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Chicken & Bean Chili

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.


10 servings (2-3/4 quarts)

Chili Time is any time you want to make a hungry crowd happy. This creamy chili is a must at my soup party every year. —Theresa Baehr, Williamsburg, Michigan
Chicken & Bean Chili Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1-2/3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup beer or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 317 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 1073mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 9g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • gremaux
    Aug 15, 2019

    Best chili I have made

  • maball
    Apr 3, 2016

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  • lmmanda
    Apr 8, 2015

    Absolutely delicious! I did make a couple of changes, I omitted the additional salt since I used regular chicken broth and added a cilantro cube, I also did not use turmeric cuz I didn't have it. Lastly, I added an additional teaspoon of chipotle chili pepper.

  • mother of 3
    Mar 24, 2015

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  • i_like_pie
    Mar 2, 2015

    Loved it! We added avocado on top just because we like it.

  • mjlouk
    Dec 2, 2014

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  • ahmom
    Oct 27, 2014

    Pretty good.

  • toolbarsco
    Oct 12, 2014

    I was a little skeptical about some of the spices but wow this chili is good. The only ingredient I substituted was diced tomatoes with chilies. This might be my new go-to chili recipe!

  • havingfunwithmyfamily
    Sep 30, 2014

    Delicious chili! At first, because of the amount of ingredients, I was a little hesitant to make it. But, I'm glad I did. The chili is quick, easy, and flavorful!

  • momoflandl
    Sep 10, 2014

    This is delicious and it definitely made me think fall. I will certainly make this again. I had cheese, sour cream and Fritos to serve it with but it was excellent on it's own and didn't need anything added to it. I think I prefer it to traditional chili.