Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili Made with Rotisserie Chicken
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.
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!
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
- 2 cans Chili Beans already seasoned, any variety
- 2 tablespoon 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
- ¼ 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.