Creamy White Chili

*Update 1/2011: After nearly 2 1/2 years, this recipe continues to be a house favorite. It is creamy, perfectly spicy, and just absolutely phenomenal. Feel free to read through the comments to get a glimpse of many other variations that enhance this chili even more. One way that I’ve started making this is in the slow cooker. It makes it even easier (which is pretty hard because it is a quick recipe to begin with!). I’ve included the slow cooker option below the recipe. Rest assured this chili will win you friends and fame and fortune. Ok, maybe just friends, but I’ll take that.

Creamy White Chili

Yield: Serves 6

Creamy White Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cans (15 1/2 ounces each) Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies (if you like less kick, add just one can)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, saute chicken, onion and garlic powder (or fresh garlic, if using) in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, broth, chilies and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and cream. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired. Serve immediately. This is especially good served with tortilla chips.
  2. Slow Cooker Option: In a medium round slow cooker, place 1 pound chicken breasts (fresh or frozen) without cubing them. Add the chopped onion, garlic powder, beans, green chiles and all of the spices. Do not add the sour cream or whipping cream yet! Reduce the chicken broth to 12 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) and pour in over the other ingredients. Stir the mixture around a bit to incorporate the dry spices. Cook on low for 5-7 hours (if using frozen chicken you’ll cook on the longer end of that spectrum, fresh chicken will cook in less time). Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred in bite-size pieces. Stir back into the slow cooker. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the sour cream and whipping cream until smooth. Whisk the cream mixture into the crockpot with the other ingredients. Let the soup cook until heated through. Serve.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/creamy-white-chili/

Recipe Source: from my wonderful friend, Tori M.

204 Responses to Creamy White Chili

  1. Melanie says:

    Danielle – I’m glad to know this is such a popular (and prize-winning!) recipe. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Danielle says:

    A friend made this for a church chili cook-off last fall and won 1st place. Since then it has become one of our family’s favorites. It doesn’t surprise me at all to find it here. So far I have loved all your recipes that I have tried. Keep ’em coming!

  3. Melanie says:

    Anne – great idea to add the shredded monterey jack cheese (oooh, and I bet pepper jack would be delicious, as well). Thanks for your nice comment – I hope you enjoy looking around and bookmarking recipes!

  4. Anne says:

    I think I love you! I have been bookmarking your recipes all day. I am so thrilled to find your blog with not only tasty recipes , but not overly high fat too! Thank you thank you thank you! Feel like I found a burried treasure here!
    I have a similar recipe to this, but instead of whipping cream, I add about a cup of shredded Monterey Jack Cheese. My whole family LOVES this!
    Thanks for your blog!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve made this twice in the past couple months…when I made it this week, my husband and I fought over the leftovers. Next time I am going to double the recipe, so we have more leftover! Thanks for sharing the recipe :o)

  6. Sarah says:

    This is a fantastic recipe! My friend shared this same recipe with me 2 years ago and I have been using it ever since. I took this white chicken chili to a chili cook-off and won “Most Kid Friendly!” (LOL) I guess because it wasn’t as spicy as some other chilis there. It was gone in about 10 minutes! My kids love it!

  7. Camille says:

    New poster here. Just made this for dinner tonight. This..was…DELICIOUS!!!! Love your blog! Will be making many more of your recipes!!! Thank you!!!

  8. annieseats says:

    Wow, this sounds absolutely delicious! I have actually never tried white chili but it is on my list to try very soon. This will be the recipe I try for sure, you haven’t let me down yet!

  9. Bunny Wilson says:

    Just made this recipe tonight and blogged on it – thanks for a “keeper” meal!

  10. PheMom says:

    I love this kind of chili! This version sounds and looks great!

  11. Leslie says:

    Mmmmmmm..I make pretty much this same recipe as well..but I add sharp cheddar cheese to it!!!YUMMO!Yours looks nice and comforting!!

  12. Melanie says:

    Hi Ali – way to improvise with what you had on hand – I’m glad it still turned out delicious! Thanks for letting me know.

  13. Melanie says:

    Wendy! It’s fun to hear from you. I have to confess that I check out your family blog via Amanda’s now and then for an update. What a cute family! Anyway, thanks for letting me know you like the recipes here – that is sweet and I don’t mind at all if you pass the word along. It is just a fun hobby for me!

  14. thumbbook says:

    Melanie, I followed the link to your post here from Ali-Divine Domesticity and I just wanted to thank you! I also tried it at home and we love it! I would like to invite you to < HREF="http://www.foodista.com/" REL="nofollow">Foodista.com<> – the cooking encyclopedia everyone can edit. We have lots of easy recipes you can try, so do check us out. Would also love a link to this post from our site.(This will direct Foodista readers to your blog)Here’s a sample on how you can create inbound links from our site < HREF="http://www.foodista.com/recipe/VFB3Q4SC/race-car-pancakes/embed" REL="nofollow">Check it out here.<> This is a great way for you to build blog traffic and connect with other food lovers! Also feel free to share your recipes and tips with us!Thanks!

