Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

So last week, while I was on book tour, a lovely and beautiful young woman asked when I was going to do a podcast. The thought has popped into my mind once or twice, but I’ve just never followed through with it. I’ve never felt passionate enough about one topic to put it into a podcast, since I leave ALL my thoughts here. But it got me thinking, maybe I should try it! I’m testing out some video and trying to teach myself some new things, so why not!

Yesterday I recorded my first podcast. Well, I recorded my first voice memo which I’m hoping to turn into a podcast. But I’m kind of stuck…because I don’t know what the F I’m doing! I’ll figure it out soon…fingers crossed. I’m thinking I may just record some random thoughts while I’m driving, maybe call it ‘On the Road with Juli’ so whenever I drive to the gym and have some sh*t I need to get off my chest, I’ll talk about it there. Yesterday’s voice memo recording was all about alcohol. I get comments and questions about alcohol on a regular basis and someone told me I seem hungover ALL THE TIME, so I just spilled my opinions in an 11 minute rant.

Is there any topics you’d really like to hear about in podcast? Or any tutorials you’d like to see on video? I’m filming a hair tutorial tomorrow so fingers crossed I can figure it out and get it up by next week! Now that I’m beginning to create my own office/studio space, I’m getting really excited to try new things that are difficult to me and learn new skills. Ready to expand out!

Speaking of expanding out, next week I’m heading to San Fransisco to this event that includes 12 other bloggers and myself. I’m not really sure how much I’m suppose to talk about, but I’ll definitely be sharing a blog post about it soon and explaining all the details! The gist of it is that I get to meet up with all these other bloggers, chat food, chat fashion, and hopefully get even more inspired by other women who are working their tail feathers off!! It’s going to be so fun to see what other women are up to when it comes to blogging and creating their own business!

Now wait, we must talk about this chili before I go. Because I ABSOLUTELYLOVEITSOMUCHOMG!! It’s so delicious, so easy, a one pot meal, and there really is no prepping other than just cutting up veggies. It’s that easy. And it’s SO tasty. I really recommend using Frank’s Red Hot Sauce because if you try using a cup of something like Cholula or Tabasco, you’re going to hate your life. Unless you love burning your insides. That decision is up to you.

PaleOMG Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili


Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

  • Yield: 4-5 1x


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 white sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (canned, not drained)
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce)
  • 1/2 cup broth (I used Epic’s Beef Jalapeño Bone Broth)

For garnish


  1. This may get confusing, so good luck.
  2. Place all ingredients in a crockpot (except for the garnishes) and mix together until combine. (no, you do not need to brown the meat beforehand, no need to ask)
  3. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low. Once cooked through, mix once more to combine everything.
  4. Garnish with Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch Dressing, fresno peppers and green onions. A squeeze of fresh lime juice makes it even more fresh tasting!
  5. You did it. You got through the lengthy, super hard process. And you crushed it! HIGH FIVE!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


142 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili”

  1. This is right up my alley and will def be making it soon. I think it would be so fun if you did a podcast! Your snaps crack me up so I’m guessing it would be an extension of that. I die knowing that your MIL is watching haha. Excited for the hair tutorial too!

  2. I was literally thinking the other day about how I wanted to do a ‘crock’ meal this weekend. And then BAM. And even better, is I have most of these ingredients already!!! Yay, thanks Juli!!

  3. OMG…I love this!! Anything buffalo is awesome…I will be making this next instead of the buffalo chicken casserole (which is amazing as well!).

  4. Juli,

    I would LOVE to see YouTube videos from you. If you filmed workouts, vlogs, full days of eating, cooking, and beauty tutorials I would DIE!!! Heck, even blogging advice would be great since you’ve been so successful in starting your own. I have been following your blog for years now, and I think you have a lot more to share than you think 🙂

  5. Knowing that you are continually working on making your self and your business better is very inspiring! Honestly, you make everything look so effortless (even your hard work outs!) so I appreciate you sharing that these things are sometimes hard.

  6. Love the idea for the podcast!!! Since we can’t save your snap stories and you have great ones and you are very motivating for all of us would you do a motivational podcast? Or ways that you motivate yourself and how we can try them?

    I know it’s a rather vague request but I hope you get what I’m trying to ask for lol

    Thank you for everything!

  7. Hi Juli! I love your blog and make sure to get on everyday to see what you have in store for us! I was looking through your other recipes and noticed that you never use olive oil. Do you have a specific reason for this?

