beans – it really is not the same chili without the beans and will be missing a whole lot of texture as they are the main component. You could possibly sub in some cooked brown rice, corn, zucchini, bell peppers etc. instead to add some texture back in – hope that helps!

  9. Nikki says

    I’m cooking for 2, can the leftovers be frozen?

    • Jen says

      Yes, they should freeze great!

  10. Braydn says

    Hi! How big of a crackpot is needed for this recipe? Need to feed double what the recipe says so just need to make sure I have a big enough crock pot. Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Hi Braydn, if you are doubling the recipe, I think a 6 oz. crockpot would work – it might be close but I think it should fit. If its too full before you add the liquid then you could always add what liquid fits and then transfer to a pot to add additional liquid. Hope this helps!

  11. Catherine says

    Sounds great – I think I’ll make it for a chili cook off this weekend. Question- I really dislike ketchup and I’m wondering if I could sub canned tomatoes of some sort – diced, likely? What do you think?

    • Jen says

      Hi Catherine! I don’t think it tastes “ketchupy” in but is more is a component in making it taste like barbecue sauce. You could always leave it out and try the diced tomatoes and add it to taste in the end if its “missing something.” My guess is you will still need a little as part of the BBQ flavor profile. Hope this helps!

      • Catherine says

        Oh that makes sense. Thank you!

  12. Elaine McDowall says

    This recipe was wonderful – i just made 2 recipes of it today for the freezer and served for dinner. This is definitely a new favorite.

    • Jen says

      Hi Elaine, sorry for the delay, I have been swamped with everything Thanksgiving 🙂 but thank you so much for your comment! I am thrilled this is a new favorite and I love that you made it for dinner and a freezer meal – such a great idea for an easy meal!

  13. Kris says

    Do you precook the chicken before putting in the crockpot?

    • Jen says

      No Kris, it will cook with the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy!

  14. M says

    Good! Made mine with some homemade BBQ sauce I already had & added some diced tomatoes, skipped the peppers & the liquid smoke, paprika & pinto beans. I had kidney beans & great northern beans so used those. Love the flavor of this and is something different than the usual 🙂

    • Jen says

      So happy you enjoyed it and you were able to use up some of your homemade BBQ sauce – yum! Love the addition of tomatoes!

  15. Abby says

    Hi there! Your recipes are always so intriguing and I’ve made a few, including this one, that turned out great! Unfortunately, it did not thicken up at all like you’d think a chili would and turned out more like a soup (this is always the case when I cook things in my crockpot–regardless of how much cornstarch I use, when I put it in, or what setting the crockpot is on). Hoping maybe it will thicken up a little bit overnight. For now, a few dashes of hot sauce and some Frito scoops and I’m ready to eat!

    • Jen says

      Hi Abby, I so happy you are enjoying my recipes, thank you! I haven’t had this lack of thickening problem but some crockpots don’t seem to get hot enough to thicken with cornstarch – sorry about that! You could remove some liquid, mix it with 1/4 cup flour and thicken on the stove then stir it into the remaining chili in the crockpot -that should do the trick 🙂

  16. Nikki says

    I found your recipe on Pinterest and made it tonight. My family are big chili fans. I have made more chili recipes than I can count. This recipe blows the rest out of the water. My husband and I both decided it is our number one chili recipe now. I usually put sour cream and cheese on top and I didn’t add anything on top. It didn’t need it. I did eat it with some Fritos scoops 😉 thanks so much for sharing this. Next time I will double the batch and freeze half.

    • Jen says

      So sorry for my delayed response Nikki, I have been super behind with all the holidays but THANK YOU so much for your awesome comment! I am super flattered that this recipe “blows the rest out of the water” and is your number one chili recipe now – wahoo! Thank you so much for making my day! Happy New Year!

  17. Donna says

    I made this tonight, called my son to eat with us and told him we were having chili. When it wasn’t the regular chili we usually have, he accused me of ” baiting and switching”! Two bowls full later of your recipe he is a believer, this recipe is a keeper! Thank you! We all loved it!

    • Jen says

      haha, I’m so glad it turned out to be a good “bait and switch!” Thank you so much Donna, so happy to hear it is a keeper!

  18. Katie R. says

    Hello, do you think you could make this with ground beef instead of chicken?

    • Jen says

      Yes Katie, I think that would be delicious!

  19. Gina Crace says

    what is the calories per serving?

  20. Jen says

    The whole family LOVED this chili! Thanks for the recipe! It’s also pretty healthy depending on the toppings you choose. I did avocado, cilantro, and a couple crumpled tortilla chips. Totally diet friendly! Thx!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome, Jen, so happy it was a hit with the entire family, thank you!! Love all the toppings you added – yum!

  21. Kayla says

    I’ve been dying to make this recipe but don’t have liquid smoke on hand, would it be okay to omit it?

    • Jen says

      Absolutely! Liquid smoke gives it the extra smokey taste but you still get some of that from the smoked paprika and it will still be delicious!

  22. Sabrina B says

    nice recipe! Thank you, like the liquid smoke suggestion too, love all of these ingredients in a chili, looks wonderful!

    • Jen says

      Thank you Sabrina! I think you’ll love it!

  23. Jen P says

    This was so delicious!!! Will replace my favorite veggie chili as my kids actually took seconds of this chili! Great flavor! Each week we have 1-2 recipes from your website and we are never worried to try anything new because it’s always so delicious!

    • Jen says

      Awesome Jen! I’m thrilled it was such a hit with the entire family! I am so honored and flattered that you trust my recipes and I’m so happy you are enjoying them –
      that means so much to me! Thank you!!