  15. The Bentley Family and Aussiemuminthekitchen says:

    Melanie- I made this for the first time last night. It is actually for dinner tonight but I had to make it in advance in the interest of time. I had a small bowl when I was done and I LOVED it. It was sooo good. Thanks yet again for another wonderful recipe! I think I’ll make your Blitz Bread to go with it.

  16. Ali says:

    I made this today and it was AWESOME!I didn’t have cumin or cayenne pepper, so I omitted those, and it still turned out absolutely delicious! Thanks for the wonderful recipe. 🙂

  17. grace says:

    i love spicy beef chili with plenty of kidney beans, but sometimes a white chili hits the spot, too. this looks like a terrific recipe, and since it’s on your blog, i’m sure it is. 🙂

  18. Melanie says:

    Camille – thanks for commenting!! And I am really glad you liked the soup. It is a real winner in our family, too. Thanks for your kind words!Sarah – I’ve heard from several people they have similar recipes to this one. It looks like it is a hit with lots of people. My friend who gave me the recipe will love to hear that!

  19. Ash says:

    Well you dont know me and I dont know you, but after i ate this chili and a church function tonight (and got my very picky 3 yr old to eat alot) I am sold! The lady who made it gave me this link to your site, and i already have it copies down to make tomorrow! You are my new best friend!

  20. Melanie says:

    thumbbook – glad you liked this creamy chili! I’ll have to check out foodista.com and I’ll let you know what I think. Thanks for the invitation!

  21. Laura says:

    Tried it, loved it. I blogged about it today. Thanks again for another great recipe.

  22. Melanie says:

    MyCozyCreations – wow – those sound like great additions to the recipe. Way to improvise!! I’m so glad your family liked it and I may have to incorporate some of those same changes next time I make it. Thanks for letting me know how it went over!

  23. MyCozyCreations says:

    I made this for dinner last night. With a few changes and it still turned out great! I didn’t have great northern beans so I used pintos (which were really yummy!) and I only had one can of green chilies and we like a lot of heat, so I used that one can and then some salsa verde. I didn’t have whipping cream so I left it out and added more sour cream. And then I added a can of white hominey. It was soooo good! My 3 year old had seconds and my husband ate every last bit! He loved it! Thanks for a great base recipe!

  24. Erin says:

    Mmm, Ilove white chili too. I”ll definitely be trying this recipe this Fall!

  25. Kylie Walker says:

    We had this for dinner and loved it, Nate ate like 5 servings and he kept saying “this is so good, this is so good” so you won your brother’s approval!

  26. Beth says:

    Ive never had white chili before. Im bookmarking this one

  27. Melanie says:

    Bunny Wilson – thanks for commenting back and letting me know you made this. I’m glad you liked it – I think it is a keeper, too, and am glad my friend shared the recipe with me!

  28. Melanie says:

    That’s awesome, Pam, that it is the exact same recipe!! I bet the shredded chicken is awesome. I’ll try it like that next time, I think. Thanks for commenting!!

  29. East Meets West says:

    This soup looks great – I know what I’m making for dinner tomorrow! And I think we’ll be having sugar gems for dessert – great website, I’m glad a friend passed this along to us.

  30. Wendy says:

    Melanie–Almost a year ago Amanda told me about your awesome food blog. We have tried so many of your recipes and loved them all! Thank you so much–we owe many a delicious meal to YOU:-) I hope you don’t mind…but I’ve also told so many family and friends about this blog. You are a great lady Mel–I can tell you’re an amazing mom, wife, person, and baker!

  31. Melanie says:

    Ash – thanks for making me laugh – you seem like the type I WOULD be best friends with…especially if you can give me tips on helping a picky 3-year old eat. Thanks for checking in!

  32. Melanie says:

    Bentley Family – just having you comment on this recipe makes me think I should make it tonight. I think I will since I didn’t have anything else planned! I’m glad you snuck a taste and liked it!!

  33. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – I’m glad I’m not the only one who fights my husband for leftovers! Glad you liked this, thanks for letting me know.

  34. Pam says:

    I have this EXACT recipe and have been using it for MONTHS. I have an allergy to spice though, so I cut out the red pepper… Oh, and you really ought to try boiling and shredding the chicken sometime. Oh. My. GOODNESS! I LOVE it with shredded chicken! (BTW- I just found your site today and I am LOVING it! Those Cinnamon Rolls look heavenly!)