    Thanks for sharing! I can only imagine how hard it is to share your life with the world and open yourself up to the negativity, but you keep doing you!!

  8. I would love to have you do a podcast on what to look for when finding a good crossfit gym. After following you for a year now, you inspired me to try crossfit this week. I already work out 4-5 times a week free weight/ barbell training and cardio and would love to change up my fitness routine. I went to a class this past weekend and loved the work out but not the box so much. It wasn’t a super friendly place and didn’t get the best feeling there. I signed up for the fundamentals and after my first session my back is killing me. I’m going to try out a few more clubs. I know you sometimes workout at other crossfits gyms when you travel so I’m sure you have seen all kinds of clubs. I would love to know your thoughts of what makes up a great program and what to be on the lookout for when trying to find a great club. I live in the DWF area and luckily I have a lot to choose from.

  9. Looks great! But I have never seen a white sweet potato at the grocery store, ok to use orange? Are what and orange the same flavor?

  10. Yay! Cannot wait for the podcast! I am also equally excited about this chili and that you referred to me as ‘young’. This is officially my fav blog post ever 🙂

  11. Since I love crossfit, I’d like to hear more about it from someone more experienced. How to improve on movements, strength, endurance, gymnastic stuff, etc.

    Love the blog!

      1. I would love some input for Crossfit for beginners. I’ve been doing Crossfit for about a year, and I still suck at it. When I say suck, I mean, I am not as strong as I want to be. I compare myself to everyone else around me, which I know is not a good thing to do, but it’s inevitable when I’m always the last or the lowest score. No one makes me feel bad about it (the complete opposite – everyone is super encouraging)… it’s just me. So any words of encouragement or advise that you could give for tuning out your mind and focusing on yourself would be great! As well, as any input on how to improve mentally and physically, would be great!!

  12. Not usually a buffalo fan, but you’ve never steered us wrong!! This is in the crock pot now- I may not have 8 hours- would 4 on high and a couple on low work?? Thanks- you’re getting us through a second Whole30 with your amazing recipes:)

  13. I’ll be trying this recipe STAT!
    I would love it if you could do a blog post on how to plan for a dinner party? I cook ALL the time and we have friends/family over for dinner all the time but I still go into panic mode every time I have to menu plan for entertaining. I always get worried about not having enough food and if my main/sides work together, is this paleo food going to annoy everyone? Would love if you could help with a mix/match menu (doesn’t have to be new recipes). Or really just any tips!
    Also- if you have non-paleo friends over to you buy different food for them? Ie. I always forget to buy dinner rolls/bread product and then feel like a bad host! Thanks x

  14. Hi Julie,

    What is the difference between a white potato, white sweet potato, and regular sweet potato? When I google it, I keep finding sites explaining the difference between regular white potato and sweet potato.

    I love your blog and love seeing Jackson on your snap chat!

    🙂 Laura

  15. Hi Juli! This recipe sounds fantastic! I am definitely going to make it over the weekend. Question for you – I don’t like tomato chunks so I was going to omit the diced tomatoes. Will I need to add extra liquid to compensate? Thanks!

  16. Please, please do a podcast!! Your personality lends itself perfectly to a podcast. Plus with all of the people in your network you could have some amazing guests. You don’t have to do hour long episodes, either! Lewis Howes has a great podcast and really launched his whole brand from doing a pocast. You should totally reach out to him. p.s. I know you come to Omaha a lot, will you please do a book tour stop here??!!!

  17. Juli this was a hit at the firehouse! Thanks for giving us healthier options. Your buffalo casserole is also one of our faves 🙂 P.S. I totally feel ya about messed up sleep schedules…I’ve found little that works other than training my ass off the following day and passing out on the couch at 6pm. I know that lack of sleep sucks but it seems to be paying off! Maybe the sister in law could be your assistant while she’s crashing at your place. ..just a thought! Thanks for all you do.

  18. First time trying one of your recipes, and I’m looking forward to making more. This was so simple to throw together and tasted great. Thanks!

  19. This recipe looks great. I have a quick question. I really don’t like sweet potatoes . If I are them out, will it mess up the recipe? Could I replace them with chopped peppers instead? Thank you.

  20. This recipe is great. Made it last night and it was even better for lunch today! Thanks Juli! You’re seriously the best

  21. Could I use chicken breasts instead of the ground chicken in the recipe? If so, does that change any of the recipe instructions? Thank you!

