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Smoky Chipotle Chocolate Chicken Chili.

This soup gets a nice smoky flavor from the chipotle chiles and smoked paprika. Then there is the chocolate.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chipotle chicken
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 343kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 whole large onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 pounds cooked chicken breast shredded, about 1 1/2
  • 4 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 in chipotle chilies adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes 28- Size
  • 2 ounce cans pinto beans or black beans optional, 15-
  • 1 Ounce can diced green chiles 4 Size
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cups grated cheddar cheese optional for topping
  • ¼ cups chopped fresh cilantro optional for topping
  • sliced green onions optional for topping


  • Heat a large dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and then add the onion and garlic. Lower the heat to medium low and cover pot. Cook, stirring as needed until the onions are translucent and just starting to caramelize. This takes about 30 minutes.
  • Add the chicken, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, chipotle chilies and adobo sauce to the pot and continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes covered so that the chicken gets infused with the aromatics and the spices.
  • Stir in the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, beans (if using), and green chiles. Stir in the dark chocolate cocoa powder. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a slow boil and cook, uncovered, stirring as needed until the liquid has reduced to your level of preference.
  • For serving, pass the cotija cheese and chopped cilantro for topping as desired.
  • This is great with beer bread and a salad.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3.5mg