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One Pot Easy Black Bean Chicken Chili 

This One Pot Easy Black Bean Chicken Chili is ready in under an hour, easy to make, and very hearty. Loaded with black beans, peppers, tomatoes, corn, onion and shredded chicken this chili recipe is sure to be a family favorite. 

Black Bean Chicken Chili in a soup bowl with cornbread on the side. Shredded chicken, black beans, corn and more can be seen in the chili.

One Pot Easy Black Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

Ingredients for One Pot Easy Black Bean Chicken Chili Recipe 

A twist on traditional chili, this black bean chicken chili, doesn’t require any hard cooking steps or difficult to find ingredients. All of these ingredients will be easy to find at any local grocery store. Making this recipe in one pot saves you time and dishes. For this recipe you will need: 

  • olive oil
  • sweet onion
  • red bell pepper
  • garlic
  • black beans
  • crushed tomatoes
  • corn 
  • chicken breasts- you can also use leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, just add it during the last 10 minutes of cooking for it to heat through.
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • black pepper
  • salt 

See the questions below for ingredient substitutions. Ingredient amounts and full recipe directions can be found in the recipe card below. 

Close up of black bean chicken chili in a bowl. Lots of chicken, black beans, corn, onion, tomatoes and more can be seen in the chili.

How to Make One Pot Easy Black Bean Chicken Chili  

Step One: prep and cook vegetables

To start, place a large pot on the stove and heat over medium heat. Chop onion, peppers and garlic. Heat oil in the large pot and add chopped vegetables. Cook until tender, about 5-8 minutes. 

Step Two: add all remaining ingredients to the pot

Next, add all remaining ingredients: black beans, crushed tomatoes, corn, chicken breasts, chili powder, cumin, black pepper and salt. Stir well.

Step Three: bring to a simmer and let cook

Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat then lower heat and cover pot. Cook for 25-35 minutes or until chicken breasts reach at least 165 degrees. 

Step Four: shred chicken

Remove chicken breasts from the pot and shred chicken with 2 forks or a hand mixer. Return the shredded chicken to the pot and stir to combine.

Step Five: serve as desired

Top with cheese or a dollop of sour cream if desired and serve with cornbread or tortilla chips. 

If you enjoy this chili recipe be sure to try our Three Bean Turkey Chili as well!

Black bean chicken chili in a pot next to a bowl of chili with cornbread on a marble countertop.

Can I make Black Bean Chicken Chili in a Crock Pot?

Yes! Good news… this recipe can easily be made in a slow cooker. Simply add all of the ingredients to the crock pot and stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Once the cooking time is done, remove and shred the chicken breasts and return them to the slow cooker. Give the chili a good stir to combine before serving. 

What other ingredients can I add to this chili?

One of my favorite things about chili is how customizable it is. I recommend making this chili once as written before tinkering with it. If you want to play with it after that try sweet potato, white onion or red onion instead of sweet onion, kidney beans, white beans, tomato paste or hot peppers to make spicy chili. 

How to Store Leftover Black Bean Chicken Chili

Let any leftovers cool completely and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To freeze, store in individual servings and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost frozen chili in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stove or in the microwave. 

close up of black bean chicken chili in a bowl

One Pot Easy Black Bean Chicken Chili

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This One Pot Easy Black Bean Chicken Chili is ready in under an hour, easy to make, and very hearty. Loaded with black beans, peppers, tomatoes, corn, onion and shredded chicken this chili recipe is sure to be a family favorite. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans, undrained
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15 oz can corn, undrained
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place a large pot on the stove and heat over medium heat.
  2. Chop onion, peppers and garlic.
  3. Heat oil in the large pot and add chopped vegetables. Cook until tender, about 5-8 minutes. 
  4. Add all remaining ingredients: black beans, crushed tomatoes, corn, chicken breasts, chili powder, cumin, black pepper and salt. Stir well.
  5. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat then lower heat and cover pot.
  6. Cook for 25-35 minutes or until chicken breasts reach at least 165 degrees. 
  7. Remove chicken breasts from the pot and shred chicken with 2 forks or a hand mixer. Return the shredded chicken to the pot and stir to combine.
  8. Top with cheese or a dollop of sour cream if desired and serve with cornbread or tortilla chips. 

Notes

See post for ingredient substitutions and crock pot instructions!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 1049mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 11gSugar: 10gProtein: 37g

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