Southwest Chicken Chili

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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 and I have successfully convinced him that his baking and decorating my cake each year is tradition. Take that Cake People!

Southwest Chicken Chili from @KatrinasKitchen

Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe

Mild chili seasoned with dry ranch and taco seasoning
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons taco seasoning 1 envelope
  • 1 envelope 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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- Katrina

21 Responses to “Southwest Chicken Chili”

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    Baked by Rachel — March 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I love how simple this is! And you're right about the cake/dessert bit. No one ever bakes me cake or brings me dessert for my birthday. So cool that it's become tradition for your hubs to now do it for you 🙂
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    Bake Your Day — March 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Sounds amazing, Katrina! I love simple soups!

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    TidyMom — March 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    oh this looks delicious Katrina!!
    Thanks so much for joining Soupapalooza!
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    amanda @ fake ginger — March 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Mmm ranch! How can this be anything but delicious?!

    I saw another blogger put a small amount of batter in a ramekin when she was in charge of cake – that way she got to taste the finished product without cutting into the big cake. I just do cupcakes because I'm too lazy for stuff like that. 😉
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    Elizabeth — March 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I've never made chili with chicken before. This looks great!
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    The Harried Cook — March 3, 2012 at 2:50 am

    LOL 🙂 I feel the same way about baking cakes and avoid it as much as I can… that's why these days when someone asks me to bake them a cake, I just talk them into cupcakes. Much easier to handle 🙂 And I can sample one (or four)! 🙂 This chili sounds great! I've made a chili with chicken once and it was yummy! Can't wait to try out this version 🙂 Great post!
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    Susie Homemaker, MD — March 3, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Mmmmm… That looks delicious! I am also that "birthday cake person" so I know your pain. I am also named Katrina and am new to your blog (and am a new blogger myself). Nice to meet you and love your site! 🙂

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    Ann — March 3, 2012 at 5:48 am

    That was SO nice of your friend! Honey Bunny can't make a cake if came, mixed itself and jumped in the oven! So…we decided that a hot-fudge sundae is the birthday treat of choice!
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    lilaloa — March 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    You are OFFICIALLY the luckiest girl in the world! Your friend drops by your house and makes you THAT!?!? I bet it tasted amazing. I mean, it was made with love and everything.
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    Maureen — March 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Nobody has made me a cake for my birthday in so long I can't remember. You're a lucky woman.

    This chili looks smashing!
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    CanterburyCakes — March 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I am so lucky, my lovely husband makes me a cake with my boys every year – although he may not do it next time as I didn't like the one this year (ooops!!).

    How amazing that your friend just drops by and rustles this up for you! It looks fabulous. I would never have thought of making a chilli with chicken in it, but I can see it works well.
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    JavelinWarrior — March 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I'm the "Broccoli Cheddar Bacon Salad" guy with my friends and family – every time a holiday or birthday or other random celebration crops up, I try to gently suggest that I'm more than willing to bring something ELSE for a change, but invariably I get "stuck" bringing the same salad 😉 Although that sounds far easier than being the Birthday Cake maker 😉

    This soup looks delicious – but I'm actually eyeing the muffins 🙂
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    Sue — March 4, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Mmmmm, looks delicious!
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    David Head — March 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    This is so tasty and easy to make. A nice little change to eat.
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    Parsley Sage — March 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Ha! I'm the key lime frozen pie lady (no baking necessary.) It used to be my favorite dessert but I'm so totally over it now…

    I ADORE this chili. That ranch mix package…GENIUS! I've bookmarked this fo 'sho!
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    sallysbakingaddiction — March 5, 2012 at 12:35 am

    yum! i like chicken chili better than beef chili and this recipe looks so easy and delicious! i'm also the "birthday cake person" too. and the "christmas cookies person" and the "pumpkin pie person"…. will someone bake me something already?!? 😉

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    Valentina — March 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    OMG this looks absolutely divine!

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    TastefullyJulie — March 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Yummy! My friends don't do that. hmm, I must be doing something wrong.
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    @cookingladybell — March 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I want your kind of friends, their just trying to get you off that sugar high you been on. But honestly, they look fantastic all your sweets do. And that chili looks fantastic. Great post!
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    Mary Ann — January 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Sooo good. I added a can do corn, fresh red pepper, and some ground cayenne for a little zip! Delicious on a snowy, cold, Ohio day.

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      Katrina Bahl — January 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it. Stay warm!

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