Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Chili

Loaded with flavor, this easy slow cooker Mexican chicken chili recipe tastes just like your favorite burrito.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Chili Recipe from

The deep freeze of winter has set in. It’s a whopping 20 degrees at the bus stop most mornings and that’s not counting wind chill. I’m not about to stand outside in that cold even for 5 minutes, especially with two younger children that don’t technically need to be out there, except for the fact that they can’t be trusted in the house by themselves even for a short time. If you have toddlers and preschoolers… you know what I’m talking about. So we wait in the car for the bus. All bundled up because even the car is cold. Growing up we didn’t have that luxury. I don’t remember it ever being this cold though. Maybe kids don’t feel the cold as much because they’re often running around at the bus stop, bouncing up and down, kicking the snow or just being generally silly.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Chili Recipe from

Of course the bus stop chill has nothing to do with this recipe, but the cold absolutely does. Because what’s better in the winter chill than a warm dish of chili or soup? It’s a comforting dish you can easily throw together. Let the slow cooker do the work. The best part is the smells wafting around the house while it cooks… so if you’re home when you make this, fair warning that it’ll be a tad on the torturous side but it’s worth it in the end.

I made this specifically to enjoy for lunches. I doubt it’ll last long though as it’s pretty hard to resist. On the first day there’s always a healthy portion enjoyed by even the kids. The Mr proclaimed that this tastes just like a burrito. So if you’re a fan of burritos, you’ll love this chili. This isn’t spicy like a lot of my soup and chili recipes are but if you’re a fan of heat, kick up the notch with the chili powder and you’ll be good to go.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Chili

Loaded with flavor, this easy slow cooker chili recipe tastes just like your favorite burrito.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker
Servings: 8



  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes drained
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed well
  • 15 oz can great northern white beans drained and rinsed well
  • 7 oz can whole corn drained
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 C chicken stock

Optional toppings:

  • Shredded cheese
  • Avocado
  • Sour Cream
  • Tortilla strips
  • Jalapeño slices


  • Trim and cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Add raw chicken and remaining chili ingredients to the bowl of your slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8.
  • Divide among bowls. Serve with optional toppings. Store remaining chili in the refrigerator for up to several days or freeze for up to several months.


Recipe serves roughly 6-8.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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16 Responses to “Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Chili”

  1. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 9, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I love that you don’t have to cook the chicken first. This looks incredible.

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

    It is so cold here too! Anxiously awaiting a mid winter warm up but in the meantime I would love to warm up with a bowl of this soup, yum!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I was waiting for a killer chili recipe after that cornbread the other day. This looks amazing, love anything with mexican flavors!

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    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — January 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Super easy recipe!! I thought it had potatoes in it when I first saw the photo on Facebook… so now I would probably have to throw a potato in there just cuz. :) Looks great!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    This recipe has my name written all over it! I have a special place in my heart for chili and Mexican flavors. I seriously want to shove my face in it! Hopefully that will warm me up:)

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    Tracey — January 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Your kids are definitely lucky! I remember freezing at the bus stop, I would have loved to wait in the car where it was at least a tad warmer :) The chili looks awesome, I’ll have to make it for myself for lunches since Shane would turn his nose up at the beans…

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — January 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I am sitting here freezing in my chair right now thinking about this chili. I really want this now :) I have to admit, Im sort of already wishing summer was here. Im over being cold now. But Ill warm myself up for now with a bowl of this! So yummy!

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    a farmer in the dell — January 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I love everything about this chili! It’s cold and gray here so this sounds perfect! Going to try that cornbread too!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — January 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    This would be perfect for me for lunch. I’m always up for a good chili that is super easy.

  10. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I love me some CHILI and slow-cooker style chili is the best! yours looks super hearty and that cornbread from yesterday would be perfection in here!

  11. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 10, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Oh yum, this looks perfect for the cold weather!! And if it tastes like burritos, my husband will be all over it :)

  12. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — January 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I’m kind of wishing it was cold enough for chili after seeing this!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Whoa! This looks perfect for the cold, and it is cold here in Ca…I just spotted that amazing cornbread too..what a combination!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — January 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I haven’t made chili this winter. What is wrong with me?
    As well, never made chili with chicken. I have to give this a try since I am working crazy hours for Jan and I need some simple, healthy, good meals. noms

  15. #
    BusyWorkingMama — January 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Yummy! Just printed this off to try this weekend!

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      Rachel — January 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! :)

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