  22. Oh man, this is amazing, I just made it. Trying to figure out Macros but thought I’d ask first. Anyone already get the macros figured on this bad boy?

  23. I made this the other night for dinner… husband killed it and then requested I make it agin this week. This is a keeper in our house!

  24. I made this tonight in my Instant Pot by sautéing the onions, celery, and garlic for a bit then adding the chicken and spices until the chicken was pink, then added everything else and switched it to the soup function for 30 minutes and it was soooo tasty and ready so quick! Totally will make it again and again!

    1. Thanks for this! The first time I made this in the crock pot and it didn’t come out right. The Instapot worked perfect and it was fab!

  25. We had this last night! SO amazeballs. Husband went back for thirds and took the remaining leftovers for lunch today! You Rock Juli! Thank you for all the wonderful free recipes!

  26. I thought about cooking this too late in the day for the crockpot to work so I cooked it on the stove and simmered it for 1.5 hours. So delicious!! Will definitely be making again, and again, and again!

  27. I am totally making this tomorrow!! Everything also seems compliant for whole30. I’ve been meaning to ask you if you’ve ever done a round of whole30 before? If you did, I was wondering what your thoughts were!!

    1. i’ve done it A LONG time ago, and it just wasn’t for me. mostly because i have some disordered eating habits so when i’m locked into something saying i CAN’T have something, i want it more. since i workout, i do really well with rice, potatoes and some gluten free products like brown rice pasta or rice flour bread. i do think whole30 is great for people who need to really reset their body and figure out what they have issues with! let me know if you have more specific questions and i’m happy to answer them!

  28. This chili is great! I doubled the recipe, used chicken breasts and diced red potatoes (not peeled) and simmered it on the stove until the chicken was tender enough to shred. It’s a great meal-prep recipe that we will have multiple times this week. I’ve enjoyed every recipe I’ve made from your blog – thank you SO much! 🙂

  29. I plan on making this today at lunch! I was going to double it though to save some for later, would doubling the recipe fit into a regular sized crockpot? I wasn’t sure exactly how much one recipe made. Can’t wait to try this as the Buffalo Chicken Casserole is my absolute favorite.

    1. honestly, i’m not sure. crockpots really range in size. mine is pretty big and i THINK it could hold double, but it would be cutting it close.

  30. I need to take a second to recognize how AWESOME this recipe is. I love to make chilli in the crockpot and separate it for lunches during the week. As much as we LOVE eating it, my boyfriend has a sensitive stomach and would wind up uncomfortable and sick for the rest of the day because of the beans. I really love how this chilli has no beans but is still so hearty and tasty. I’ve made it twice already since this has been posted and I’m sure it will carry us through the winter! Thanks Juli, another awesome recipe!! By the way, your podcast is this bomb 🙂

  31. You had me at throw everything in, turn on and leave. This is currently in my crockpot and I’m counting the minutes until I can go home and eat it! Thanks for your great recipes!
    Omaha, NE

  32. I haven’t been able to find any white sweet potatoes in any of my local stores. Is there a good substitute? I found sweet potatoes which I’m not much of a fan of because they are so sweet and yams and even purple sweet potatoes but no white sweet potatoes. Any suggestions of a replacement vegetable?

  33. This was amazing!! Perfect dinner to come home to from work! I prepped it last night, kept it in the fridge, and then turned it on this morning before I left for work! Absolutely delicious perfection of a chili! I love all of your recepies!

      1. I just have to say, my boyfriend and I have already made this again! He prepped it this time 🙂 I’ve been introducing him to paleo (we’re doing a whole 30) and he was shocked that foods would have so much flavor! I, of course, was like “duh” but I kept that to myself 🙂

  34. OH MY GOSH!!!! I made this yesterday and had it last night for supper… is the BOMB!!!! Love it with all my heart and my step dad, who hasn’t been eating much lately, gobbled it down like it was going out of style! Thank you so very much for making this and sharing the recipe!!!

    1. that’s so freaking cool! so glad he liked it and is eating! if he liked that, he may also like my buffalo chicken casserole, check that one out, too!

  35. This is perfect for a cool autumn day. The warmth of the chili and peppers, mixed with creamy goat cheese hit the spot! Highly recommended!

  36. For some reason it won’t let me do 5 stars, only 4 which is annoying cuz this is AMAZING. I made this today with the intention of it being done by bedtime so I could put it in the fridge to eat all busy weekend. Now it’s 9:30pm and I’m eating a bowl cuz it’s soooo amazing! Easiest recipe ever and the flavors are amazing. Thank you!!!!

