Taco Ranch Chicken Chili

Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins
Total 45 mins

This amazing Taco Ranch Chicken Chili is made with just 5 ingredients in a slow cooker or instant pot! Perfect weeknight dinner!

I’m back with a new recipe – this time something savory and healthy! This Taco Ranch White Chicken Chili is is made with just 5 ingredients in a slow cooker or instant pot!

It is the perfect weeknight dinner and I even made a quick video to show just how easy it is to whip up. (Scroll down to watch the video right above the recipe!)

This amazing Taco Ranch Chicken Chili is made with just 5 ingredients in a slow cooker or instant pot! Perfect weeknight dinner!

It feels like it has been 10 years since I have been here with a new recipe. I know it’s only been a few weeks, but it feels so much longer.

I hope all of you had an amazing time with your families celebrating the holidays! This year Christmas was probably one of the best Christmases I have ever had.

The girls were old enough to be excited about their toys and I loved watching their faces as they unwrapped their many gifts. Then we did sparklers on New Years — another first — and now somehow here we are in mid January.

This amazing Taco Ranch Chicken Chili is made with just 5 ingredients in a slow cooker or instant pot! Perfect weeknight dinner!

My Mom came up with this crock pot recipe by complete accident and I loved it so much I stole it and started making it super quickly in my instant pot that I got for Christmas.

It is a mash up of a white chicken chili and our favorite salsa chicken combined into one amazing meal. It might sound a little different, but I promise the flavors pair perfectly together and the whole family will love this recipe. My girls gobble it up — and trust me, that is saying something!


This Taco Ranch Chicken Chili can be made in a crock pot in 4 hours (or 8 hours), or in an instant pot in about 30 minutes from start to finish. It also happens to be gluten free for anyone with an intolerance.

We love to top it with a little sour cream, fresh lime juice and occasionally cilantro if I happen to have it on hand. Then I make a quick batch of corn muffins or buttery beer bread to go with it. It’s a big bowl of delicious comfort food that is also healthy.

Recipe Note: This is what the can looks like for the white chili beans. Make sure and get these that are in a flavored sauce already.

Yield: 4 servings

Taco Ranch Chicken Chili

This amazing Taco Ranch Chicken Chili is made with just 5 ingredients in a slow cooker or insta pot! Perfect weeknight dinner!

This amazing Taco Ranch Chicken Chili is made with just 5 ingredients in a slow cooker or instant pot! Perfect weeknight dinner!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 3 (16 oz) cans of Bush’s White Chili Beans (do not drain)
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel (do not drain)
  • 1 (1.25 oz) packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 (1 oz) packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 1.5 lb chicken breasts
  • optional toppings:
  • lime wedges
  • sour cream
  • cilantro


  1. Mix together white chili beans, rotel, taco seasoning, ranch seasoning and chicken breasts.
  2. INSTANT POT: Cook for 15 minutes at high pressure. Do a quick release.
  3. SLOW COOKER: Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  4. Shred chicken and stir to combine. Serve in bowls with optional toppings of lime juice, sour cream and cilantro. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 517Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 171mgSodium: 1985mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 7gSugar: 9gProtein: 69g

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This amazing Taco Ranch Chicken Chili is made with just 5 ingredients in a slow cooker or instant pot! Perfect weeknight dinner!

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66 Responses
  1. Christine

    I made this last night in the crock pot. I wanted to do instant pot but after reading the comments about the burn warning and not coming to pressure, I decided to go the sure route with the crock pot. It turned out great, kids really liked it and hubby had seconds. Made enough for leftovers. I used mild Rotel and mild taco seasoning. I think next time I’ll use low sodium taco seasoning (it was a little too salty to me but no one else complained) or make my own. 

  2. Julie

    I made this several times for my family. They loved it so much that it was gone in one day and I doubled the recipe. 

  3. Nikki P

    This looks so good and will have to try again. I doubled the recipe because i have teenage boys and continually got the burn error after several attempts and even adding water to thin it out. ☹️

    1. Jessica

      Do you have any chili flavored white beans? If not, maybe you could try adding chili seasoning packets with canned white cannelloni beans? 

  4. Tiff

    In the ingredients list, is it just Rotel diced tomatoes or diced tomatoes with chillis or something else added?

  5. Maria

    I made this today in the crockpot and it was perfect! Quick, Easy, and full of flavor. I used all organic ingredients, only used 2 chicken breasts, added black beans (drained, rinsed) and 1/2 cup fresh sweet corn. Served with quinoa, flaxseed tortilla chips. My kiddos ate 2 bowls each. Sadly, no leftovers. Will be making this again and again.

  6. Amy

    Help! I’ve tried this recipe three times and not once has it come to pressure in my IP. I have a 6 qt. Do I need to add liquid? I’ve never had this problem with any other recipe before. 

  7. April

    I didn’t take the time to cook in crock pot. I used rotisserie chicken and mixed all in a pot and simmered. It was delicious!

  8. Linda

    Terrible recipe. Needs broth or you will get the burn message. Also needs to advise user to layer all items and not stir.

