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Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Chili

After browsing through many, many chili recipes, I ended up creating one of my own.

Slow Cooker Chicken And Sausage Chili Ingredients

  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, chopped

  • cup beer

  • teaspoon hot sauce

  • 2 beef bouillon cubes

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • teaspoon chili powder

  • teaspoon paprika

  • teaspoon dried oregano

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • ? teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • red onion, chopped

  • 1 pound ground chicken

  • pound bulk Italian sausage

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken And Sausage Chili

  1. Combine the stewed tomatoes, beer, hot sauce, bouillon cubes, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a slow cooker; cook on High for 1 hour.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook the red onion in the hot oil until tender. Stir in the ground chicken; cook and stir until completely browned. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker and return the skillet to the heat. Fry the sausage in the reheated skillet until completely browned and crumbly; add to the slow cooker. Mix the tomato paste and kidney beans into the chili. Continue cooking on High another 2 hours. Switch the heat to Low and simmer 4 hours more.

Slow Cooker Chicken And Sausage Chili Nutritions

  • Calories: 314.8 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 30.3 g

  • Cholesterol: 51.3 mg

  • Fat: 11.2 g

  • Fiber: 6.8 g

  • Protein: 24.7 g

  • SaturatedFat: 3.5 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 1391.4 mg

  • Sugar: 12.9 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Slow Cooker Chicken And Sausage Chili Reviews

  • Yummy Added an additional can of kidney beans and a can of tomato sauce, along with some miced garlic. I subbed ground turkey for ground chicken. So became a complete turkey chili ANy type of chili is good right?

  • Excellent chili. I made only a few modifications to the recipe. I used ground turkey instead of the ground chicken, and turkey sausage. I used regular diced tomatoes instead of stewed. I added an extra can of seasoned chili beans and a bit of extra hot sauce. I served over rice with shredded cheese on top. It went over very well and I will definitely make this recipe again.

  • Oh my goodness, if I could give more stars I would This was spectacular I followed the recipe closely. I did omit the beans, my husband refuses to eat them. I used 2 sweet italian sausages and 2 hot italian sausages, I often mix them in recipes. Also I used 2 chicken breasts partially cooked then cut tiny. I had everything else in the slow cooker on high until I put the meat in. Then I put everything in at the same time and let it slow cook for 5hr - my whole place smelled so good all day and everyone was eager for supper that night This didnt disappoint anyone - we served over white rice cooked with beef broth. Loved it

  • This was excellent I actually forgot that it was a slow-cooker recipe, so by the time I realized that it was and I needed to make it that day, I didnt have much time. So, I did it on the stove and simmered everything for about an hour and a half. The flavors are delicious I think it is my favorite chili recipe Ive tried. I will definitely make again (and try the slow cooker) Thanks for sharing

  • This was great. The only changes I made was I used whole chicken breasts and then cut them up very fine. I also cooked it for five hours on high, straight through, rather than changing the temp at certain times. I just dont have time for all that. I also put everything in the slow cooker at the same time, rather than spaced out. With these changes, and served on rice, it was splendid

  • Let me start with the fact that this chili recipe won me the chili cookoff at its pretty great, but the only few things I changed were; I boiled chicken breasts and then shredded them before adding to the chili (instead of using ground chicken, much better IMO), I used an additional teaspoon of hot sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder as it wasnt hot enough for my taste, and I also added some fresh parsley and cumin. Definitely a great chicken variation of chili that many people have never tried.

  • Used extra lean ground chix breast and hot turkey sausage...I browned both of these with onions and garlic and the chili spices... I did assemble this chili the night before and cooked on low the day of. I also added a diced sweet red pepper and a diced zuchinni to amp up the veggies... this was a very tasty chili and we loved it. I love to use leaner meats and try to use them instead of beef and pork. You do not miss out on any flavor here with the leaner chicken and turkey meats. Leftovers in the freezer...will most def. make again. Thanks

  • I made this chili exactly as the recipe stated. My husband, two teenagers, and I agreed that this recipe had way too much of a tomato taste. With 3 cans of stewed tomatoes and 2 cans of tomato paste, its no wonder.

