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Homemade Fajita Chili Recipe You’ll Love

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If you want a unique chili that you’ll absolutely love, this fajita chili recipe is so simple, but the flavor is so rich and savory, you’ll swear it’s from a restaurant.

Oh, but if you’re already sold on chicken fajita chili, be sure to check out these easy chili recipes, too. There’s so many yummy options, you can just pick another to make as soon as you’re done licking the bowl from this delectable recipe.

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So, if you’re digging this deep and rich chicken fajita chili, grab a bowl because we’re makin’! Don’t miss out on these 20+ Comforting Chili Recipes!

How to Make Fajita Chili

Saute your chicken breast, bell peppers (green and red) and onions in the bottom of your dutch oven.

In a small bowl, whisk together the chili powder, paprika, cumin, and black pepper.

Sprinkle half of this fajita seasoning over the chicken and peppers.

Add the kidney beans (with the beans drained and rinsed), tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with chilies, and the chicken broth to the dutch oven. Although, if you wanted to replace the kidney beans with black beans, cannellini beans, or white beans, I promise not to tell.

Stir to combine.

Cover and cook to a simmer on medium to high heat for 30 minutes. Cook, stirring occasionally to keep it from scorching.

Salt and pepper to taste.


Serve with sour cream and tortilla chips!

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Specialty Ingredients:

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Fajita Chili Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.



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Make it a Meal:

Typically, I just serve this with some saltines and cornbread. However, you could make a full-course meal of it. The following items will pair well with this delicious chili recipe.

Vegetable Side: Scalloped Potatoes

Starch Side: Parmesan Bites

Refreshing Drink: Cotton Candy Mocktail

Don’t forget Dessert: Blueberry Cake Mix Cobbler

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Best Chili Recipes:

Once you make this Fajita Chili Recipe, you are going to remember just how wonderful a bowl of chili is on a cold winter night.

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How Long Does Chili Last?

Chicken fajita chili is one of those dishes that just doesn’t last very long in my house, simply because the boys, well, they’re like adorable vultures that smell something delicious cooking, then they swoop in and start picking off bowls and bites immediately.

However, if you can keep your vultures out of the chili, you can expect to keep it for 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Can You Freeze Chili?

I’ll be honest, a batch of fajita chili does not last long enough to get frozen in our house usually. But, when it does, I just put it in the airtight container and then in the freezer.

Then, when I’m ready for a bite, I just defrost on the counter for a couple of hours or pop it in the fridge overnight.

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But, the thing is, sometimes I want just a single serving and it’s just sad to have to pull the whole batch out. So, a smart girl (me) thought that it would be cool to put fajita chili in individual bowls, meal-planning style and then in the freezer.

Makes a great lunch.

What are the best toppings for chili?

The right toppings can elevate a hearty bowl of chili from a great dish to an unforgettable culinary experience.

Shredded sharp cheddar cheese stands out for its ability to meld seamlessly with the warmth of the chili, creating a gooey texture and rich taste.

Freshly chopped onions add a crunch and a punch of flavor that cuts through the richness, while a dollop of sour cream introduces an excellent, tangy contrast that enhances the overall depth of the dish. Sliced jalapeños offer a spicy kick for those who favor a bit of heat, whereas chopped cilantro can lend a fresh, herbaceous note to balance the robust flavors. A squeeze of lime provides a zesty brightness for a final touch, elevating the chili’s complexity.

Together, these toppings don’t just add layers of texture and flavor; they turn each bowl of chili into a customized feast.

How do I give chili a smoky flavor?

To infuse your chili with a rich, smoky flavor, consider incorporating smoked paprika or chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Smoked paprika offers a deep, woodsy aroma without adding heat, making it a perfect choice for a subtle smokiness.

For a spicier kick, chipotle peppers, which are smoked jalapeños, provide a robust flavor along with a bit of heat. Adding a small amount can significantly enhance the complexity of your chili.

Another method is to char some of the vegetables, like onions or tomatoes, before adding them to the pot.

If you have access to a smoker, smoking the meat before making the chili can also impart a distinctive smoky taste that elevates the dish to a new level of deliciousness.

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Homemade Fajita Chili

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This fajita chili recipe is so easy and the taste--oh my, it's like restaurant-style fajitas in a bowl. So amazing.


  • 1 pound chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 10-ounce can RoTel
  • 4 cups chicken broth


  1. Saute your chicken, bell peppers and onions in the bottom of your dutch oven.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the chili powder, paprika, cumin, and black pepper.
  3. Sprinkle half of this seasoning over the chicken and peppers.
  4. Add the kidney beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with chilies, and the chicken broth to the dutch oven. Stir to combine.
  5. Simmer on medium to low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep it from scorching.
  6. Enjoy!


Goes great served over corn chips or white rice. We also like to top with green onions, sour cream, and shredded Mexican blend cheese.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 424Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 1573mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 8gSugar: 12gProtein: 37g

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