Ree’s deliciously smoky and spicy chipotle chicken chili that will ll no doubt satisfy you. Serve with sour cream, cheddar cheese and torn cilantro leaves.

Because it’s Monday.

And because who doesn’t love The Pioneer Woman?PLUS it’s chili! A Monday’s and it doesn’t get much better than that.

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If you’ve read my about me page you know how this whole blog thing got started. It was a passion for food, cooking from scratch and stumbling upon Ree’s site, The Pioneer Woman. When I found her blog it dawned on me that all the pictures I took while cooking could actually be put onto a website and shared. What?! It was also a relief to know I wasn’t the only person who took pictures while I cooked. Craziness.

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What some of you might not know is that this past year I had the pleasure in meeting Ree at the BlogHer Food conference in Austin. I was a tinsy bit nervous, but after she gave me a hug and we started talking all the nervousness went away and it was like I was talking to an old friend and not a huge blogger/Food Network star. Whatevs. Not many people get the opportunity to hug and thank the person who inspired their passion, so I made the most of it and it will always be one of my favorite moments in life.

 

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Ree’s cookbook was in my mail box when my daughter and I were on our way to the grocery store. I had her open the package while I drove and together we picked a recipe to make. My daughter and I are similar in more ways than one {sorry kiddo but it’s true}. We both love chili and chipotle so Ree’s Chipotle Chicken Chili was it.

beans collage

Start by draining and rinsing a can of black, pinto and kidney beans.

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Then just set those off to the side for a moment.

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Dice up a good-size yellow onion…

chopped garlic

Give four cloves of garlic a good mincing.

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Do the same to three chipotle peppers in adobo… or more if you like it real-real hot.

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Dice up two pounds of chicken breasts. For me it was two good sized chicken breasts… I didn’t weigh them, just a big fat guesstimate.

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Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add in two tablespoons of olive oil.

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Throw in the diced onion…

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…and garlic.

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Cook for a few minutes until the onions are soft, translucent and starting to turn golden.

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Throw in the chicken and spread it out evenly.

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Let the chicken cook for a few minutes to turn slightly golden before turning.

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Pour in 3/4 of the bottle beer. Ree suggests a Mexican beer… I had some Shiner Bock which is from Texas… that’s close enough, right?

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I do have to confess; since we were in the car and quickly adding the things we need for the chili to our already long shopping list, I forgot the diced tomatoes {story of my life}. Luckily I had tomato sauce at home and the chili was still amazing… but next time I’ll try it with the diced tomatoes. Throw in 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes or if you’re like me then a can of tomato sauce.

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Throw in the minced chipotles…

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…the beans…

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Stir to combine it all…

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Then measure in the tablespoon of cumin and chili powder.

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… and two teaspoons of kosher salt.

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Stir, bring to a boil… reduce to a simmer…

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…cover and let simmer for 45 minutes to one hour.

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Once the chili has simmered, pour the remaining beer into a bowl that has the 1/4 cup of masa harina.

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Stir it with a fork until smooth.

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Pour the corn flour and beer mixture into the chili. This is a really cool way to thicken up the chili. Love it.

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Then squeeze in the juice of one lime.

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Stir and serve!

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Definitely with a dollop of sour, sharp cheddah and some cilantro. Maybe some lime wedges, avocados and more hot sauce… if you like it super spicy.

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My family really liked the switch up of using chicken instead of ground beef. I loved that I could literally taste the smokiness of the chipotles, the sweetness from the lime juice and there’s an ever so slight beer taste but that could be from my Texas beer. πŸ™‚

Use a spoon, several tortilla chips or spoon the chipotle chicken chili into potato skins and top with more cheese, bake’em until melty. The potato skins are so happening with the leftovers.

Good Luck and ENJOY!

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Enjoy! And if you give this Chipotle Chicken Chili recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili
Yield: 12 servings

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili

A deliciously smoky and spicy chicken chili that'll no doubt satisfy you.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE CHILI:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 whole yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 bottle Mexican beer (or any beer)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of diced tomatoes (I used tomato sauce)
  • 3 Chipotles in Adobo, minced
  • 1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt (I added two teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup masa harina (corn flour)
  • 1 medium lime, juiced
  • CHILI TOPPINGS:
  • sour cream
  • sharp cheddar Cheese, grated
  • fresh cilantro, torn
  • lime wedges
  • sliced green Onions
  • tortilla chips
  • hot sauce

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, drizzle in the olive oil.
  2. Once hot add in the onions and garlic, cook until the onions are soft, translucent and lightly golden.
  3. Add in the chopped chicken and let that brown for a few minutes. Pour in 3/4 of a bottle of beer, the diced tomatoes {or tomato sauce}, the minced chipotles, black beans, pinto beans and kidney beans. Stir to combine.
  4. Next season with the chili powder, cumin and kosher salt. Stir, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Once the chili is done simmering; combine the 1/4 cup of masa harina {corn flour} with the remaining beer and stir until it makes a smooth paste. Pour the paste mixture into the chili along with the lime juice and let it simmer for 10 minutes to thicken.
  6. Serve in big fat bowls with sharp chedder, sour cream and cilantro!

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