  37. Pretty sure if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life this would be it! YUMMY! Now call me crazy, but I kinda want to try it with diff cuts of beef too 🙂

  38. This is in the crockpot now, and when I get home from watching football will be ready to eat!! I can’t wait to try it!

  39. Just finished my second bowl of this… I prepped all the veggies last night, and then made my husband put it in the crock pot and add the chicken this morning – SUPER easy for him this morning, still super easy for me last night, and SOOOOOO delicious! Definitely going on heavy rotation this winter! (although I would recommend against accidentaly inhaling the peppers – that didn’t go too well! :() Thanks for another delicious option – you never steer us wrong! 🙂

  40. OMG. I have never left a review/comment on a blog before, but I HAD to with this one. My boyfriend loves buffalo style anything so I made this for him. I knew I would be okay with it but tend to find buffalo sauce overwhelming. But this. THIS! This is insanely delicious! I used ground turkey and turkey bone broth as it’s what I had but it made no difference. The buffalo flavor is there but definitely not overwhelming- just a perfect combination of spice and flavor. I had a second bowl for breakfast just now (with an egg on top) and it was even better! Thank you so much Juli xo

  41. Attempting to make a double batch tonight bc it’s sooo delish!! Any idea how much longer it would have to cook??

    Ps. I wanted to rate it 5 stars but it only let me give 4!!

  42. I decided to try this recipe because I knew I’d be busy making dishes for Thanksgiving and I didn’t want to have to eat something junky, so I threw this in my instant pot early this afternoon. When it comes to spices I usually just freestyle it with a few shakes, usually like a little extra flavor in my food. But , at the very end as I was adding the spices, in my hurry to scoot my 4 childern out of the kitchen, and not lose my mind, I had accidentally added cinnamon instead of cumin. I was upset that I ruined the recipe, but like a true artist, I decided, wth and went with it. Several hours later when I opened the pot the cinnamon smell was pretty intense, but shockingly when I feed my extremely picky family, they all really enjoyed it! I ❤️when a cooking mistake turns into a cooking triump! Thanks for delicious, filling, recipe the whole family would actually eat!

  43. I had to use turkey instead of chicken, an orange sweet potato instead of white and tomato paste with extra broth instead of tomato sauce because it’s what I had. This is super yummy! I cooked the meat with the onion, garlic and potato first, and used the soup function on the Instant Pot, like someone else commented. It was perfect and so fast. “Pretty legit” said the world’s pickiest man (who isn’t paleo). I love anything I can add ranch dressing to. And anything I can hide veggies from my family in. 🙂

  44. Do you know what the nutrition values are for this recipe (minus the accoutrements)? I’m doing a nutrition challenge at my gym (paleo, but no sweeteners like raw honey or maple syrup). Love your recipes… Thanks!

    1. i have no idea but i’m sure you could figure it out through a nutritional calculator online! i’ve heard is good for that!

  45. This recipe was great, especially for my non-paleo-buffalo-loving husband. Thanks for introducing me to white sweet potatoes! It was a great change of pace from the regular ones. Next time, I might play around with the ratios a tiny bit as Frank’s hot sauce is a little on the salty side for me. Look forward to making it again this winter.

  46. Do you have any of the nutritional information for this recipe? I’m trying to lose weight and I’m tracking my food, I could be missing it somewhere. Thanks!

  47. I just made this and it is so delicious I couldn’t not comment! Thank you so much! Couldn’t find the ranch so I mixed greek yogurt and SimplyOrganics ranch seasoning and it was great, for those looking for a substitute (not paleo, but light!)

    Easy and amazing – I might be making this once a week for the foreseeable future 🙂

  48. Injust made this for a Super Bowl party and it was a hit!!! I like my chilli with more both so I doubled the amount of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, abd chicken broth.

  49. I made this the other night and it was awesome! I made it in the pressure cooker and it turned out great!

  50. Barley made it through but I persevered and it’s cooking away! Love your sarcasm and recipes! Thank you!

  51. Another must make from Juli! I made mine in my instant pot, topped my bowl with homemade ranch and extra buffalo sauce and it was deeeelish!

