You guys…Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili is to die for! It’s creamy, has crunchy bits of savory and smoky bacon, plenty of cheese and is oh so comforting! Plus it’s can be made in the pressure cooker or the slow cooker which means it’s super duper easy to make! Can’t beat that!
Raise your hand if you have teenagers? So…you really don’t get much sleep right?
Let’s back up just a few years. Like back to when my oldest was first born. I mean I knew he wasn’t going to sleep through the night for the first little bit, but I had no clue how long the first little bit was going to be.
Don’t judge me here okay? Well unless you agree with me!
As soon as I brought my newborns home from the hospital we started working on a nighttime routine. It went like this; butt, bottle, burp, bed. There was no messing around when my babies woke up at night.
We were awake for one thing and one thing only. To feed them and put them back to bed. I left all the lights off, kept it quiet, and didn’t really even talk to them. Daytime was for visiting and playing games, snuggling, and loving. Nighttime was for sleeping.
Turns out my stern ways worked out for us. All three of my boys started sleeping through the night at three months and have ever since! Lucky me!
I must admit though, whenever I had to get up in the middle of the night I felt like I was the only person awake. Every other person in their right mind (who’s to say I was in my right mind?) was in bed, except me!
After having my first child every time I saw a mom with a newborn baby my mind immediately started feeling tired for her. I understood how ragged she must feel.
Of course newborns make you feel worn out all over! But did you know teenagers do the exact same thing to you? But this time it doesn’t end after three months!
Carson, my seventeen year old, wants to be out dinking around with his friends almost every night of the week. Okay, not almost every night of the week, it is every night of the week; hunting, going to town to eat (2 hour drive), team roping (rodeo), snowmobiling, going to school activities, building bonfires or doing some other activity.
Branson, my 13 year old, is very disciplined and wakes up at 6:00 every morning to practice the piano. Have you ever tried to sleep through an early intermediate version of any song? It doesn’t work very well!
The problem is that I can’t go to sleep until all my little’s, that are bigger than me, are safely tucked in their beds. So I wait up until Carson gets home every night. When he gets home he wants to chit chat and I haven’t kept the same night time rules for teenagers as I did for babies; butt, bottle, burp, bed! Instead I listen!
About 5 ½ short hours later the piano plunking begins and it’s time for me to exercise. How does my sleep time creep away so quickly?
I guess what I’m saying is that if you have teenagers you and I can look at each other and completely understand why we both have huge dark circles under our eyes and why we are half asleep!
If you have a newborn baby, I’m sorry but there is no hope on the horizon of ever getting a full night’s sleep again! It’s just the way it is!
Check out this video to see exactly how to make Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili!
On that happy note that that really didn’t have anything to do with Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili which is why you came here right? Let’s just say all my kids snarf this stuff down no matter what time of the day or night it is!
And if I’m really putting my foot down and making Carson stay home at night Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili is a great way to lure his friends into hanging out at my house! Works almost every time!
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili can either be made in the slow cooker or the pressure cooker. Perfect for days when you need to get dinner ready before your day begins or for those last minute meals.
I’ve always loved my mom’s White Bean Chili which is the base for Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili but there’s just something about adding jalapenos, smoky bacon, and cream cheese that make it indulgent and completely comforting!
Whether you are waiting up until the wee hours of the night, dragging yourself out of bed all night long, or getting a head start before the sun comes up Jalapeno Popper Chili is a lifesaver when it comes to getting dinner on the table in a flash!
Add it to your menu this week! Your whole family will love it! Promise!
And because I’m the mom, and because I can flex my mom muscles which are far smaller and much more in charge than his bigger and stronger teenager muscles, I’m making him stay home tonight and maybe even tomorrow night! Ahhh! I can almost feel my bed right now!
What to serve with Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili!
- Marie Callendar’s Cornbread
- Butter Dips (these are amazing)
- Whipped Cinnamon Butter (and rolls)
- Whole Wheat French Bread
- Garlic and Parmesan Rolls
- Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 jalapenos, seeds removed and diced
- 6 strips bacon, cut into pieces
- 2 T. butter
- 3 cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups shredded chicken
- 1 14.5 oz. can chicken broth
- 1 ½ tsp. Garlic powder
- 1 tsp. Each salt, cumin, and oregano
- 1 8 oz. pkg. Cream cheese
- 3 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 c. heavy cream, straight from the carton
- For topping:
- Grated cheese, additional bacon, corn chips, cilantro, sliced or diced jalapenos.
- NOTE: If you want a little more heat leave seeds in the jalapenos. I recommend wearing gloves when handling jalapenos to avoid burning your skin.
- NOTE: To make this in the slow cooker saute veggies on the stove. Then add all the ingredients except cream cheese, cilantro, and heavy cream to the slow cooker. Let cook on high for about 3 hours or on low for 6 hours. Follow the recipe the same from that point on!
- Set pressure cooker to saute setting and add butter, onions, jalapenos, and bacon. Saute until veggies are tender and bacon is crispy.
- Add beans, shredded chicken, chicken broth, garlic powder, salt, cumin, and oregano. Stir.
- Set pressure cooker to high pressure for 10 minutes. Release steam.
- Add cream cheese. Put the lid back on pressure cooker and let rest for about ten minutes. Stir until cream cheese is incorporated.
- Add cilantro. Pour cream into soup. Stir.
- Serve immediately. We like to top our soup with cheese, more bacon, jalapenos, cilantro, and corn chips.
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