Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili

This Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili is made with Bush’s Cocina Latina Frijoles Cubanos, in a rich sauce seasoned with green bell pepper, garlic and onion.

Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili
When my son told us that 6 of his friends were coming into town to spend the night before their 4-day backpack trip to the Sisters Mountains in central Oregon, I had just a few hours to prepare a quick meal.

Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili

Instead of serving something already prepared, or costly (hello, delivered pizza), I knew I wanted to make a delicious, hot, home-cooked meal.

Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili

Sometimes I think that we, as moms, have lost the art of feeding people well. Whether we think we’re not good cooks, or we just don’t have the time, the need for eating healthy is not going anywhere.

I’ve seen that too much prepackaged, precooked, over-processed food has led to a superficial lifestyle for many families, and it just doesn’t set up good habits for healthy eating, or healthy living.

So how do you combine easy preparation for a busy family, with good, healthy recipes?

My crock pot has become one of my kitchen best friends. I know that if I have just a few hours notice, I can get a hot, delicious, healthy meal on the table. Beans are also stocked in our pantry, because there are so many options for healthy bean dishes, such Black Bean Crock Pot Lasagna, my friend Gina’s Skinnytaste Slow Cooker Black Bean Enchilada Soup, and Crock Pot Beans with Ground Turkey (yummy for a summer picnic!). It’s not always chili, but everyone loves a good pot of chili too.

Even in the summertime!

Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili

Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili

For these hungry young men, I made a delicious Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili, made with Bush’s Cocina Latina Frijoles Cubanos Black Beans, in a rich sauce seasoned with red and green bell pepper, garlic and onion. So much flavor in this Cuban sauce (right in the can of beans), you can make a large pot (double the recipe!) with few ingredients.

Enjoying a home-cooked meal around the table reminds us that for some things in life, we have to slow down. (If you prefer to add your own veggies and spices, try BUSH’S Black Beans with green pepper, garlic, and oregano.)

The laughter. The memories. To savor. To enjoy.

Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili

Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili
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Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili

* If you prefer to add your own veggies and spices, try BUSH’S Black Beans with green pepper, garlic, and oregano!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken boneless breasts cut into thirds
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 cans Bush’s Cocina Latina Frijoles Cubanos or * above
  • 2 cups fresh cooked or frozen corn
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. red chili pepper optional
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  • In a crock pot, add the chicken breasts, chicken broth, and salsa. Cook on low heat for 2-3 hours.
  • Shred the chicken with a fork. Return to crock pot.
  • Add the beans, corn, and spices. Let simmer on low heat for another hour.
  • Serve with cilantro, sour cream, fresh tomatoes, or your favorite toppings!

This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans, but as always, all opinions are my own!

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16 comments on “Cuban Black Bean Chicken Chili”

  1. Looks amazing! What kind of cheese do you have sprinkled on top?

  2. I love my using my slow cooker in the summer when it is just too hot turn on the oven. I can’t wait to try this chili! 

  3. This will come in perfect this fall. It’s too hot here in Florida for chili, but come October I am breaking out the crockpot!

  4. This looks so warm and comforting!

  5. This just sounds so perfect for comfort food!

  6. This sounds wonderful!  I bet they ate that up super quick!  I need to go find those beans now :) I want to add them to everything! 

  7. What a great pre-hike meal!! I haven’t seen these beans from Bush’s yet, but I’ll definitely be looking for them. This is right up my alley!

  8. The flavors in these beans sound incredible! I love the flexibility of the slow cooker with this one too.

  9. Can I crumble Fritos on top?? This looks like a meal that my family would love, and I always appreciate having another good slow cooker recipe at hand too!

  10. What lucky boys!  It’s so true that we as a society rely on packaged foods far too often.  It’s recipes like this one that will convince people to get back in the kitchen!

  11. Cannot find Bush’s Cuban beans….what do you suggest for a substitute ?? I have the chicken/salsa & broth in crockpot now.. Thank you !

  12. I bet those hungry boys devoured this! I only recently saw Sisters for the first time, can’t wait to get back there and explore.

  13. Yum! I love that when we are out and about there are so many more healthy restaurants out there that try to source local, organic foods. Our bodies can tell the difference. One of my favorite things has always been feeding people, especially my girls friends. So much fun! Haven’t done it in awhile but even now, when I know my youngest is going hiking, I’ll make up something for them to take or make sure she’s buying healthy snacks. Or when my oldest texts me she’s hungry at the coffee shop…what a great excuse to see her and love on her by making a nice salad, or sandwich to deliver and sometimes for the other girls there too.

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