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You only need 10 minutes to prepare this Slow Cooker Chicken Chili, which simmers in the Crock Pot all day for a convenient and easy weeknight dinner! 

Slow cooker chicken chili in a blue bowl

Does your family love Mexican food as much as mine does? We never make our meals too spicy, so even the two-year-old adores quesadillas, tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. That’s why I know that it’s a safe bet when I combine the same familiar flavors in a new or unexpected way…like in this Chicken Chili!

This Slow Cooker Chicken Chili is a flavorful, cozy meal that appeals to both children and adults. It works well as a family dinner, but it’s also a nice option for a casual party or a get-together with friends.

Just leave the slow cooker on your countertop, set the toppings, chips, and salsa out on the side, and let your guests build their own bowls. It’s fun, it can be made in advance, and it allows you to focus on your loved ones (and your mile-long “to do” list)!

Chicken Chili in a bowl with a spoon at the side

How To Make Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

A simple slow cooker recipe is SUCH a lifesaver on busy days, right? Just stir together some raw ingredients and let the Crock Pot do the rest of the work!

Really, that’s it! I keep the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours so I can get on with my day while our dinner simmers away and is ready when we need it.

Just before serving I dice or shred the chicken so everybody gets lots of chicken in their bowl. Serve and add your favorite toppings, here are some suggestions.

An overhead shot of ingredients in a Slow Cooker to make Chicken Chili

Topping Ideas

  • Avocado
  • Green Onions
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Sour Cream

This particular chili recipe is especially convenient for working moms or for those parents who are out of the house for most of the day. Since it has a long cooking time (8 hours+), you can prep your dinner in the morning and come home in the evening to a meal that’s ready to eat. Just chop or shred the chicken, garnish with your favorite toppings, and serve!

A close up of Chicken Chili in a blue bowl

Can You Freeze This Chicken Chili?

Yes, you can freeze this chili in two ways.

To Freeze Before Cooking

Combine all ingredients in a large zip-top freezer bag. Freeze for up to three months. When ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Empty ingredients into slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Just before serving, dice or shred the chicken. Garnish with optional toppings and serve.

Freeze After Cooking

Once cooled freeze this chili in suitable containers, thaw, and heat until piping hot right through for about 15 minutes.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
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Total: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 (1-cup servings)
Calories 255 kcal
A super easy and delicious chicken chili that takes only 10 minutes to prep and simmers away all day to make weeknight dinners effortless!


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (you can also use breasts if you prefer)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen corn
  • 4 teaspoons garlic
  • 1 cup mild enchilada sauce
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Optional Toppings: shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, sliced green onion, sour cream


  • Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Just before serving, dice or shred the chicken. Garnish with optional toppings and serve.


  • Combine all ingredients in a large zip-top freezer bag. Freeze for up to three months. When ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Empty ingredients into slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Just before serving, dice or shred the chicken. Garnish with optional toppings and serve.


This convenient chili recipe is a great prep-ahead freezer meal option. 
Serve the chili with tortilla chips and salsa, or with cornbread.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 26gFat: 4gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 1003mgPotassium: 839mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1490IUVitamin C: 28.5mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 3mg
Keyword: Chicken Chili, Enchilada Chili, slow cooker chili
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Author: Blair Lonergan


Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    My husband and I LOVE Mexican food! As in we could (and sometimes do) eat it weekly. This chili sounds perfect for us! Love how easy it is to make, too. Pinning this one!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Gayle! We definitely eat Mexican food at least once a week in some form too! I hope that you have a chance to try it!

  2. Rachel @ Bakerita says:

    Slow cooker recipes are the best and this chili looks like a definite winner! I could eat chili all the time 🙂

    1. Blair says:

      Thank you, Rachel! Me too! 🙂

  3. Ami@NaiveCookCooks says:

    We are big Mexican food eaters and so just the sound of it is making me hungry!! Looks so good!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks so much, Ami!

  4. ricksbarngrill says:

    I must be missing something as I don’t see the recipe or a link to it….? Hard to tell with all these popup adds blocking stuff.

  5. Lindsay Cotter says:

    I bet the house smells amazing while this is cooking! Looks so delicious!

    1. Blair says:

      Totally! Thank you, friend!

  6. Kristy from Southern In Law says:

    This soup looks absolutely delicious! We’re supposed to have a cold night tonight and tomorrow so I may have to make this for dinner tomorrow for something different!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Kristy! It’s so cozy and full of flavor! 🙂

  7. Bam says:

    Blair great minds think alike. We just made chicken enchiladas and your have made a chicken enchilada chili. Oh this is a must have recipe and especially a great one for Halloween and dealing with all the trick or treaters, You need something quick and easy with low fuss. Sharing, of course!

    1. Blair says:

      Oooh, I could go for some chicken enchiladas right about now, too! That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing, Bam!

  8. Emily says:

    5 stars
    I Love chicken chili, this looks so delicious and I’m so happy I can make this in the slow cooker!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Emily!