This Chicken Chili Bean Chowder is just right for chilly weeknight get-togethers.  Pair it with a mixed-greens salad and rustic bread for a belly-warming meal. 

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New Year’s Eve was one of my favorite kind of days.  A bit gloomy, snowed all day, but not so much snow it shut everything down. Cold. Relaxing.  Stay inside and snuggle kind of day.

Steve took a walk up to check out one of his new trail cams he set up on the property his sister in law and her husband just bought.  They are going to let him hunt out there and he was dying to see what kind of deer activity the property has……needless to say, I think he’s pretty excited.

I knew he’d be wet and cold when he got home, so I wanted to make a big pot of something to warm his belly.  I had not been food shopping since before Christmas, so I wasn’t sure what I had on hand.  A quick browse thru the Bush’s Beans recipes and I had everything I needed to make a big pot of Chicken Chili Bean Chowder.

Not only was this recipe simple to make, full of ingredients I usually have on hand, but it was just what he needed to warm him up on such a cold day.

Chicken Chili Bean Chowder recipe at TidyMom

Chicken Chili Bean Chowder recipe at TidyMom

Chicken Chili Bean Chowder

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This tasty bean chowder is just right for chilly weeknight get-togethers. Pair it with a mixed-greens salad and rustic bread for a belly-warming meal.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans BUSH’S® Chili Beans, drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk, whole or skim
  • 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oil in a 4-quart saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion flakes, celery, carrot, and garlic. Cook 5 minutes; stir often.
  2. If you don't already have cooked chicken; Heat a skillet to medium and drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil into the pan and allow to heat through. Place cut up chicken breast (I used 4 small breasts) in pan and allow to cook for 7 or 8 minutes or until brown and golden. Flip and repeat until chicken breast is cooked.
  3. Add chicken, beans, chiles, cumin, broth, and milk to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cook 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Serve topped with cilantro and cheese.


This chowder was a little more like a soup, if you like your chowder or chili thick and chunky stir in 1/3 cup cornmeal when adding the beans, chiles and broth and milk. This gives the chili a thicker consistency and a texture similar to thin polenta.

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