I have a confession to make. I had never made chili. There, I said it. From the response that I received from my followers, clearly my lack of amor for chili is just appalling to most. You can imagine, when a chili cook-off was suggested by our Sunday Supper Contributors, I cringed. Not just a little, I really cringed.

Well, it was time for me to step up to the plate and come up with a chili recipe that my family would love. We decided we wanted to have fun with our chili and create a recipe that wasn’t –oh so traditional. After chatting, collaborating and taking everyone’s opinions into consideration, we came up with Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili.

This recipe couldn’t be any easier and it was a huge hit! So much so, that Reis had his crew over the following day and he requested the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili  again. I actually doubled the recipe to feed the crew. And perhaps they were just being kind to Reis’s mother,  but they did rate the Chili a perfect 10! Gotta love these guys. Here they are on instagram. And while they were hanging out and having fun, Ron and I had the hard job of choosing which wine we should pair with the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili. Which one do you think we chose? Initially we thought the Merlot would be perfect but after tasting the sweeter wine with the spicy chili — it was clearly a winner.

So the million dollar question is — is my Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili good enough to win the cook-off? The dish with the most votes at the end of the voting period will get one ticket to the 2014 Food and Wine Conference, being held once again in sunny Orlando, Florida this July + a $25 gift card.  Trust me when I tell you, you are going to want to check out all the fabulous Chili Recipes from our contributors and vote for them HERE. 

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 8

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili #SundaySupper


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds all-white meat ground chicken breast
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup buffalo chicken wing sauce, depending on how hot you like it
  • Optional:
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • 1/4 blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup corn chips, crushed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper sliced thin


  1. Turn Slow Cooker on high and add the olive oil.
  2. Add the ground chicken, using the back of a wooden spoon to break it up in to small pieces
  3. Add the carrot, onion, celery, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, bay leaf, tomato sauce and buffalo chicken wing sauce.
  4. Stir well and cover and cook on high for approximately 4 hours, stirring every hour.
  5. You may have to use a wooden spoon to break up the chicken a bit.
  6. Bring crock pot to low and cook for an additional hour or until all the juices are absorbed.
  7. Pull the bay leaf out and discard.
  8. Serve over pasta or rice and top each serving with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese or cheddar cheese, green onions, crushed corn chips and jalapeno peppers.
  9. The best part about this meal, everyone gets to create their own chili bowl.
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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz February 23, 2014 at 7:28 am

I love how your first chili is an exotic, trendy buffalo chicken version! It sounds amazing!!! Glad you finally took the plunge :)


Roz February 23, 2014 at 9:08 am

Using the slow cooker for this wonderful recipe is so smart! I love how you used the blue cheese in a dressing. Earning a ’10′ from the guys is like a grand slam home-run!


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips February 23, 2014 at 9:08 am

I love buffalo anything! I make something similar and serve it as sloppy joes. So good!


Melanie February 23, 2014 at 9:25 am

Wait? Am I reading this right that you don’t precook the ground meat? If so, I love it already!


FamilyFoodie February 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm

No precooking required Melanie and it is delish!


Renee - Kudos Kitchen February 23, 2014 at 9:32 am

Gosh Isabel, this is the most unusual chili I’ve seen all day. I really like the combination of flavors and textures you’ve used here. Good luck with the contest!


Alice // Hip Foodie Mom February 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

this is the first time you’ve made chili?!!! Wow! I can’t believe that! but hey, you knocked it out of the park with this one!! Fabulous!!!!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 23, 2014 at 11:43 am

Your first chili dish and it looks magnificent! I love it! You have all the right things going on in this pot of chili! I love it Isabel! Now send me a few bowls of it! :)


Renee February 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I’ve never served chili over pasta however seeing your gorgeous and mouth watering photos I’m ready to try it now.


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Nicely done on your very first chili!


Tara February 23, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Good for you stepping into the chili world with such gorgeous looking chili and so unique!! Love anything blue cheese!!


Bea February 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Wow – that sounds and looks amazing plus so creative. Perfect!!!!


Shaina February 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm

This was my first time making chili too! Yay for us :)


Melanie February 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I just love the photos of this chili – can’t wait to give it a try for my family!


Amanda @ MarocMama February 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

If hungry boys rate it a 10 then it’s a must try in my book!


Julie @ Texan New Yorker February 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I make buffalo chicken chili about once a year and we love it. I’m so glad your first experience making chili was so successful!


Manu February 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I love blue cheeseeeeeeeeeee! I am so happy you made chili and liked it… isn’t it yummmmm?? Great recipe Isabel!


Betsy @ Desserts Required February 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Great job making your first chili. I love how you incorporated the foods you and your family enjoy. DELISH!!


Susan February 23, 2014 at 10:27 pm

It’s okay Isabel, I make chili once a year, if that at all! I probably wouldn’t have even made any this year if it wasn’t for our theme this year! You did a wonderful job and this looks perfect!


Tammi @ Momma's Meals February 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

I can’t believe you’ve never made Chili! AH!!! Well you made up for it with this dish, love the idea of trying it over pasta!! Mmmm….


Katie February 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

I still can’t believe you’d never made chili before! It does look like you came up with a stellar recipe. I’ll make a chili related confession while we’re at it: I’ve never had chili served on top of rice or pasta…maybe I am missing out on something here!


Laura February 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

I am just loving the idea of serving chili over pasta. I just love the flavours in this chili, I have a weakness for buffalo flavour.


Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere February 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

This chili looks fantastic! You would never know it’s your first one! And, I’m loving the buffalo chicken flavors!


Soni February 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Such an amazing flavor combo for your first ever chili!!! Sounds amazing and the Blue Cheese dressing takes it to another level :) Yum!!


Jane's Adventures in Dinner February 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm

And a yummy dressing on the top? Just fabulous.


Delaware Girl Eats February 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm

wing sauce — inspired!


Martin D. Redmond February 25, 2014 at 1:00 am

Hard to believe you’d never made chili before! And you hit it out the park! I’ve got to try this! Pinning!


Courtney @ Neighborfood February 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

You hit the chili scene with a bang Isabel! This looks wonderful. I love all the fresh toppings too!


Marjory @ Dinner-Mom February 26, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Love your chili recipe…a perfect introduction to the world of chili!


Julie February 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Great-looking chili! And love that it can be made in the slow-cooker!


Melanie @ Carmel Moments March 1, 2014 at 8:25 am

This looks delicious! I have a family of buffalo chicken lovers and I’m sure they would love this dish! And who doesn’t love the slow cooker? Perfect meal to fix and forget!


Aurica March 4, 2014 at 7:52 am

amazing recipe, healthy, easy to prepare and delicious one ;)


Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá March 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Looks delish!..


FamilyFoodie March 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm

You are so sweet. Thank you! So wonderful to meet you in person.


Nicole March 28, 2014 at 7:17 am

Oh my goodness this looks good! And so incredibly different than regular chili which I am excited about, because I’m not a HUGE traditional chili fan. We will definitely be trying this!


Carl May 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I see “1 tablespoon garlic powder” in the recipe twice. Is this correct?
I also see 2 references to garlic in Instruction 3:
“3. Add the carrot, onion, celery, GARLIC, paprika, chili powder, GARLIC powder, bay leaf, tomato sauce and buffalo chicken wing sauce.” Again, is this correct?


FamilyFoodie May 29, 2014 at 6:41 am

Hey Carl,
Thanks so much for pointing that out. I have now updated the recipe. Really appreciate you reaching out. Let me know if you try this recipe!
All the best,


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