Tex Mex Chicken Chili


Tex-Mex Chicken Chili is a healthy and delicious one pot meal.Are you looking for a slow cooker recipe that will knock your cowboy boots off? Look no further this “Tex Mex Chicken Chili” is loaded with protein and flavor. A traditional chili recipe with an Indian twist!

Tex Mex Chicken Chili
Tex Mex Chicken Chili

‘Fall’ back into the edible adventure once again this autumn.There is nothing that celebrates the taste of Fall more than a simmering pot of Chili. It is the ultimate comfort food on a crispy cold day.

Weekends are filled with children’s activities and base ball games .Sitting in the bleachers watching my kid play, my fingers were frozen as the wind whipped my face with the cold air, so typical of the city. My thin jacket did not seem enough to keep me warm enough. I cheered on as my little one looked at me each time he hit the ball for his team to win.

My mind was quickly checking out the “to do list” once I got home. “Wouldn’t it be nice to have something hot & piping like a bowl of soup waiting for you on this cold cold day”, I thought.

What could I cook that made this cold weather disappear as a distant memory? Just then, from the corner of my eye, I could see some Dad’s doing jumping jacks to beat the cold while the moms returned to their cars to get more warm blankets.

Having been raised in a different country, I had grown up loving the game of cricket. I had watched umpteen games from the stands and had required no blankets coz we lived in a temperate zone. Food was always a plenty in the stands, focussing on the  intense game and having a zillion choices in food is all we had to worry about in the stands there.

Here, it was different, the weather was a trickster and during the practice sessions  and kids games, we had to carry our own blankets, chairs, food etc….it was a whole new experience for me. Learning new things each day, incorporating the best of both worlds in my life and cuisine has become the norm for me these days.Yet at times, you can’t help but feel nostalgic, for a time in childhood that is long past.

My thought soon centered around the dish I was planning to make once we returned home. Having recently come across the Tex -Mex Chicken Chili recipe in a magazine, I was curious to try cooking it in my own kitchen. Of course it had to have the Indian spices in it, to be a comfort food for us. This recipe seemed to check all the boxes for me.So I decided to give it a try, The Tex- Mex Chicken Chili with an Indian twist!

What is Chili ?

Chili con carne”(Spanish) /Chili with meat commonly known in American English as simply “chili”, is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat (usually beef), and often tomatoes and beans. Other seasonings may include garlic, onions, and cumin. Variations, both geographic and personal, involve different types of meat and ingredients.”

History of how the Tex -Mex Recipes came to be

The word “Tex- Mex” is derived from the amalgam of  the northern Mexican peasant food with Texas farm and cowboy fare. It had all started as a nickname for Texas Mexican Railway, but soon got incorporated as a part of the cuisine in the mission era”.

History has it that Chili con carne was introduced to America by the “Chili Queens,” /women who served food in San Antonio’s Military Plaza as early as the 1860s. Chili stands were also common in Galveston and Houston, they were the taco trucks of the 1800s.

Tamales with chili was the most common order–beans were often added. Laborers counted on the chili vendors for a quick meal. Adventurous eaters loved them.

The Mexican influence

The beans, salsa and cheese probably are the Mexican influence to an otherwise meat and vegetable containing stew. Added to it are the cayenne pepper like spices which stimulates the gastric juices to a roaring rhythm on days where slow cooked meals sets the pace for the day.



Recipe by Maya Shetty
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  • 1 large bowl Shredded chicken pieces Preferably 3 boneless & skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

  • 1 Onion

  • 2 Tomato pureed

  • 2 -3 Green chilies minced

  • 2 cans Pinto beans

  • 1 cup Frozen Corn

  • 3 -4 cloves Garlic minced fine

  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder

  • 2 tsp Black Pepper Powder

  • To taste Salt

  • Cheese or Sour cream optional as topping

  • Tortilla strips Or Chapati


  • Heat some oil in a wok/Dutch oven ,add the sliced garlic and onions. Saute them till they turn golden brown
  • Next add the shredded chicken & mix the onions & chicken well. Keep it covered for 5-10 minutes until the chicken is nicely browned , cooked & soft.
  • To the above add the tomato puree & stir it well for a few minutes until the chicken pieces are coated.
  • Next add the sliced green chilies and pinto beans & keep stirring for a 5 minutes.
  • Now add the spice powders one by one while continuing to stir, until the aroma of the spices fill the kitchen.
  • Add 1 cup of water to above. Cover & cook on simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • When done serve hot with tortilla strips or chapati strips
  • Topping off with cheese is optional

Nutrition Facts

  • Amount Per ServingCalories369
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 15g 24%
    • Saturated Fat 12g 60%
  • Sodium 347mg 15%
  • Potassium 721mg 21%
  • Total Carbohydrate 60g 20%
    • Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
    • Sugars 8g
  • Protein 8g 16%

  • Vitamin A 12%
  • Vitamin C 41%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 11%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Best time of the year for Chili’s

Fall is a great time to pull out the slow cooker. While one is out enjoying the changing colors and cooler temperatures, dinner is preparing itself. What better way, than to have a pot of simmering Tex -Mex chili when you get back home from all the activities, be it apple picking, pumpkin patch or Fall games. Enjoy!

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