  • Excellent, i did lighten it up a little more with turkey sausage...this one is a keeper.

  • This was so delicious I found it to be a little watery so next time I will drain the tomatoes. My boyfriend wasnt a fan of the chunky tomatoes so Im going to use diced tomatoes instead of stewed next time. I will also add another can of kidney beans. The flavor was amazing and it tasted even better warmed up the next day. Cant wait to make this again

  • Excellent chili. Added some sauteed red and green bell peppers and a can of black beans. Family couldnt get enough of it. Will be making this quite often.

  • This is a great chili variation....made this for the wife and we loved it....added some shredded cheddar, sour cream, and green onions on the top and its a great hearty meal.

  • Best Chili I have ever made Okay, so it was my first chili Ive ever made, but my fiance, sister and parents raved about it And they are definite chili critics Nice job Prncsslee We used Sweet Italian Sausage and it made just a tad sweater. Served with Colby Jack/Monterey Cheese on top Yum

  • Not a good chili at all. It was so sweet and just plain weird. Why would you use stewed tomatoes if you are slow cooking anyway?

  • Fabulous I followed this recipe to a tee, except for the kidney beans. Wow Super easy and super delicious. This will definitely find a spot in my cookbook. Thx for the great recipe

  • This is some good chili. I think net time I might not as use as many stewed tomatoes but loved the seasoning and so did my husband Great with cheese, sour cream and fritos

  • REALLY GOOD Spices are just right - not too hot, nor bland. I added a can of corn.

  • Isnt chili, chili has cummin in it. too bland for me

  • This chili is really good

  • Fabulous chili I used (3) cans of fire roasted tomatoes, and one can of each kidney, black, and chili beans (drained the kidney and black but not the chili). I also added a can of whole kernel corn to the mix the last hour and Wow is it good. This one is a keeper.

  • Great flavor

  • Super, super yum. Traded ground turkey for the chicken and left out the chili and cayenne powders but otherwise made as directed. Yummy.

  • Too sweet and tomato-ey. Not enough "chili" flavors. You could end up with a similar result by adding chicken to Campbells soup out of the can. My family did not enjoy.

  • Great Recipe

  • Absolutely phenomenal I tweeked it some, as I do with every recipe. Instead of tomato paste, I use tomato sauce, and added an additional can, alonf with a can of black beans, and a can of sweet corn. On all the spices, I doubled it (LOVE ME SOME SPICES) Also, my husband hates beer in his food, so I used beef broth instead and used a little extra. The meat I use if ground turkey and mild sausage. VERY filling meal, and my hubby actually likes it ;)

  • This was absolutely delicious Even my picky 11 year old loved it I will definitely be making this regularly. Thanks for the great reciepe

  • Incorporated several ingredient modifications found here: fire roasted diced tomatoes, can of green chilies, half sweet/half hot italian sausage, half amount of tomato paste. Delicious. Won first place in work chili cookoff.

  • This was great, the only change I made was I added another can of beans, pinto beans. My husband cannot stop raving about it. Next time I make this i will add some sweet onions and minced garlic. I served it with Sour Cream Cornbread from this site, I made it gluten free and it too was a hit. Thank you

  • Good base recipe. Most people tailor it to their own family.I used diced tomatoes with mild green chiles added. Used tomato sauce as I had to omitt the beer or my wife wouldnt have touched it.Used 1 lb of chicken breast cubed. Didnt add the hot sauce as I had added green chiles. The Italian sausage had 3 kinds of cheese added, a nice touch. Browned all meats separately with onions added. Used Black, chili, and kidney beans. Drained everything, including tomatoes. Doubled seasonings other than hot sauce . . .turned out great

  • It wasnt horrible just way too sweet. My family all agreed it would be a great chicken sandwich filling if you added a tangy barbecue sauce. Its just not chili. Just for info I added one less tomato paste (people complained about it being too tomatoey) and my paprika was smoked paprika (all I had) instead. Everything else was followed exactly.

