Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Chili

Let’s hear it for the crock pot (or slow cooker)! It’s my saving grace! I love coming home and having everything already done for me. Dane and Kramer love crock pot meals, too. They’re always hearty and satisfying and comforting. This is a shredded taco chicken chili that I found on Gina’s Weight Watchers Recipes (it’s my new favorite blog – everything on there is simple, low-carb/low-calorie, and freakin’ delicious). I was going to eat this with rice, but then I saw that we were out of it, so we ate it with tortilla chips, some sour cream, and shredded cheese. The recipe calls for a package of taco mix, but I made my own to keep the sodium down and it turned out really well. Shredded chicken makes for the best chili, I would say, so you should definitely give this a try! Recipe after the jump.

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Chili
Rinse your beans and pat them dry.

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Chili
Spray your crock pot well with Pam (or use a crock pot liner if you’re not out of them like I am) and add your beans, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Chili
Now make your taco seasoning! You can also just buy a taco seasoning package at the store.

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Chili
Mix up all of the spices and add them to the crock pot.

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Chili
Stir everything up.

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Chili
Place your chicken breasts over the tomato mixture.

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Chili
Turn the crock pot on low for 8-10 hours and go about your day!

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Chili
When it’s ready, shred the chicken with two forks and serve with some low-fat sour cream and cheddar cheese over rice or with tortilla chips (or even on its own!).

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Chili
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Serves: 6
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 16-oz can no-salt-added black beans
  • 1 16-oz can no-salt-added kidney beans
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 6 teaspoons chili powder
  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • 4½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • low-fat sour cream (optional)
  • cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Rice, tortilla chips, tortillas (for serving)
  1. Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, tomato sauce, chili powder, paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper (if you don't have these spices, you can just buy a package of taco seasoning) in a slow cooker.
  2. Place chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.
  3. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in.
  4. Top with fresh cilantro, low-fat sour cream, and cheese. Serve over rice, with tortilla chips, or eat by itself! Serves 6.


35 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    This looks wonderful! I have been wanting to use my Crock Pot more often, and I’ve been trying to make healthier recipes, too. This is perfect. I am defintely going to try this soon!

  2. WOW that looks incredible – We are big chili fans especially in the winter time!! I will add this to my list of must makes!!

  3. Pearl says:

    does the crockpot ever burn the food on the bottom? i’ve wanted to get a crockpot but have read reviews about how the food stuck to the bottom and burned, which lead to waking up in the middle of night to a burnt smell and cleaning out the crockpot.. hehe

  4. ingrid says:

    Yum, looks good. On Monday I made a white bean chicken chili though on the stove top. It was pretty good; the twins really liked it. This one looks even better. I agree the slow cooker rocks.

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  6. finsmom says:

    Yum! I make a dish similar to this, and it is a huge hit at our house. Gotta love the crock pot! Love the name of your site!

  7. Elyse says:

    I’m so glad you posted this! I was just “gifted” a crock pot and have been looking for delicious recipes! This one definitely fits into the delicious recipes category; can’t wait to try it!

  8. Amie says:

    this is in my slow cooker for tonight! (i snuck a taste at lunch though and it’s soooo good). my husband is going to be so impressed! thanks for another yummy supper :)

  9. culinspiration says:

    This looks great. I hope to try it this weekend. Chili is one of my favorite things to make, and and one of my bf’s fav. things to eat!

  10. gia says:

    Looks delicious! Where is the tomato paste in the recipe?

  11. culinspiration says:

    Just curious, is there a reason you cook the chicken on top of all the other ingredients? I am going to make this later today, and thought maybe it would be nice to poach the chicken in all those delicious sauces, rather than steaming on top.

  12. Emily says:

    This looks delicious! I love the idea of coming home to a cooked meal. Sooo much easier than gearing up to start dinner at 8pm. Thanks for the idea—great blog!

  13. culinarycory says:

    Great post. Looks like your chili has a ton of flavor.

  14. simplyspices says:

    I’m started using my crockpot often. I bookmarked this one. Going to try soon….

  15. icantfindajob says:

    This looks great! Thanks, I now have dinner planned out for tomorrow…

  16. marafaye says:

    I make a really similar recipe and it always comes out so great!

  17. kykok says:

    Yummieeee… thats make me angry.. ups Hungry i mean..

  18. murderburger says:

    Awesome. Just mixed up a batch for tomorrow night. I love my Crock Pot. This is because I am crap at cooking.

  19. culinspiration says:

    I made this, sticking fairly close to the recipe (with the exception of adding some chipotle pepper sauce and fire-roasted red and green pepper. It was not bad for a low-fat recipe, although it was a little watery.
    Since this recipe made so much, I ended up making a delicious meal with the leftovers. I strained off the broth and reduced it down in a saucepan with half a bottle of enchilada sauce. Then I filled whole-grain tortillas with cooked rice and a good amount of chicken chili and cheese and baked them under the sauce. Fantastic!

  20. Gina says:

    This is my most popular recipe! I have a white bean chili on my site too, it’s great!

  21. Kevin says:

    That chili looks tasty!

  22. Kaleena says:

    This is amazing. I made it yesterday and it came out wonderfully. I love your blog with the vivid picture instructions its great. Keep it coming!

  23. Laura says:

    I’ll be making this on Saturday, but will be serving it up with cornbread! Thanks for the recipe.

  24. Rob says:

    This looks really good, and there is some kind of “2 Alarm Chili Fixins” package that already has all the spices in it, which works well if you don’t want to buy whole bottle quantities of all the spices. Or if you’re a fantastically broke man like myself and can’t afford any foodstuffs not going into the stomach that same week. 😛

  25. Just tried this and it was delicious! I expected the breasts to dry out but they didn’t. Because someone had commented on it being a little watery, I used crushed tomatoes instead and it was a teeny bit too thick, but still really good. I think next time I’d go with 1/2 crushed tomatoes, 1/2 diced.

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  30. Patty Backos says:

    No is doesn’t. In fact you can buy crock pot liners and you don’t even have to scrub the inside, just wipe it out.

  31. thecrepesofwrath says:

    mmmm white bean chicken chili? are you going to post it?!

  32. thecrepesofwrath says:

    Pearl: I’ve never had that problem, but I’m always making sure that I spray the pot LIBERALLY with Pam and that I stir what’s in it if I have a chance. I always use these Reynolds Crock Pot Liners (I was just out of them this time) and they’re AMAZING! They keep your crock pot nice and clean and you just lift the bag out of the pot and throw it away!

  33. thecrepesofwrath says:

    Culinspiration: No reason! I bet it would be great the way you’ve suggested.

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