  35. Sophie Bassett says:

    I have this exact recipe, except without the cream and sour cream. I must say, those two things make it wonderful. I loved it before, but love it more now! It’s great served with cheese quesadella’s. Thanks so much!

  36. Melanie says:

    Sophie – I feel kind of bad (but not terribly bad) that I’ve converted one of your favorite soups to be loaded with cream and sour cream, but I agree, it definitely makes it wonderful. I’m glad you liked it. Thanks so much for letting me know!

  37. Anonymous says:

    This soup was awesome. My 6 yr old, who is such a picky eater devoured it. Thanks for another fabulous recipe. The cornbread (with honey butter) is next on my list!

    Kara

  38. Melanie says:

    Kara – whenever I hear that a picky eater ate a particular recipe well, it makes me so happy! I’m glad your 6 year old came through for you on this one. Thanks for letting me know. I hope you like the cornbread, too!

  39. Nate and Kim says:

    Thanks for the great recipe. I probably make a few of your recipes every week. I am making this tonight. Looks perfect for a chilly fall day.

  40. Melanie says:

    Nate and Kim – wow, thanks for your comment! I’m glad that you have tried and liked so many recipes. It makes my day to know that. I hope this chili did not disappoint!

  41. Steph says:

    Haha, I think I am becoming a very regular commenter! I made this tonight for a friend and we seriously licked the bowls clean. Then when my husband came home and saw it he heated it up and licked his clean. He said he was skeptical at first because he doesn’t like beans much but it was one of his favorites! He wouldn’t even let me freeze the leftovers because he wanted to take them for lunch the next day! Once again you are AWESOME!

  42. Melanie says:

    Steph – I love the comments, so keep them coming! I’m glad this soup was finger licking (or I guess bowl licking) good! Thanks for letting me know…I’m especially glad the picky husband liked it!

  43. Anonymous says:

    I made this tonight! I loved it, thanks for the receipe.

  44. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – thank you! I’m glad you liked the recipe.

  45. Anonymous says:

    I made the creamy white chicken chili last night. It was absolutely wonderful!

  46. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – I’m glad you liked this recipe! It is such a good one and my family loves it, too. Thanks for letting me know!

  47. Anonymous says:

    My husband’s work had a chili cookoff, so I told him he really should make this white chicken chili so it would stand out. I had a feeling everyone would show up with variations of a red chili (which they did). Well, thanks for the great recipe…he won first place!

    Kara

  48. Melanie says:

    Kara – wow, first place!! Great job on your husband’s part. How fun! Thanks for letting me know.

  49. Lisa says:

    Hi, I found your blog recently and have enjoyed checking it out. I made the White Chili for dinner tonight and everyone loved it.

    Lisa

  50. Melanie says:

    Lisa – thanks for letting me know this was a hit!

  51. Anonymous says:

    I made this for my family last weekend, it was a big hit. I loved that it had a kick but not too much and not too little. For my kids, I just added to dollup of Sour Cream, just to take the edge off. Very good!! Thank you. – Meagan, ATL

  52. Melanie says:

    Meagan – Glad you and your family liked this! Thanks so much for letting me know.

  53. Pam says:

    I made this for my husbands Chili contest at work and guess what..it won first place! It is delicious.

  54. Melanie says:

    Pam – yay! That is great news…thanks for letting me know. I’m glad it was such a hit.

  55. Shantai says:

    I posted this recipe in our weekly Relief Society announcement and the next week everyone was raving about it!! THANKS!

  56. Melanie says:

    Shantai – great news. Thanks for sharing!

  57. Julia says:

    LOVE this soup and so so many of your recipes. I’ve known about your blog for a couple months now and have made so many of your recipes, including this one a few times. It is fabulous! I crave it all the time. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes, I have a fabulous cookie one I should pass on, white chocolate cheesecake cookies, they’re a big hit at all the events I’ve taken them to and fun for a change. Thanks again!!

  58. Melanie says:

    Julia – thanks for your comment! I’m so glad you like this soup and all the other recipes you have tried. And now, SEND ME YOUR RECIPE! Seriously, I’d love to have it, it sounds delicious.

  59. Melanie says:

    Amy – if everyone of those 4 adults and 2 kids eat pretty average sized portions, you are probably fine making a normal batch of this but you probably won’t have much leftover. If you don’t mind leftovers and want the peace of mind knowing that everyone can eat as much as they like, I would suggest at least one-and-a-halving the recipe or doubling. Hope it works out!

  60. Amy says:

    Melanie–I’m planning on making this for 4 adults and 2 kids. would you suggest I double it? do you think it would fit in a 6 quart pot doubled?? Thanks! I LOVE your site!!

  61. Melanie says:

    bebemamakalei – well, I’ve never heard of a Presto Kitchen Kettle but I’ll be curious to know if you liked the end result!

