Crock Pot Southwest Chicken Chili

This will warm you to the bone and please your taste buds with a great
southwest flavor all with under 300 calories per serving. Just follow
these easy step by step photo instructions.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 3 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 green or red peppers diced
  • 1 onion large yellow or white
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 42 oz beans 28 cannelloni 14 black
  • 10 oz RoTel
  • 14 oz chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

Optional thickening

  • 1/4 cup mesa flour Or corn starch
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Trim and cube (about 3/4 inch) 3 skinless boneless chicken breast. (about 2 to 2 1/2 lbs).
  • Cut your veggies and prep garlic (crushed or minced)
  • Add all the ingredients except the optional mesa and water. Please rinse and drain beans before adding.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours, until temperature of chicken is 165.
  • Thickening Option: You can combine 1/4 cup mesa flour and 1/2 cup of water. I used a Tupperware gravy mixer, but a bowl and whisk would do. Mix your masa mixture in well and cook until thickened, about 15 more minutes.


Pro Tips

  1. This uses a full-size crock pot. It is just a touch too big for a 3 1/2 qt. You can change around some of the ingredients to get it to fit in a smaller crock pot but remember not to fill more than 75%.
  2. You can use chicken thighs.
  3. The beans can be varied to your taste.
  4. A serving size is about 1 1/2 cup.
  5. Masa flour and corn starch are about the same, just a different texture and thickening is optional
  6. Most crockpot recipes way overcook chicken and most recipes like this will be for 8 hours on low., way overcooked. I have 3-4 hours on low suggested but also an endpoint of 165 as the real endpoint.
  7. Crock pots vary a lot, and the time for you could be as little as 2 hours.
  8. Serving size is about 1 1/2 cup.
  9. This is about a 4/10 heat level with the Rotel and jalapeno. If you don't that, cut the jalapeno and if you want used drained diced tomatoes instead.
  10. Good refrigerated for 3-4 days and frozen for 3-4 months.
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Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 467mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 377IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3mg