One of my favorite soups is chicken posole. The broth is tasty but the real fun part is garnishing the soup with your favorite toppings. I stole that idea and applied it to this crockpot Mexican chili to bring the best of two worlds. This soup is incredibly easy to make (hello slow cooker!) and it delivers on flavor and texture. This is the best way to end the day, especially on a cold night. Let’s get cooking!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
What’s great about this crockpot Mexican chili is that it’s versatile. The original recipe is vegetarian but you can add ground beef, turkey, even soy chorizo and it’ll all work. I really wanted the soup to reflect the weather so butternut squash is a big player but if it’s not in season, swap it with sweet potatoes or even just potatoes. I used my instant pot for this recipe but if you have an actual crockpot, you will need to saute the vegetables on the stovetop before adding it to the crockpot. If you’re using an instant pot, choose the “saute” setting and saute the vegetables right in the pot.
If you are adding meat, saute the meat before the vegetables. Once the red onion, butternut squash, poblano, red bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic have softened, add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and turn on the crockpot to cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for about 5 hours. It’s literally just as easy as that. Once the soup is ready, taste for final seasoning adjustments. Prepare the toppings including tortilla strips, avocado, cheddar, cilantro, and scallions. If you’re feeling extra wild today, add a few more options like sliced radish, fresh chopped tomatoes, sour cream, or even chopped onion tossed in lime juice.
I made a huge batch of this crockpot Mexican chili and enjoyed it every night for a week. Did I get sick of it? Absolutely not. It was delicious every time, even better the next day!
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