  52. I have made this 3 times and always loved it. Today it came out dry and mushy. I followed exactly. So weird 🙁

  53. I made this per the recipe and the flavor is overwhelming! be ready for good spice throughout. only suggestion would be to do one of two things:

    either brown the meat, so it keeps its form more, as putting the ground chicken in raw ended with a texture of the meat that was a bit off putting to my family as its basically boiled, OR

    take two chicken breasts instead of the ground chicken, place in the pot with all ingredients, and about 6 hours in, when you stir it all, shred the chicken breasts up and stir.

    Flavor is GREAT with this, and i love the layers of flavor with the ingredients

  54. Have you tried this in an instant pot? I know it has a slow cooker setting but is not the same. Wondering if there’s an IP version or if you have used the slow cooker on the IP for this. Thank you!

  55. I’m meal planning for the week and love this recipe but I live alone. This will be my dinner this week. Is this freezable? If not, how long do you think it’ll last in the fridge?

  56. This was…. SO GOOD!!!!! I’ve made a few of your recipes and EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF THEM. has been effing AMAZING! I am in LOVE. <3 <3 <3. Too much? Too soon? I don't care! You are a culinary genius. Swoon.

  57. I’ve made this several times in my instant pot and I absolutely love it! The flavor is fantastic. It’s one of my favorite recipes and it’s so easy.

  58. This recipe is so easy and delicious. I’ve made it for several different events and always get rave reviews. It’s a great way to show non-paleo eaters that paleo is tasty and healthy.

    I tried to give the recipe 5 stars but it keeps reverting back to 4.


    I make oxalate kidney stones and so I have to avoid high-oxalate foods. Those include almonds (*cry*) spinach (*scream*) and…sweet potatoes (*gasp*). So I have used two sliced bell peppers for a low-oxalate (and low-carb) option or green plantains (which only have high oxalate in the stems and leaves, not in the fruit) for a higher-carb option.

    I like my buffalo with a pinch of crumbled bleu cheese, personally.

    1. I followed another commenter’s suggestion. I use the sauté function to brown the chicken with the diced onions and celery and all the seasonings, and once the meat is cooked I add everything else and use the soup function for 20 minutes, then quick release and serve.

  60. Nothing about this recipe is optional (I’m looking at you, fresh lime wedges). This is hands down my favorite recipe to make. The flavor is incredible. I’m so excited for the cooler weather because it means I get to make this on a regular basis for the next several months. I’ve never cooked it in the slow cooker – I always use my instant pot and it turns out perfect every time. Thanks for an amazing recipe Juli.

  61. Juli – This is one of my FAVORITE recipes and I’ve tried A LOT of your recipes. I actually didn’t read the directions clearly and used chicken breasts (which I cut up into chunks) instead of ground chicken. It came our more like a stew instead but still SO DELICIOUS!

  62. I used chicken breasts instead of ground turkey by accident. I think it still turned out great though! My fiancée told me I ruined it though!

  63. Beth Ann DiBella

    First time visitor to your site! Can anyone comment on just how HOT this recipe is? I have a 6 y/o who likes some spice, but obviously not fire hot. Wondering if I should halve the Frank’s Hot sauce or leave, as is. Thanks in advance!

  64. This was delicious! Threw it all in the instant pot and accidentally bought orange sweet potatoes so subbed it for normal white potatoes that I also had. I cant stand yellow sweet potatoes and didn’t want the chili that sweet. 🙁 So easy to make. Threw it in for 20 mins and voila! Made ranch with fat free Icelandic yogurt and Whole Food’s ranch mix. mmmmm 🙂

  65. I just made this and seriously, OH MY GOSH- this is amaaaazing. You are an angel for creating such a concoction. This is officially a new favorite for my family and I !!

    1. sadly there is a glitch in my system that i’m trying to troubleshoot, but here are the ingredients in the meantime! i’m so sorry for the inconvenience!
      1 pound ground chicken
      1 white sweet potato, peeled and diced
      2 carrots, peeled and diced
      2 stalks of celery, diced
      1 yellow onion, diced
      2 garlic cloves, minced
      1 teaspoon chili powder
      1 teaspoon smoked paprika
      1 teaspoon cumin
      1 teaspoon salt
      1 cup tomato sauce
      1 cup diced tomatoes (canned, not drained)
      1/2 cup hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce)
      1/2 cup broth (I used Epic’s Beef Jalapeño Bone Broth)
      For garnish
      Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch Dressing
      sliced fresno peppers
      sliced green onions
      fresh lime wedges (optional)

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