  9. Heather

    I couldn’t find the white chili beans at Wal-Mart. Do you think it’ll work ok with the chili beans that are “small red beans?”

    1. CJCairns

      Walmart sells white cannelloni beans (white kidney beans), Great Value brand. I suppose you can add chili powder as they are not flavored.

  10. Christina Tocash

    My IP never came to pressure, but it did start cooking and counting down. When it beeped done there was no steam to release. There was also a layer of burnt food on the bottom of my pot. I have read that you are not to stir in tomatoes because they will scald, Have you experienced this before? The chili was good.

  11. Govinda

    I just got my instant pot yesterday, I haven’t even taken it out of the box yet. I was wondering if I could make this with frozen chicken breast and how that would affect the cooking time.

  12. Chris

    I’m so bummed.  I had the same problem as above.. it’s my first instant pot “fail”. Pin never popped up. I tried un plugging and retartaring and tried adding more water.. just would t work.. so weird.  Is the liquid from the beans too think to bring up pressure? 

    1. Natalee Mason

      Same problem… twice! I believe it’s the starchy beans… drained the entire pot through a colander into a bowl, replaced the chicken and “juice” worked fine. Added the beans back at the end after releasing the pressure. Since the beans that are used are already cooked, I see no issue next time to add the beans after. I also think I will do the same in the future with already cooked beans if there are a large amount.

  13. Sharon

    I made this today in my pressure cooker and it was very tasty. Used 1.5 lbs of chicken breast in two pieces. It was a little dry. Also, some of the beans scorched to the bottom. Is that normal? I think next time I would cut the chicken in half so it wasn’t so thick maybe?? IDK, I’m still new at this pressure cooker stuff. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Jessica

      Hi Sharon! When I shared this recipe I was also very new to the instant pot. I have tested this recipe a ton and found it actually just needs 15 minutes at high pressure! So this should fix the burning at the bottom. Sorry that happened but glad you still enjoyed it!! 

  14. Jody

    I couldn’t get mine to come to pressure. It cooked but the pin on the top of the pot never popped up. I even made sure nothing was scorched to the bottom of the pot. I added some water the second time and still wouldn’t come to pressure. Any ideas why. I made another meal after and it came to pressure, so there nothing wrong with the pot. 

    1. Sean

      I tried this recipe last night and had the same issue. I tried several times. Cleaned the lid, ring, pin, unplugged it, plugged it back in, everything I could find on the internet to troubleshoot the problem all with no luck. No idea why

      1. Giselle

        I’ve had the same issue twice with this recipe. I’m going to try adding a cup of chicken broth next time so that it has enough liquid. I’m thinking the 3 cans of beans make it too dense/thick & needs to be thinned out for it to fully pressurize?

        1. Kimmy

          I had the issue of it giving me the burn message. When I added some broth- and scraped bottom- still would not come to pressure. What would’ve taken 30 minutes took about an hour and a half. I was hoping to repost this on my blog- but I need to fine tune it I guess.

  15. ROB

    This came out excellent!!! Only thing I would do different is use only half of the ranch as a full packet overpowered but that’s just my take. 

  16. Dev

    I love this recipe. I will definitely try it at home to impress my children. Thanks for sharing this and please keep sharing this type of delicious recipes.

  17. Josh

    Made this yesterday for my family in the instant pot. I’m in high school and learning to help make dinner. My whole family enjoyed it and asked me to make it again next week. Thank you for the recipe.

  18. Cass

    I loved how easy this was to make but found it extremely salty! Any suggestions on how to tame it down? I’m thinking either add some water or next time only use half of the taco and ranch packets.

    1. Jessica

      I usually use the reduced sodium taco seasoning. You can also make your own taco seasoning and just keep the salt out completely! 

  19. Laura adleta

    We had a chili cook off at work and I made this chili and won with. Perfect score of 10 from everyone who voted. Only thing I added which not in the receipt was a tap of ground cumin. 

    1. Lisa

      Were having a chili cook off this week and I would like to try this recipe. I read an above comment that the cilantro makes a difference, but we will just be giving the judges the chili not all the fixings. Is that what happened at your work? I’d love to know your additional secrets. 🙂

    1. Jessica

      It means to set your Instant Pot for 30 minutes. It will take a little longer than 30 minutes for it to get to pressure, but it will cook at pressure for 30 minutes. Hope this helps! (You can also use the chicken setting and make sure it’s at 30 minutes!)

  20. Melanie | Melanie Makes

    Can’t wait to try this in my new Instant Pot – it looks amazing! And always love the black background on your site. 🙂

    1. Caron

      Didn’t work in my Instant Pot.  Got the “burn” error.  Too thick.  Tried adding a cup of water, still got the “burn” error.  Ended cooking in on the slow cooker feature of the Instant Pot.

  21. Michelle Goth

    I’m new to the world of chicken chili. I found out recently that it existed and I’m hooked. Love this recipe!

  22. Cookin Canuck

    I’ve been using my Instant Pot so much and I can’t wait to try this recipe.  There’s nothing better than a big bowl of chili on a chilly night.

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