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Slow Cooker Chili Verde

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Make slow cooker chili verde in a WonderBag!  This no heat slow cooker is perfect for hot summers, pot lucks or every day cooking.

Easy Slow Cooker Chili Verde

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and WonderBag, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #WonderBag


I am a huge fan of cooking without heat.  I talk about it pretty much all summer long because when it’s over 110 degrees outside, the last thing you want to do is heat up your kitchen and house.

Slow Cooker Chili

A great low to no heat way of cooking is to use a WonderBag. The WonderBag is a heat retention cooking bag that doesn’t require any electricity to cook food and shortens active cooking time, which means more time to spend with your family.

Did you know that wood fire cooking is the source of major social, economic, and environmental issues in Africa?  It honestly never occurred to me that women in other countries are spending their days around a fire cooking for their families.

Families in Africa that use WonderBag can reduce their fuel usage, saving them money and easing the burden of poverty. Using the WonderBag helps save water, reduces the carbon footprint, minimizes deforestation, smoke inhalation diseases and deaths.


Slow cooker chili

So how does this bag work?

To cook in the WonderBag, you basically make your recipe in a pot.  It works best with 2-9 quart pots with short handles and and a lid. Metal and cast iron work best. I used my very well loved enamel covered cast iron dutch oven.

Make your recipe to the point where it’s ready to cook and bring it to a boil.  Put the lid on the pot, put the pot in the WonderBag and cinch it up.

The WonderBag will keep food warm for up to 12 hours, but most recipes will be ready in a few hours.  Of course, like most  slow cookers, the longer you cook the more tender the meat becomes.

slow cooker chili

After I put the pot in the WonderBag my kids kept asking, “What’s that smell?” It was the chili cooking, but they couldn’t figure out where it was coming from! They didn’t believe me that the big, red bag was cooking our dinner, but it did and it was fantastic.

Slow Cooker Chili Verde

This is such a different type of chili. It’s not quite white or chicken chili.  It’s very unique and easy to adapt to your tastes. I made this with chicken, but I’ve also made it with pork and I’m sure ground turkey would be great in it.

Use as much or little chilies as you prefer and whatever heat you like. I used Anaheim chilies this time around, but have used other types to increase the spiciness.

slow cooker chili

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Slow Cooker Chili Verde

Slow Cooker Chili Verde

Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours


  • 1 pound chicken, cut in to bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (remove seeds/veins for less heat)
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 cup green enchilada sauce or salsa verde
  • 3 cups green chiles, about 3 Anaheim chiles, some diced and some pureed
  • 2 cups cooked white beans (or 1 15 ounce can)


  1. Heat a dutch oven over medium high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil and heat.
  2. Add onion to the dutch oven and cook until translucent.
  3. Add chicken and brown on all sides.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the dutch oven and stir.
  6. Bring chili to a boil.
  7. Cover dutch oven with lid and remove from heat. Place the dutch oven inside Wonderbag and close.
  8. Allow chili to cook for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours.
  10. Do not bring food to a boil. Instead, transfer the mixture to the crock of a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  11. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, chips and/or flour tortillas if desired.

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  • Jeronica Coetzee
    June 5, 2016


    Where can I buy this wonder bag?

  • Miz Helen
    November 1, 2013

    Hi Camille,
    Your Chili Verde looks so delicious and I just love that wonderbag, I will be checking that out. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  • valmg
    October 24, 2013

    I’ve never heard of a wonder bag before. it looks like it would be very useful for travel and outdoor entertaining like tailgating.

  • Lori
    October 24, 2013

    I love this recipe, Camille! I would never think to put enchilada sauce in chili, but it’s so smart, and I’m sure lends so much flavor. And yeah…the Wonderbag is AMAZING! I made chili in mine too, and was so impressed by how much heat was retained.

    • Cambria - Wonderbag
      October 24, 2013

      I can’t wait to try this! We like enchiladas. We like chili. Why not mix the two?

    • Camille
      October 24, 2013

      Thanks, Lori! I’ll pop over to see your chili. I’m always looking for a good chili recipe -especially with my new WonderBag!

  • Amber Edwards
    October 24, 2013

    Your recipe sounds absolutely amazing! And this wonder bag looks fantastic! I would love the idea of it cooking up our crockpot recipes without having to always be plugged in! That would save a lot of electricity too.

    • Cambria - Wonderbag
      October 24, 2013

      That’s what we love about Wonderbag, too! Plus, it’s great to take camping, tailgating or anywhere that doesn’t have electricty available.

      • Camille
        October 24, 2013

        I’m going to try it out at a pot luck next month!

  • Cristine
    October 24, 2013

    Very interesting concept – I will look into it. Love that proceeds get donated to charity.
    Good verde recipes, that is a hard one to get right.

  • Mitch
    October 24, 2013

    Wow, and looks delicious!
    thanks for the info!

  • Miz Helen
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations Camille!
    You are the Third Place winner in The Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2012. Your Chili is delicious and thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    Miz Helen

  • Anita
    October 17, 2012

    Your chili recipe sounds yummy!

    • Camille
      October 18, 2012

      Thanks, Anita! It’s my favorite!

  • Miz Helen
    October 5, 2012

    Hi Camille,
    I love your Chili Verde, and can’t wait to give it a taste! I Pinned your post and Thank You so much for sharing your great Chili with The Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2012.
    Good Luck!
    Miz Helen

    • Camille
      October 6, 2012

      Thanks for hosting, Miz Helen!! Too fun!

  • lisa
    February 29, 2012

    This looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