This is 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.

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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.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili the ingredients

TO Make This Chipotle Chicken Chili You Will Need:

  • olive oil
  • yellow onion
  • garlic
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Mexican beer
  • can of diced tomatoes
  • chipotles in adobo
  • black beans
  • pinto beans
  • kidney beans
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • kosher salt
  • masa harina (corn flour)
  • juice of 1 lime

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.

Since we both love chili and chipotle so Ree’s Chipotle Chicken Chili was it.

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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.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili olive oil

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili onions in

Throw in the diced onion.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili onions and garlic

Along with the minced garlic.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili golden

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

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili chicken in the pot

Throw in the chicken and spread it out evenly.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili browned a little

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

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili beer

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?

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili tomato sauce

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.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili chipotles

Throw in the minced chipotles.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili beans in

and the beans.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili stir

Stir to combine it all…

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili chili powder and cumin

Then measure in 1 tablespoon of both cumin and chili powder.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili kosher salt

Season with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili stir some more

Stir, bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili simmer for 45

Cover and let simmer for 45 minutes to one hour.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili pour beer

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

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili mix

Stir it with a fork until smooth.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili pour in masa harina

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


Then squeeze in the juice of one lime.

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili chili

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.

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. 🙂

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How To Freeze Chili And Reheat Later:
  • COOL: make sure the chili is completely cool before freezing. Never place hot or very warm items in the freezer (or fridge!) as it can thaw and negatively affect the nearby food.
  • PORTION: when cool, divide chili into portions. Whether it’s a single serving, two or four, portion the cooled chili into either freezer safe bags or air-tight containers. I prefer using freezer safe bags and removing as much air as possible, this helps with storing.
  • FLATTEN: once portioned, lay flat on a rimmed baking sheet and freeze for a few hours. Like in this post.
  • STORE: stack the flat frozen chili portions vertically or horizontally saving so much freezer space. Store chili in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • REHEAT: I prefer to thaw frozen chili overnight in the fridge. However you can soak in a sink of lukewarm water for 20 to 30 minutes – flip every so often and change out the water at least once or twice. You can also defrost in the microwave until thawed. Lastly, add thawed chili to saucepan or dutch oven and heat until thoroughly heated throughout.
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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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Yield: 12 servings

Ree's Chipotle Chicken Chili

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



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 12 ounces Mexican beer, or any beer
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 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


  • In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, drizzle in the olive oil.
  • Once hot add in the onions and garlic, cook until the onions are soft, translucent and lightly golden.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve in big fat bowls with sharp chedder, sour cream and cilantro!
Serving: 1g, Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 343mg, Potassium: 340mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 422IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg