This Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Chili is so delicious and easy to make. It’s packed with bacon, beans, chicken, and plenty of smoky chipotle flavor that tastes warm and comforting on a cold day!
I’m very excited to say that I wore a pair of boots today for the first time this fall! I’m actually a bit surprised that I was able to do so already, since we live in Texas and it’s usually still hot as blazes around this time.
Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, since I know I’ll probably be picking the kids up from school in sandals later today with afternoon temps in the 80s. But hey, it was 59 this morning, so I at least got in a few hours of boot weather!😂
And if you’re like me, boot weather automatically = soup weather! I just love a big steamy bowl of soup in the fall, especially one that’s as easy and delicious as this Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Chili.
The inspiration for this Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Chili came to me when a friend asked me if I had a good recipe for white chicken chili. I was sad to say that I did not, as I had tried a recipe last winter that I had found online and it lacked flavor. So I decided to try making my own, with flavor being the most important component, and chipotle chiles were definitely the answer!
This recipe is an adaptation of my Chipotle Corn Chowder, which you should totally try if you haven’t yet! It’s one of my favorite soups of all time and very easy to make, too!
Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Chili
This Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Chili is so delicious and easy to make. It's packed with bacon, beans, chicken, and plenty of smoky chipotle flavor that tastes warm and comforting on a cold day!
- 4 slices of bacon, chopped into small pieces (I use thick cut)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3 cups chicken broth (I use low sodium)
- 2 tablespoons jarred diced chipotle chiles
- 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pepper, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese
- chopped cilantro for serving, optional
- diced avocado for serving, optional
Turn the Instant Pot to saute and cook the chopped bacon until fat renders and it begins to crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and red bell pepper, and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes more.
Add the butter and stir until melted. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and bacon, and cook stirring constantly for one minute so that flour doesn't. burn. Stir in the chicken broth, chipotle chiles, green chiles, oregano, salt, pepper, cumin, chicken breasts, and beans.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the vent valve to "sealing." Cook over manual high pressure for 12 minutes, then allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes perform a quick release.
Once the steam has completely released and the pin has dropped on the lid, open the lid and remove the chicken breasts to a plate or cutting board. Shred the chicken breasts with two forks then return to the pot with the heavy cream and cheeses. Turn the pot back to saute and cook for 5-10 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted and soup is thickened and creamy. Serve, and sprinkle each bowl with chopped cilantro and diced avocado if desired. Enjoy!
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