This chili is full of flavor from a few key steps and ingredients: a slow-cooked medley of onions and peppers, cut corn tortillas melted into the broth, a hint of sweet paprika and cinnamon, and fresh-roasted chicken. It's great as a lazy Sunday meal or an easy make-ahead weeknight dinner.
Three Bean Chicken Chili
- Yield: 6-8 servings
- Prep Time: 30 min
- Cooking Time: 40 min
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
- 1 jalapeño pepper, finely diced
- 3 tsp. kosher salt, divided
- 5 large or 7 small garlic cloves, minced
- 3 c. chicken stock
- 1 38 oz. can diced tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
- 5 corn tortillas, cut or torn into pieces
- 1 tbsp. chili powder
- 1.5 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 tsp. granulated sugar
- ¾ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. sweet paprika
- white meat of 1 whole rotisserie chicken, shredded
- 1 14-16 oz. can red kidney beans
- 1 14-16 oz. can black beans
- 1 14-16 oz. can garbanzo beans
- Cook Onion & Peppers: In a large stock pot or dutch oven, warm 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat and add onion, red bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, and 1 tsp. salt. Cook onion and peppers 3-5 minutes until onion turns slightly translucent.
- Add Garlic, Stock, Tomatoes & Seasoning: Add minced garlic to the mixture and cook over medium heat for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the stock, tomatoes, cut tortillas, seasonings (chili powder through paprika), and remaining 2 tsp. kosher salt. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to low and let the ingredients simmer for 20-25 minutes until the tortillas fall-apart and break-down.
- Add Shredded Chicken & Beans: Minutes before serving, add the shredded chicken and beans to the chili and warm through. Top with avocado slices, sour cream, whole-milk yogurt, tortilla chips, or cheese and serve.
- Make-Ahead Tip: Chili is the perfect make-ahead and freeze-for-later meal—particularly, this chili! I say that because it has mostly hearty beans like black beans and garbanzo beans that hold-up well to the freeze and re-heat process. I recommend defrosting it overnight in the refrigerator of for few hours at room temperature vs. in the microwave. Then gently warm it over medium-low heat.