Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili

Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili - a delicious meal with only 15 minutes of prep! | healthynibblesandbits.com

Mondays can be rough. Just when I start to settle into weekend relaxation mode with my cups of tea, crossword puzzles, and Murder, She Wrote marathons, Sunday night comes along, and I have to start revving up for work the next day. I’m rarely ready to get the new week going. Because I’m usually less organized on a Monday, I like my evening meals to be something that is nourishing and easy to prepare. That’s why I’ve teamed up with Hunt’s canned tomato products today to bring you this simple and flavorful slow cooker chipotle chicken chili!

Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili - a delicious meal with only 15 minutes of prep! | healthynibblesandbits.com

Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili - a delicious meal with only 15 minutes of prep! | healthynibblesandbits.com

I think a good chili needs to be chunky. That’s why this one is packed with a ton of chicken, beans, and vegetables. For the tomato base in this chili, I used Hunt’s tomato sauce and Hunt’s diced tomatoes. What I like about Hunt’s canned tomato products is that their tomatoes come from California farms and they contain 100% natural tomatoes. They’re made with vine-ripened tomatoes (a non-GMO food), and they have no artificial ingredients and no preservatives added. I also loved the size of the diced tomatoes—perfect for making a chunky chili.

Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili - a delicious meal with only 15 minutes of prep! | healthynibblesandbits.com

The beauty behind this chili is that the prep time takes only 10 minutes! That’s less time than what it takes for me to pick my clothes for work! Throw all the ingredients together, and let the slow cooker do its thing. By the time you get home, your entire house will be filled with the inviting savory aromas of this chili. Let’s dig in!


Using Pumpkin Puree: My initial vision for the recipe was to use pumpkin puree for the chili. I made a test batch with about 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, and I couldn’t taste any of it in the finished dish. That’s why I used sweet potato chunks instead. Sweet potatoes are easy to prepare, and the chunks add a nice natural sweetness to the dish.

Chicken Breasts vs. Thighs: In general, I prefer cooking with chicken thighs because they’re more flavorful than chicken breasts. However, when I’m cooking chicken in the slow cooker, I will use the breasts because the meat stays moist and it soaks up the flavors of all the other ingredients in the slow cooker. Plus, I like to serve slow cooked meat shredded, and chicken breasts are better for that.

Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili - a delicious meal with only 15 minutes of prep! | healthynibblesandbits.com


Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili

  • Author: Lisa Lin
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: gluten free, soup, appetizer


  • 2 cups (475ml) chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 pounds (565g) chicken breasts
  • one 15-ounce can Hunt’s tomato sauce
  • one 14-ounce can Hunt’s diced tomatoes
  • one 15-ounce can black beans
  • one 15-ounce can pinto beans
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 1 medium sweet potato (about 1/2 lb; 225g)
  • 1 cup (150g) fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • chopped cilantro for topping


  1. Open the cans of beans. Drain liquid from the can and give the beans a good rinse. Set aside.
  2. Peel sweet potato and chop into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Place all ingredients (except the lime juice and cilantro) into a slow cooker. Set slow cooker on low and the cooking time to 8 hours.
  4. When you are ready to eat the chili, scoop out the chicken breast. Using a fork, shred the meat. Add the meat back to the chili again and stir.
  5. Serve in bowls and top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice if you like. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hunt’s canned tomato products. Partnerships like this help keep me going in the kitchen and share delicious recipes with you!
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40 thoughts on “Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thank you, Sydney!! I recently tried a version with potatoes instead of sweet potatoes, and the sweet potatoes definitely take the cake!

    1. Lisa Post author

      The sweet potatoes were wonderful, Joanie! I tried another version with potatoes instead, and I definitely preferred the sweet potatoes!

  1. traci | vanilla and bean

    Your last photo, LISA, it’s gorgeous. So cozy and warming. I just want to dive right into that bowl! And that bowl… nothing like a big bowl of chili during the colder months of the year. Love the spices, beans and potatoes. I don’t think chili is chili until it has a big ole’ chipotle pepper and adobo sauce! I’m with ya on Mondays… it’s because the weekend. I don’t want to think about anything I HAVE to do and just do what I WANT to do, ya know! Monday’s are rough! I’m with ya! Hang in there… Friday is just around the corner!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Traci, it’s Monday again, and all I want to do is stay curled up in bed! It’s another gloomy day out here in Sacramento, and all I want to do is curl up and sleep in all day!

    1. Lisa Post author

      I tried this chili with some wild rice over the weekend, and it was wonderful! I’m sure it will taste just as good with some white rice!

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    1. Lisa Lin Post author

      Hi Anne. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I usually squeeze a bit of lime juice when I’m ready to serve the chili. I will edit the recipe to reflect that. Thanks for your question!

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  8. Heidi Herman

    Hi Lisa, can I substitute the 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped with a jalapeno and chili powder ? Please let me know your thoughts. I did make this once and did enjoy it very much. However, I would prefer to substitute. Most chipotle peppers in adobo have soybean product which I can not have. Thank you for your time.

    1. Lisa Lin Post author

      Hi Heidi, I don’t see why not! I think 1 jalapeno and about 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder would be a good combo. Let me know how it goes!

  9. Amy

    Made this yesterday for me and my fussy-eater boyfriend. I forgot to buy corn, though! No matter–he ate two bowls of it, and gave a thumbs-up for it! It really was a delicious dish, and I’m always looking for new and different slow-cooker meals.

    Thanks so much. I’ll be featuring this recipe on my blog soon, and I’ve already subscribed to yours.


    1. Lisa Lin Post author

      Amy, thank you SO much for trying out my recipe and for letting me know how it turned out! I’m so glad that you and your boyfriend enjoyed it! Thanks again!


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