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Ranch Chicken Chili {Easy Prep, Gluten-Free}

We love Ranch Chicken Chili straight from the pot on a cold winter’s day. This is one of those easy dump and go soup recipes that’s prepped in mere minutes, friends!

What is a dump recipe? It basically means you open the can and add it to the pot!

Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook but I’m busy, too! So it’s all about getting food going and heading out of the kitchen at my house.

This healthy and cozy recipe is made with only 9 ingredients, and only ONE of those ingredients has to be chopped. Not feeling the cutting board challenge?

No worries, I have a fix for that.

Ranch Chicken Chili Ingredients:

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts – plain old chicken breasts will be infused with flavor! If you prefer dark meat, substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  • Chopped onion – this is the only ingredient in this recipe that needs to be chopped. If you just can’t talk yourself into the drudgery of onion chopping, you can totally sub 2 tsp minced, dried onion or a teaspoon of onion powder.
  • diced tomato with chiles – we call this Rotel in the midwest, regardless of brand. Simply open the can and dump it in. If your eaters have super picky taste buds, you could substitute a can of petite diced tomatoes instead.
  • black beans – open them, rinse and drain them, and then add them to the chili|
  • dry ranch dressing mix – the little envelope you find at the market. If you really, really want to up your game you can add these ranch seasonings instead.
  • taco seasoning  –  we’re using taco seasoning instead of chili powder to mix things up. It pairs with the ranch beautifully!
  • Corn – fresh, frozen or canned. You choose!
  • chicken broth – adds a burst of flavor. Vegetable broth works, too.
  • cream cheese – if you’re watching calories you can substitute light cream cheese, sometimes called neufchatel 
  • Garnishes and toppings – Chopped cilantro, lime wedges, shredded cheese or sour cream. 

I’ve been making this crockpot recipe for almost a decade now, and have recently started making this as an Instant Pot recipe, too.

Damn!! That makes me sound old.

So listen to me as a wise old woman when I tell you that you should add this to your meal plan repertoire.

I take the flavors of one of my favorite things – taco inspired anything – and added the flavors of chili, too. Instead of chili powder, we’re subbing in taco seasoning.

The best part is, my picky eaters love it and it’s gluten free, too!

ranch chicken chili

Prep time? How’s 5 minutes? 

Cook time varies depending on if you’re using your crock pot or Instant Pot but I promise, this recipe is easy peasy.

We top our Taco Ranch Chicken Chili with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and a lime wedge squeezed on top.

You can go crazy and add shredded cheddar cheese or a dab or two of hot sauce. 

However you make it, you’ll want to go back for seconds.

If you like rich and creamy soup, you’ll like this Italian White Bean Soup and Crockpot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.

And if Ranch is your thing, be sure to check out my Healthy Ranch Salad Dressing!

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made with love, Deanne
Yield: 6 servings

Ranch Chicken Chili

Ranch Chicken Chili

We love Ranch Chicken Chili straight from the pot on a cold winter’s day. This is one of those easy dump and go soup recipes that’s prepped in mere minutes, friends!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes


  • 1.5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 10 ounces diced tomato with chiles (Rotel)
  • 12 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 packed dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning (include link)
  • 1 cup corn
  • 12 ounces chicken broth (check amount)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • Chopped cilantro and lime for garnish (optional)


    1. In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except cream cheese, cilantro and lime. Stir to combine.
    2. Cook over low heat for 6-7 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours, until chicken is cooked through to a temperature of 165 degrees.
    3. Using tongs, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and cut it into cubes or use two forks to shred it. Add the block of cream cheese and stir. Allow to cook another 30 minutes until the cream cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.
    4. Ladle into bowl and serve with choice of toppings, including cilantro and lime wedges.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1068mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 18g


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Linda Wright

Saturday 6th of March 2021

This is pretty high in sodium, possibly from the ranch & taco seasonings. Any hints to substitute and lower? DH has to watch for heart issues otherwise looks great!

Deanne Frieders

Thursday 11th of March 2021

Hi Linda! You could lower the sodium depending on what taco seasoning you use. I have a taco seasoning recipe on the site and you could omit the salt. Hope that helps!

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