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Chicken Enchilada Chili Recipe

My nephew sent me this recipe and insists that it is excellent. It's cooked in a crock pot, it makes a large amount at one time and the leftovers can be frozen for later meals. My nephew had a bag of **mixed dry beans that he used for this recipe.


1 1/2 cups prepared enchilada sauce
2 14.5 ounce cans tomatoes with seasoning of your choice
2 15 ounce cans pinto or kidney beans with juice (or 1 cup **dry pinto beans which have been soaked overnight)
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, diced (or 1 tablespoon dried minced onion flakes)
1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, legs, or breasts)
Shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream for serving (optional)
1 teaspoon chili powder


A 6-quart crock pot


  • Pour the enchilada sauce and tomatoes into a 6-quart crock pot or slow cooker.
  • Add the beans, celery, onion, and spices,
  • Stir. Then place the chicken pieces on top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, or until the flavors have combined.
  • If you use dry beans, then you may need to cook longer to fully soften the beans.
  • Fish out any chicken bones before serving.
  • Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and a spoonful of sour cream, if desired.
  • You might also serve cornbread or Mexican cornbread with this recipe, or pass a bag of Fritos to munch with the Chicken Enchilada Chili.

    **Raw kidney beans, and to a lesser extent some other beans (such as broad/fava beans), contain the toxin phytohaemagglutinin, which is destroyed by boiling for at least ten minutes, but not by the lower temperatures of a slow cooker, so dry beans must be boiled prior to slow cooking to avoid poisoning. Even a few beans can be toxic, and beans can be as much as five times more toxic if cooked at 175 F (80 C) than if eaten raw, so adequate pre-boiling is vital. Cases of poisoning by slow-cooked beans have been published in the UK; poisoning has occurred in the USA but has not been formally reported.
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