Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili Made with Rotisserie Chicken

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Bowl of Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili with can of BUSH'S Chili beans in background

What Makes a Great Chili? 

There are so many delicious chili recipes that picking just one as my favorite would be nearly impossible. 

The chili I grew up with, a hearty ground beef version with fresh celery, onions, sauce, spices, and beans was always my favorite and I actually thought it was the only way to make chili until I got older and started playing around with recipes. Tweaking. Adding. Subtracting. Substituting. 

Three cans of BUSH'S Chili Beans stacked in pyramid fashion on a red cake stand with vintage white bowls in the background - used to make and serve Buffalo Chicken Chili

The one common component of all great chili recipes is the use of quality ingredients. 

BUFFALO CHICKEN CHILI

Recently, I wanted to make something a little different but something that wouldn’t take a lot of prep time. I came across a recipe for Buffalo Chicken Chili, changed it up a bit to save time, and absolutely loved how it turned out and so did my family! 

rotisserie chicken in container for Buffalo Chicken Chili

I started with a rotisserie chicken, it doesn’t get much easier than this and I used Mild Kidney Chili Beans plus a few other basic ingredients.

I didn’t need to worry about pulling out and measuring spices, the BUSH’S Chili Beans are already flavored. 

I bought the rotisserie chicken the day before and refrigerated it until I was ready to use it….hence the less than appealing appearance BUT it does make it much easier to pull the meat off for recipes.

Buffalo Chicken Chili

An easy to make buffalo chicken chili using a rotisserie chicken and pre-flavored beans
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Buffalo Chicken, Chili, Rotisserie Chicken, slow cooker
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Mary Beth

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Chili Beans already seasoned, any variety
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 celery rib sliced
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 rotisserie chicken shredded
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes undrained
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened

Instructions

  • Heat oil in slow cooker. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Saute until tender, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and hot sauce.
  • Add shredded chicken and stir. Cook for 2 hours.
  • Add BUSH'S Chili Beans, stir.
  • Add softened cream cheese and stir gently.
  • After adding the Chili Beans and cream cheese, cook for another 15 to 30 minutes and serve! 

 

What is your absolute favorite way to make chili? I would love to see and hear about how you add your own personal touch to this classic recipe.