Weekly Recipes

Barb’s Green Chili


Bird and Bacon Green Chili

Barb Dennis created this flavorful green chili – 1st place winner of the Denver Chili Fest green chili cookoff. Easy, classic slightly thickened chili that cooks in a crockpot overnight.

This recipe from Barb Dennis won 1st place at the Denver Chili Fest. It was an exceptionally good green chili, really good flavor. And it’s a bit different from our typical entry – we don’t get many chicken green chilis.

On a side note, 3 weeks ago I worked the Big Chili in Evergreen. I must have tasted over 50 chilis. There were only about 3 or 4 that were even close to this for really good flavor.

Barb's Bird and Bacon Green Chili
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Robust, very flavorful green chili stew with chicken and bacon.
Recipe type: Green Chili Stew
Cuisine: Southwestern
Serves: 3 quarts
  • 1½ lbs. diced chicken breasts
  • ½ lb. thick cut bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1½ cups diced roasted green chili (I use Big Jims)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • ½ tablespoons cumin
  1. Fry bacon till quite crispy, remove from pan and drain, when cool crumble bacon into bits depending upon how much bacon grease is in pan, remove some if necessary and add chicken
  2. Salt & pepper chicken, then cook chicken in bacon fat till done, usually, 5 to 7 minutes
  3. Add onions & garlic cook till done, 3 to 4 minutes
  4. Add flour to pan and cook 2 to 3 minutes
  5. Add water and broth
  6. Add green chilies, tomatoes and cumin
  7. Add crumbled bacon bits to chili, stir well, cover and let simmer on stove for about an hour
  8. Put in crock pot on low setting and let cook for at least 12 hours
  9. I let it stay in the crock pot overnight

Note – we are still in peak chile season! Download a coupon for 2 bushels for $35 at Morales Family Chile Store here. They also have a very nice variety of chile powders (which can be hard to find), such as green chile, jalapeno, Dynamite, Habanero, Scorpion, and Ghost chile powder. Fabulous in green chili recipes.

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