Summertime Chili Verde Chili: crockpot style

What better way to beat this heat than a steaming bowl of spicy chili? Okay, I’ll just let you know now. My cooking is as eclectic as the rest of my lifestyle – wardrobe, home décor, hobbies, music – I am all over the map. I like to think of myself as well-rounded. It is the middle of the summer & I suppose I should be eating salads & keeping things light. Well… chili sounded good. Actually my dear friend & co-worker inspired this recipe when I was drooling over her lunch instead of enjoying my own!

If it is too weird, or too hot, feel free to wait a few months for cooler weather before trying it! However, I recommend whipping it up in the morning for an easy mid-week dinner. Plus, the leftovers will keep your lunches simple & healthy!

I could barely wait to eat long enough to take a quick photo!!

Chili Verde Chili Recipe Prep Time: 20 minutes; Cook Time: 8 hours; Servings: 4


  • 2 small yellow onions – chopped
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • dash chili powder, dried garlic
  • 8oz coconut milk
  • 4 small green chilies – picked from my patio garden & chopped
  • 8 oz homemade chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz can white beans
  • 4-5 oz Salsa Verde – I used Trade José’s brand
  • 2-4 tsp ground cumin – to taste
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • 1/2 t dried oregano
  • salt & pepper – to taste
  • 1 T arrowroot powder
  • Optional Toppings: Greek yogurt, avocado, &/or cheese (Pepper Jack or Parmesan are extra tasty!)

Note: I strive to use organic/pesticide-free, free range, & local ingredients whenever possible 🙂


  1. Chop onions & place in bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Heat olive oil (or coconut oil) & brown chicken adding chili powder, dried garlic, salt & pepper to taste. Add garlic to hot pan for 30 seconds. Add to crockpot.
  3. Add coconut milk, green chilies, chicken broth, beans, salsa & spices to crock pot.
  4. Stir, cover & turn crockpot on low for 8 hours.
  5. Remove chicken & shred with a fork.
  6. Stir arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) into the chili to thicken slightly.
  7. Add shredded chicken back in.
  8. Scoop into bowl & add toppings of your choice! Enjoy!!

First Bite… after smelling it cooking all day! Yum!

If you try this & experiment with other ingredients please comment & share!!