  • Excellent and very easy to do. Used ground turkey in place of chicken, and used 1-1/4 lbs of susage. Also added one small can of chopped chiles. Next time, and there will be a next time, I will increase chili powder to one teaspoon maybe more and decrease brown sugar to 3/4 tsp.

  • This is my FAVORITE chili I use Chipotle Tabasco sauce, skip the cayenne and use hot Italian sausage. Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro, and, sometimes rice. SO GOOD

  • This turned out awesome The sausage gave it just the right kick and a nice meaty texture. I added some poblano peppers for a little smokiness. Would definitely recommend

  • This is one of the tastiest chilis I have ever made. The flavors blend well and it is very easy to prepare.

  • This was amazing Used ground Turkey instead of Chicken and added cumin, minced garlic, a can of black beas and some frozen corn.. It was absolutely delicious

  • Omg this recipe is DELICIOUS Made it once to test it out.....didnt make near enough and have to double my batch. Its also been demanded that I make a ton for work Lol best chilli Ive had by far.

  • Tried this recipe today. Of course I cannot follow a recipe so here are the changes I made. Omit the brown sugar, used homemade beef broth (beef cubes are nothing but salt), used hot paprika, cumin, 2/3 can of rotell tomato with peppers, about 4 oz of tomato paste, 1 plus cup of pressure cooked black and pinto beans,1 one pound can of petite diced tomatoes, sliced thin chicken breast (uncooked), used link Italian sausage (it is what I had on hand), 1 cup of black and tan beer and fresh cilantro to garnish. I also used a large white onion. Other than that I didnt change the ingredients. But everything in the crock pot on low for 8 hours. I added more beef broth at the end because I decided I wanted it to be a soup.

  • I gave it 3 stars not only because of the large amount of tomato paste but mostly because its not a crock pot recipe. just use one large heavy pot and finish it on the stove top. Simmer for 30 minutes.

  • I made this recipe exactly as stated. It is very good and has a great flavor, but I was surprised this chili did not have cumin in it. The consistency reminded me more of tomato sauce rather than chili, but the flavor was excellent

  • This Chili was good, but had a bit of a sweet taste that I wasnt expecting. My 15 yo daughter absolutely loved it.

  • I say 4, but my husband says 3. He did not like that it had such a strong tomato taste. It was not the typical chili. I liked that it was different from usual. It was not spicy at all. I made it exactly as written. I tried it plain and with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese. Both were good. Next time I may try adding some garlic and green pepper.

  • It is a bit of work for a slow cooker recipe but I enjoyed this meaty chili. I would toss some more cayenne pepper in there next time.

  • It was good but not a game changer for m

  • My husband says it needs more of something; its too saucy. Pasta, he said. I used beef base instead of beef cubes, turkey Italian sausage and cooked it on the stove top for 1-1/2 hours. Had to add chicken broth. Its passable - hubby said he doesnt want to see it again in the near future, like 6-8 years.

  • I too added an extra can of kidney beans. Added the

  • This was the best chili I ever made. A keeper.

  • Very good Chili. Took a little longer than expected to get everything prepared. I think next time I would add some more hot sauce and some jalapenos for a kick.

  • This was, by my familys terms, the best chili Ive ever made. Great recipe and very easy.

  • Ive made it a few times, but today I used a Instant Pot. I used the pot for everything, one pot cooking. First I cooked the chicken, I use 1 to 2 breasts diced I prefer them over ground chicken set the saute to "Normal". Then I cook the sausage. I use mild and medium or hot. When done I just put in a container till I am ready to combine. Then combine the tomatoes and spices. Set to slow cook on "High" for an hour.

  • A Few alterations- 1. I used a full pound of chicken sausage 2. added smashed garlic cloves to the onion, i used a whole red onion 3.added a cup of chicken stock and 2 additional cans of beans.

  • Loved it I used 1 can of beer and instead of chicken, used all pork sausage for the meat. I didnt use dried Oregano nor did I use Chili Powder instead I used taco seasoning. Tasty

  • Wonderful delicious chili. Not too watery. I added cumin and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. Also added celery. And a can of corn. Best chili Ive ever made. Used crushed tomatoes as I did not have any stewed tomatoes. Served with sour cream pepper jack cheese and crispy corn muffins.

