Cooking Time:6 Hours on Low
Ingredients2 lb. ground chicken
3 1/2 T + 2 tsp. chili powder
1 -15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 - 15 oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed
2 - 28 oz. cans diced fire roasted tomatoes (no need to drain)
1 - Sweet potato peeled and chopped into medium sized chunks
1 - 15 oz. can low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 c. Instant tapioca (such as Minute tapioca)
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped (remove seeds if you don't want it too hot)
2 T. low-sodium soy sauce
1 T. salt
1 T. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. beer (optional - use to thin chili if needed)
I love this Slow Cooker Red Chicken Chili recipe for so many reasons. It’s super yummy and healthier than most chicken chili plus all the ingredients can be placed directly in the Crock – no need to brown the meat first! Feel free to tinker with the type of beans you use and amount of chiles (in adobo sauce) to match your taste for spice. Please share comments on what you did to make this chili recipe your own.
- Place the ground chicken in the slow cooker.
- Add 3 1/2 T. of chili powder (set aside the remaining 2 tsp. for later)
- Add remaining ingredients, EXCEPT the beer.
- Mix everything in the Crock.
- Cover and Crock on LOW for 6 hours.
- Stir in the remaining 2 tsp. of chili powder and the beer, if needed.
- Serve in bowls with your favorite toppings like cheese, sour cream, taco chips, green onions, etc.
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Question, how necessary is the tapioca? I’m guessing it’s required for thickening but I don’t have any on hand and I can’t leave the house (waiting on furniture delivery). I’ve been wanting to make this chili all week and my ground chicken is going to spoil if I don’t use it today. Help please!!
Hi Lisa – I haven’t made it without the tapioca. I would go ahead and make it without the tapioca and if it isn’t thick enough you can always dissolve 1-2 tsp. of cornstarch in a few tablespoons of water then add to the chili to help thicken it. I hope this helps!
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I just flat don’t like beans, but I do like the flavor of chili. Would most of the flavor be there without the beans?
Hi Cindy… you need to make all recipes to your liking, but happy to share my Dad’s recipe, and yes it is really my Dad’s… Enjoy! http://www.getcrocked.com/2011/09/28/slow-cooker-dads-famous-no-bean-chili/
Do you have to cook ground turkey before placing in the crock pot?
Ashley you do not have to cook the turkey, but I like to brown my meat, as I believe it adds flavor. Please make this to your liking! Enjoy and Happy Crocking!
Is it really necessary to use beer since my family is non drinkers??
Janet make this recipe your own, as the beer is optional. You can also add water or more broth if needed.
Other than the obvious techniques, are there any other solutions to lowering the sodium content of what appears to be a great recipe?
I notice that you don’t seem to specify crock-pot size in your recipes. Should we assume some “standard” size? And if so, what size?
Thanks for the question Bob! I don’t always specify a slow cooker size, as I want people to make a recipe no matter what size their slow cooker is. In other words it you have a small slow cooker, and there are a lot of ingredients, you can simply halve the recipe. Or if you have a large slow cooker you could double a recipe. The key to any recipe is to have the slow cooker 1/2 to 2/3 full for it to crock properly. 🙂 Happy Crocking!