Chipotle Chili

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours


8 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Jul. 03, 2023
This thick slow-cooker chipotle chili is special to me because it cooks itself while I’m at work. My family and friends love it. It’s really nice served with corn bread. —Patricia Nieh, Portola Valley, California


  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional toppings: shredded Monterey Jack cheese, reduced-fat sour cream, minced fresh cilantro and lime wedges


  1. In a large bowl, combine beans, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce and garlic. In another bowl, combine beef, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour half of the tomato mixture into a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker; add beef. Top with remaining tomato mixture. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with toppings of your choice.

Can you freeze chipotle chili?

Before adding toppings, cool chili. Freeze chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary. Sprinkle with toppings.

Chipotle Chili Tips

What else can you put in chipotle chili?

This chipotle chili is pretty forgiving, so don't worry if you don't have any black beans on hand. Try using red kidney beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, navy beans or cannellini beans instead. (And if you have more canned beans to use up after you prepare this recipe, put them to use in other recipes using canned beans.) You can also swap out the beef chuck roast with ground beef, ground turkey or Italian sausage.

How can you add more spice to chipotle chili?

If you prefer more heat in your chili, try adding more 1 to 2 additional chipotle peppers and increase the amount of adobo sauce. (Then, if you still have leftover peppers, keep these recipes that use chipotle peppers in adobo in mind for future meals.) Cayenne pepper and hot sauce are also easy ways to take this chipotle chili up a notch or two. However, if your family's taste runs more toward mild flavors, omit the chipotle peppers and adobo sauce and instead, add one 4-oz. can of drained, diced green chilies and 1 teaspoon chili powder.

How do you store chipotle chili?

Let the chipotle chili cool completely. Store covered, in the refrigerator, for 3 to 4 days. If you liked this recipe, be sure to try more of our slow-cooker chili recipes.

Alicia Rooker, RDN, Taste of Home Senior Recipe Editor/Tester

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without optional ingredients): 343 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 772mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 29g protein.