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. 


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.

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5 from 1 vote

Buffalo Chicken Chili

An easy to make buffalo chicken chili using a rotisserie chicken and pre-flavored beans
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Buffalo Chicken, Chili, Rotisserie Chicken, slow cooker
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Mary Beth


  • 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


  • 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.