Tequila Chicken Chili – Chicken Tequila Chili

Chicken Chili with Tequila

Tequila Chicken Chili is my newest chili creation. It’s easy and fun to get creative when making a pot of chili. I have sometimes used beer, and even coffee or tea. This time I wanted to compliment spicy chili peppers with a Mexican twist, so tequila went into this tequila chicken chili pot. Lime juice and cilantro rounded out the Mexican inspiration.

Chicken Chili with Tequila
Chicken Chili with Tequila

About Chipotle Peppers

Chipotle chili pepper with its adobo sauce gives the tequila chicken chili a wonderful smoky spiciness. I love having this versatile staple in my pantry. Chipotle peppers are dried and smoked jalapeno. Adobo sauce is a combination of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic, and vinegar that the peppers are preserved in. The adobo sauce is wonderful for adding to barbecue sauces, tacos, on burgers, pizza and tons of other dishes. Check out Everything You Need To Know About Chipotles for more info. You can store the unused portion of the can in a covered container in the fridge for a couple of weeks to use in other recipes, like this Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas.

Tequila Chicken Chili

Adjust your Spice Levels to your Liking

OK, so yes, we like a lot of spice at my house. Don’t let the spice level in this recipe scare you, though, if you prefer less heat. It’s very easy to dial it down.Try scraping out the seeds before mincing, and / or reduce the number of chipotle peppers. You can also leave out the chipotle peppers and just use the adobo sauce for a much more subtle heat. I couldn’t resist using one of my home grown cayenne peppers as well, although I did remove the seeds and pulp. You can leave that out, if you prefer, too.

On the other hand, feel free to dial the spice up, if you are daring.

For more chili inspiration, check out Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili.


Chicken Chili with Tequila

How To Make Tequila Chicken Chili

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Chicken Chili with Tequila
Tequila Chicken Chili – Chicken Tequila Chili
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Tequila adds a delicious twist to this easy to make and healthy chili made with lean ground chicken and two types of beans.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian, Mexican
Keyword: chicken, chipotle, ground chicken, kidney beand, tequila, tomatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 326 kcal
Author: Colleen
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb lean ground chicken
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tsp  dried cumin
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste.
  • 1 28 oz can no sodium added diced tomatoes and their juice
  • 1 14 oz can red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 14 oz can white kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 lime juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 3 chipotle peppers minced, plus 1 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 1 cayenne pepper seeded and minced (optional)
  • 1 large red or green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  1. In a large skillet or dutch oven, heat oil over medium high.

  2. Add ground chicken and cook, breaking up with a spoon until browned and no longer pink, about five minutes.
  3. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about three minutes.
  4. Add chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, cooking and stirring for about a minute.
  5. Add all remaining ingredients except the cilantro.
  6. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about an hour.
  7. Remove from heat and allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve in bowls with cilantro and lime wedges 

Nutrition Facts
Tequila Chicken Chili – Chicken Tequila Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 140mg6%
Potassium 1100mg31%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 870IU17%
Vitamin C 44mg53%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Tequila Chicken Chili

Tequila Chicken Chili

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14 thoughts on “Tequila Chicken Chili – Chicken Tequila Chili

  1. This is fantastic, Colleen! I’ve never heard of using tequila in chilli (or even tea or coffee like you mentioned!), but it seems to add something wonderful to the dish. Great recipe. 🙂

  2. Love your pictures Colleen! Too bad you had to change your plan for the rain, but I see that you created a wonderful dish there! We like spices too, in our dishes, my husband especially 🙂 . And the addition of tequila, spot on!

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