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Chipotle Chicken Chili

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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2 tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced 

1 onion, diced 

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into large dice 

One 12-ounce bottle good beer, preferably Mexican 

One 14-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 

One 14-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 

One 14-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 

One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes 

1 tablespoon chile powder 

1 tablespoon ground cumin 

1 teaspoon salt

1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced (use less if desired) 

1/4 cup masa harina 

5 limes, 1 juiced, 4 cut into wedges

1 pound sharp Cheddar, grated

16 ounces sour cream 

5 Roma tomatoes, diced 

1/2 bunch fresh cilantro 


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook for a few minutes until the onions soften. Add the chicken and cook until lightly browned. Add three-quarters of the beer, reserving the rest, then cook for a couple of minutes to reduce. Add the black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, tomatoes, chile powder, cumin, salt and chipotles and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then cover the pot and cook for 1 hour.
  2. Combine the masa harina with the rest of the beer and stir to make a paste. Add this into the chili, along with the lime juice. Stir and cook until thick, 10 more minutes.
  3. Serve with the grated cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes, cilantro and lime wedges for squeezing.