Crock pot special — Chicken Enchilada Chili

Posted 08-29-2011 at 12:15 PM by Monica Beyer

This is my absolute favorite crock pot recipe. Hands down. I can barely stand smelling it cook all day, so I try to make it when I know I’ll be out of the house as much as possible. It is just simply delicious. Best of all, it is gluten free and can be served dairy free as well (important in my houseful of celiac disease and food allergies)!

I love the crock pot for so many reasons. It doesn’t heat up your house so it’s the perfect cooking appliance during the warmer months. It does almost all of the work for you (who wouldn’t love that?). It’s portable, easy to set up and cute too. You can make all sorts of things in it, from your favorite soups to big hunks of meat. You can even bake bread in one, although I’ve yet to try that out.

I slightly adapted this recipe from here, which is chock full of wonderful and sometimes weird gluten-free crock pot recipes.

Try it, and try not to die from how much you love it. And let me know how you and your family liked it. I hope it becomes one of your favorites too. Click the link on the right to see the full recipe!


1 1/2 lbs chicken (I used fresh boneless, skinless breasts)
1 1/2 c. enchilada sauce
2 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes (garlic and olive oil)
1 15 oz can of pinto beans
1 15 oz can of kidney beans
1 tbsp dry minced onion
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
Shredded cheese and plain tortilla chips if desired


Pour enchilada sauce and canned tomatoes into the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker. Add beans, onion and spices. Stir to combine. Place chicken on top.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours. After 4 hours, remove chicken, shred with forks, stir back in. Continue to cook for another 2 hours or so.

If desired, top individual bowls with shredded cheese and crunched up tortilla chilps.


About Monica: Monica has been writing professionally since 2000 and has two published books — Teach Your Baby to Sign and Baby Talk. Her writing appears in a number of websites. The mother of four children, Monica is a cloth diaper and natural parenting enthusiast. She also sews custom fleece soakers at Mama Bird.

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