  • Used hot Italian sausage for a bit more zing.

  • This was ok. My husband liked it better than I did. It has a very distinct tomato taste. Theres 3 cans of tomatoes and 2 cans of tomato paste which overpower the chili. It also was bland with just the spices listed. I added an additional tbl. of chili powder to enhance the flavor.

  • I made this chili as instructed and enjoyed it (Actually, I used chicken instead of beef bouillon cubes because thats what I had--not a major change, though.) The few things that Id change next time are to drain the tomatoes (as it was a bit too soupy for my preference), use diced tomatoes instead of the chunky stewed tomatoes, reduce the amount of tomatoes added (as the tomato taste was a tad overwhelming), and add cumin and red and green peppers for added spice. Although I plan to make these changes for my taste, the recipe still tasted good (I served it over white rice.)

  • Great recipe

  • In all fairness I didnt want to give it "any" star rating when I didnt follow the recipe as written, but I gave it 5 stars because I am always on the lookout for chili or stew recipes with an interesting twist, and this definitely fits the bill. Youre only limited by your ingredients on hand and personal preferences. My changes: omitted beer, paprika and hot sauce (none on hand), approximately doubled the other spices, plus added a good amount of cumin (eyeballed), Used 1 can of diced chipotle tomatoes, 1 can of tomoato paste, 1 can of Bushs white chili beans in chile sauce and 1 can of plain red kidney beans (undrained), also added a can of corn (drained). used 1 beef boulion cube, but only because I forgot about the 2nd one. It was a thicker chili, not saucey... served with corn muffins. Next time, I think Ill play around with adding all or some of the following: diced celery, chiopped mushrooms ,red wine, and switch the while chili beans for bushs black beans in chili sauce. Maybe omit the boullion cube and thow some coco powder in there.. I think this base recipe will be a new favorite, as we are so tired of the standard ground beef chilis.

  • Good but not great

  • Good recipe, but has too much tomato in it. Next time, I would eliminate one can of stewed tomatoes, and probably one can of tomato past as well. Tasted more like a meat sauce than a chili.

  • This is a good and awesome base recipe. At 2 hours, it still smelled too tomato-ey, so I added some cumin and paprika. That gave it a bit of a more earthy taste as I was going to add this to baked potatoes. At 3 hours, I decided to add some diced sausage and that seemed to top off the flavor just right. I also garnished the baked potatoes with chopped green onions, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese mix and salsa. I might add fresh bacon bits next time and make hot dogs...YUM

  • I didnt have any turkey or ground chicken so I used regular ground beef and pork sausage and it was amazing Instead of red onions I just cooked onion powder in with the meat and it was so yummy and just really good. Ill for sure be making this again.

  • I have to say I love my slow cooker and if I can make something in it Im going to. This is amazing. I did change a bit. I used everything called for, however before putting the stewed tomatoes in I cut them up not a fan of huge chunks of maters. I doubled the chili powder and threw in some cumin 1/2tsp and didnt let simmer as long. Hour before adding meats, 2 on high, 2 on low bowled it over some white rice and BOOM

  • It is a good chili & different from the same old. However, this chili, in my opinion, was really lacking flavor. It tasted to me like thick tomato soup with meat. I added more seasoning. Still a great recipe

  • I made this exactly as written and enjoyed it very much. Leftovers were even better as the seasonings had more time to blend. One of my new fav chili recipes.

  • We loved this chili, it was full of flavor and very easy to make. After reading the reviews when all done with the meat and beans, I taste tested it again and it was perfect the way it was, so I opted to NOT put in the tomato paste. One review mentioned that it was too "tomatoie". I didnt want to ruin a good thing so I did not put it in. Another change was necessity, as I didnt have any kidney beans on hand, but added a can of Great Northern beans instead. It is a forgiving recipe and one I will definitely made again. Note: I used diced tomatoes and 2 of my cans were "fire roasted" tomatoes. Dont know how much difference that made, but we loved it. Forgot to mention that I did this on the stove earlier in the day and left it on low on back burner covered. It was awesome.

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