A couple of years ago I made a batch of southwest chicken chili while my in-laws were visiting, completely forgetting that my mother-in-law has the spice tolerance of a newborn baby. The poor woman literally has a hard time eating ketchup. Well anyway, she choked down some of the chili and looked like she was mid-heart attack all the while. I felt so bad because it was really spicy. She was being a good sport as usual, but I’m sure she was sick for days after that. I still feel awful for almost killing her that evening.
Since that time, I’ve played around with my recipe and gotten it to a point where it packs a little punch, but is tolerable for those who don’t love heat as much as I do (take, for example, my husband, who is a total wuss. (sidenote: let’s see if he actually reads this blog.)). So, if you’re looking for an easy alternative to your regular chili recipe, you might want to give this one a try. It’s great to throw in the slow cooker in the morning and look forward to all day.
The ingredients are as follows:
- 16 oz. can of black beans
- 16 oz. can of kidney beans
- 16 oz. can of tomato sauce
- 10 oz. can of corn
- 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes with chilies (I used a mild variety – you could choose a spicier version if you like)
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 package of taco seasoning
- 1/4 tablespoon of cumin
- 1/2 tablespoon of chili powder
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- GARNISHES: sour cream, tortilla chips, cheese, etc.
All you have to do to put this together is as follows:
- Put your beans, tomato sauce, corn, tomatoes, onion, taco seasoning, cumin and chili powder into the slow cooker. Stir.
- Place your chicken breasts on top of this mixture.
- Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.
- Shred your chicken 45 minutes prior to serving. Mix the shredded chicken in with the rest of the ingredients and cook for the remainder of time.
Do you have a favorite chili recipe? I’m looking for a great traditional recipe, and if you wouldn’t mind sharing, I would appreciate it!