  24. Amber says

    This is now a regular in our food rotation! Thanks for sharing! It’s delicious!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Amber! I’m thrilled its a new family favorite! Thank you!

  25. Meghan says

    This was delicious! It sounded like an odd combination, but I had one leftover grilled bbq chicken breast to use up, so we gave it a try on the stovetop. I diced up the bbq chicken and tossed it in at the very end. 5 stars from parents AND picky boys (with plenty of cheese and some cream to hide the spice). I might have to enter this one into the next chili cook off. My husband VERY rarely says to keep a recipe, but he said to make sure and save this one. I’m excited to try other recipes from tour site. Thanks!!

    • Jen says

      Awesome Meghan, I’m thrilled it was a hit with both your husband and son! I hope you enjoy exploring my site and hopefully even win a chili cookoff 🙂

    • Jen says

      Thank you! It tastes just as good as it looks!

  26. Becca says

    BBQ Chicken Chili – My Dinner Rotation needed some new recipes so I went looking. I made this today in my slow cooker. My husband loved it!!!! I substituted ground turkey for the chicken breasts. The only change I would make it a little less brown sugar – other than that – it will stay on my dinner rotation.

    • Jen says

      Hi Becca, I’m so pleased you love it and I love the idea of swapping chicken for turkey – I’m going to try that next time! Thanks so much!

  27. Cathy says

    This was so easy and tasty.
    Will be on our monthly rotation, but will double it to get an extra dinner from it! Thank you for this recipe

    • Jen says

      Sorry for the delay Cathy as I’ve been in Italy for weeks and playing catch up, but thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I’m so happy you loved this chicken chili and it will be a new regular – the ultimate compliment!

  28. Amanda says

    I’ll start with this chili is DELICIOUS!!!
    Quick question… can this be cooked in a pressure cooker? And if so, how long would you cook it for?

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Amanda! Unfortunately I haven’t experimented with it yet in a pressure cooker.

  29. Eva says

    This is the BEST and easiest chili recipe I’ve ever made, and I’ve made quite a few. The flavor of all those ingredients together is amazing. Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Yesssss! Thank you so much for making my day! I’m thrilled you loved this chicken chili so much!

  30. Leslie says

    What type of cheese goes best with this? TIA

    • Jen says

      We like sharp cheddar but Monterrey or Pepper Jack would also be tasty.

  31. Toni says

    made this tonight and my husband loved it! Going to make again and try with beef also!

    • Jen says

      Awesome, I’m so happy it was a hit and what a great idea to try it with beef! Thanks Toni!

  32. Kellie says

    Made this today for supper. Delicious! I left the chicken out of it until near the end. I seasoned it earlier in the day, seared it and then added it to the pot for about 15 minutes to finish cooking, shredded it then. I just find that cooking chicken in a crockpot for hours tends to make it dry no matter what you do to it. Only other change was I sautéed the onion in a little butter first. Will definitely make again..

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Kellie, I’m so pleased it will be on repeat!

  33. Sandra Haught says

    I have made this exactly as recipe and whoa gone, I barely got a bowl! Put in my tried and liked file.
    I am trying tomorrow with some left over pulled pork, hopefully it will be good.
    Question, out of green chilies, would chopped jalapeno work if I did not add much. Plus your thought on using up my pulled pork I don’t want to screw up a perfect recipe.thanks

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Sandra, I’m thrilled it was a huge hit! Yes, I think pulled pork would be very tasty. Green chilies are more tangy than spicy whereas jalapenos are mostly heat, so you can definitely add them, but like you said, don’t add too much if you don’t like heat. I personally love heat so I think they would be awesome!

  34. Sandra Haught says

    Just finished it! Turned out great with pork.
    Like I said the chicken chili I bragged about for 2 weeks.
    So thought what can I do with leftover pulled,shredded, it was good in the chili ofcourse I did not change a thing. Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Awesome! So pleased it was a hit with the pork! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Beth says

    Hey! I made this last week and am craving it again, so have it in my crockpot for tonight. I have had horrible luck with chili recipes but this is a really great and well-rounded one.

    Both times I have made this, I only had chili seasoned pinto beans. I am curious if you mean plain, no chili sauce. You didn’t specify so I’m betting so! I am going to try that next time.

    • Jen says

      Thanks Beth, I love that it’s a new crave-worthy favorite! I use plain pinto beans, but if you like it with chili sauce, go with it!

      • Gina Skipworth says

        I’m thinking about making this for a chili cook-off in my building. Could I substitute stew meat or beef brisket. I know I can, but wanted your opinion on if you think it would be good!? Thx!!!

        • Jen says

          Yes, I think that would be absolutely delicious!

  36. Courtney Armstrong says

    This was DELICIOUS, but the cornstarch didn’t thicken the recipe. I followed the instructions exactly. What did I do wrong?? It was still fantastic as a soup though!!

    • Jen says

      Hi Courtney, I would make sure to turn the crockpot on high if it has been on low once you add the cornstarch. If you would like it thicker, you can also use less broth. Good luck!

  37. Mary Oluver says

    Made this last night, was so good, my husband who is so fussy, surprisingly loved it, only thing I would cut back on the chicken broth next time a bit as we like our chill a little thicker and not like soup but flavor was spot on!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Mary, I’m so pleased you both loved it!

  38. jan says

    I need to rinse all canned beans to reduce their sodium. Should more liquid be added to replace what I rinse off?

    • Jen says

      Hi Jan, I would leave the liquid as is, then add additional liquid at the end of cooking if you would like it thinner. Enjoy!

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