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Queso Chicken ChiliSeeing as extra chilly weather is a constant in the foreseen future, chili sounded quite delightful.  I found this recipe when I was looking for new versions to try and it sounded interesting because I have never tried to roast corn and peppers before.  I was impressed with how easy it was to do and how the simple step made the dish even more delicious.

Crockpot Queso Chicken Chili with Roasted Corn and Jalapeño 

(original source)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups salsa, divided
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 bell peppers, minced
  • 1 14 ounce can corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced (without ribs and seeds)
  • 1 14 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • 6 ounces Pepper Jack cheese
  • cilantro for topping
  • blue corn tortilla chips for serving

What to do:

  • Place the chicken breasts, 1½ cups salsa, water, cumin, chili powder and salt in the crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  • When the chicken is done, shred the meat directly in the crockpot using two forks.
  • Pat the minced peppers dry with a paper towel. Place the bell peppers in a large nonstick skillet over high heat without oil. Cook for 4-5 minutes WITHOUT stirring. This creates the browned, roasted look out on the outside of the peppers. Stir once and repeat until the peppers are nice and browned. Set aside. Repeat this process with the corn and jalapeño together.
  • Add the roasted peppers, roasted corn and jalapeño, black beans, remaining salsa, and cream cheese to the crockpot. Stir and replace cover, allowing the cream cheese to melt. Adjust the consistency of the soup by adding another ½ cup of water if needed. Just before serving, stir in the Pepper Jack cheese.
  • Top with cilantro and serve with blue corn tortilla chips

Enjoy!

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