Mild southwest chicken chili recipe seasoned with dry ranch and taco seasoning

I have a special treat for you today from my friend Laurie. She actually came over to my house with groceries and made this chili on my stovetop. Don’t I just have the greatest friends? All of your suspicions that I feed my children buttercream truffles with a side of cookies for dinner were just confirmed. I mean, my friends show up at my house with real food. No one ever brings me dessert. Ever.

Southwest Chicken Chili from @KatrinasKitchen

It’s kind of like when you become the Birthday Cake Person. You know, someone’s second cousin twice removed is turning 37 and will you please whip them up a little cake? If you are like me, you will say yes, and then you will die a little inside. You will fret and stress about each teaspoon of vanilla and you will be convinced it will come out tasting like asphalt. I have told you all before how I am not good with cakes. Quite frankly they scare me. If I make you a cake, can we agree that I am allowed to slice into the finished product (just a sliver) and take a bite to reassure myself that it doesn’t taste like road sludge? Yes? Okay then, deal.

Oh, and if you become the Birthday Cake Person, people will stop baking you cakes for your birthday. I went almost 10 years without a homemade cake until I used my best pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top look to guilt my husband into making me one. Three years later, I have successfully convinced him that his baking and decorating my cake each year is a tradition. Take that, Cake People!

Southwest Chicken Chili from @KatrinasKitchen


Southwest Chicken Chili from @KatrinasKitchen

Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe

Mild chili seasoned with dry ranch and taco seasoning

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  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons taco seasoning, 1 envelope
  • 1/4 cup Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix
  • 2 Cups water
  • 2 cans pinto beans, drained
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can chilies
  • 2 Cups cubed or shredded chicken, cooked
  • Cilantro, to taste


  • Sauté onions in olive oil in the bottom of a large pot until tender.
  • Add remaining ingredients and heat through. Simmer for at least 30 minutes.
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