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6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili

6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili is an insanely simple and totally tasty recipe to throw together any night of the week.

A naturally gluten-free, dairy-free recipe.

Oh hey there, easiest recipe ever.

I’m not even kidding, this one is so insanely simple, and still totally tasty.

Plus there’s no chopping involved.

Love that.

This recipe is a true chop-and-drop situation, which makes it perfect for a day when you have a million things going on, but still want to have dinner done and ready when you come home.

6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili is actually part of a little mini-series we’re doing around here this month, all about using a simple jar of salsa in different recipes.

The idea is to create a go-to list of simple recipes for you, so that you put together a capsule pantry of real food ingredients, and then use this pantry to pull together quick meals effortlessly.

At the end of the month we’ll pull together all the salsa recipes in one place, so you’ll have a resource to visit anytime you need a little weeknight meal inspiration.

Plus, each month from here on out we’ll spotlight a new ingredient.

So excited for that!

I hope you’ll make this one soon. If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

Now, let’s make some 6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili!



Recipe & Kid Friendly Adaptations

1 | Use mild salsa to keep this one kid-friendly, or kick it up a notch with a spicy variety.

2 | Add an extra pound of chicken to bulk up the protein for hungry eaters.

3 | Skip the chicken and double the beans for a meat-free option.


This Recipe Is

gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, mayo-free, nut-free, and soy-free


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6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili is an insanely simple and totally tasty recipe to throw together any night of the week.


Scale

Ingredients

1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce

2 (15-oz) cans chili beans, drained and rinsed*

1 (15-oz) jar chunky salsa, divided**

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Optional toppings: sliced avocado, fresh lime juice, sour cream, chopped green onion, chopped cilantro


Instructions

  1. Place the chicken, tomato sauce, beans, half the salsa, cumin, garlic and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low for 6-8, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Remove the chicken, shred with two forks for chop into bite sized pieces, and add back to the slow cooker.
  4. Add the remaining salsa, stirring to combine. Taste and add additional salt if desired. Serve with any toppings you like.

Instant Pot variation:

  1. Place the chicken, tomato sauce, beans, half the salsa, cumin, garlic and salt in a 6-quart pressure cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, then quick release the pressure.
  3. Continue with steps 3 and 4 above.

Notes

*Black beans or pinto beans will also work.

**Look for a good quality, jarred salsa without any added sugar or preservatives. Use mild, medium, or hot, whatever you prefer.

Use mild salsa to keep this one kid-friendly, or kick it up a notch with a spicy variety.

Add an extra pound of chicken to bulk up the protein for hungry eaters.

Skip the chicken and double the beans for a meat-free option.

 

8 comments to " 6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili "

  • Julia Young

    Great recipe! I added a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes to fluff it up a bit, since I added more chicken than recipe called for. May add some bell pepper next time for a bit of color and veggie content.

  • Kaela

    This stew is so good. I added onion and green peppers. I also had to adjust but setting to medium otherwise I get the burn notification, but worth it to fix it for how yummy and simple it is. Any advice to avoid burn notice?

    • Robyn Downs

      Kaela, setting to medium is a great option to avoid the burn notification. Pressure cookers are so different when it comes to the burn sensor (some are way more sensitive than others) so it sounds like you found a good fix!

  • Amy

    Ahhhhhh!!!!! This is BANANAS how delicious and how easy this is. It’s astonishing that something that takes ONE minute to prep can be so tasty! This recipe was so easy and so good that on day eleventybillion of quarantine it feels like the greatest gift of my life! Thank you for this 💕

    • Robyn Downs

      Amy, you win for best comment of the month. So happy to hear this is making your quarantine life just a little easier. Much love coming your way!

  • Stephanie

    Just made this recipe for dinner. My husband said it was the best thing I’ve ever cooked. It was definitely the easiest! So much flavor!

    I followed the recipe exactly and topped with cheese, green onions and cilantro. Served with blue corn chips.

    Love all your recipes!

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