  62. bebemamakalei says:

    Instead of cooking it on my stovetop, I opted to try and cook it in my Presto Kitchen Kettle. I have it simmering right now!! It smells delicious and I can’t wait til its done!!

  63. Melanie says:

    mysie – how funny! We both made this the same night. I’m so glad you liked it, especially with your adaptations! Way to go!

  64. mysie says:

    Thanks so much – my husband and I are enjoying this right now! I somehow had no cumin available so I put about a half packet of taco seasonings instead (left out the cayenne too because that’s in the packet), and used some chipotle peppers instead of chillies (not a fan). Turned out awesome! Thanks!! 🙂

  65. azlabrat says:

    I don’t keep heavy cream in the house, so I used extra sour cream and just skipped the cream, I cooked the beans from dry and just used one pound of dry northern beans cooked in chicken broth, we also had an 8oz block of hot pepper processed cheese stuff (I’m not sure how it got here, but it was still good so I used it) I chunked that up and added it in at the end and let it melt through. It was good. I would have needed extra heat if I hadn’t added the peppered cheese, but I like my food spicy so that is personal taste.

  66. Melanie says:

    azlabrat – thanks for detailing your changes – it sounds delicious and I’m glad it turned out well for you.

  67. Jason and Lesley says:

    I loved this chili! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  68. Melanie says:

    Jason and Lesley – I just made this chili again today, too. Glad you liked it!

  69. smodi says:

    Hey Melanie! Just found your site!! YUM YUM!! My mom have been making this recipe since I was a little girl some 40ish years ago and I absolutely love it. It is my feel good food! I am so glad to see so many people are enjoying it! I think I will make it tonight! LOL

  70. Melanie says:

    Hi smodi – welcome and thanks for your vote of confidence on this soup. So simple and delicious!

  71. Erin B says:

    Was already planning to make this type of chili for dinner tonight and then a friend sent me your post about pretzels (btw, she made them and is RAVING about them). I am so making this tonight. Yum!

  72. Melanie says:

    Erin b – thanks for your comment! I hope you like this soup (and I’m glad your friend loved the pretzels!).

  73. Shanna says:

    This was as tasty as promised! I used both cans of chilies and the kids DID complain of the spicy heat BUT ate it all anyway 😉

  74. Melanie says:

    Shanna – glad that despite the complaining, the kiddos still ate up!

  75. Reagan Law says:

    going to try this tonight!!! I’ve been making lots of your recipes and have found some keepers!!! thank you!! I have been putting the links on my blog, hope I’m doing it right :)!!

  76. Melanie says:

    Reagan Law – I hope the white chili worked out for you! I don’t mind at all if you repost the recipes…thanks for linking back to my site!

  77. Anna says:

    This was so yummy! We had it for dinner last night and a few bites in my husband said, "We should definitely have this again!" I had the leftovers tonight and I think it was even better the second day. Loved it!

  78. Melanie says:

    Anna – well that's a good review from your husband! I'm glad…thanks for letting me know!

  79. Kaitlyn says:

    Honestly, this is the first time I've ever used 'real' spices. I know! But I'm slaving away in University and my mom usually cooks. Anyway, my entire family has been begging me to make this over and over again – a real first around here because everyone is so picky and peculiar about their food.I'm Canadian, and maybe white chili is common in the USA but I'd never heard of it here. I'm glad I tried it anyways! Thanks so much! I've been browsing your site ever since I tried your peppermint cookies and everything I've tried is spectacular!

  80. Melanie says:

    Kaitlyn – thanks for commenting! I'm so glad this soup was a hit with your family and that you have been getting requests to make it again and again. Thanks for letting me know (and good luck cooking while managing a University schedule)!

  81. Annie D says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and WOW was it great! Followed the recipe exactly and it was awesome. My 3 children (twins 17 & 12 yr old) raved– 5 stars! I am always looking for something quick and flavorful for weeknight dinners and this is it!

  82. Melanie says:

    Annie D – glad this was a hit with your kids – thanks for letting me know!

  83. Danielle says:

    I whipped this up in less than an hour and simply put, it was delicious. The chicken was tender and the flavors were great. The only thing I added was a little crushed red pepper to make it spicy.

  84. Melanie says:

    Danielle – I bet crushed red pepper would be fantastic in this…glad you liked it!

  85. Gina says:

    I made this white chili on Monday night, and it was truly wonderful! I used both cans of chiles, and I think I goofed and doubled the cayenne (1/2 t.), so it was a little on the spicy side, but that’s okay by me. The sauce seemed a little thin to me, and as the Great Northern beans cook down, it seemed like the soup was all chicken. So before I heated up the leftovers the next day, I added one can of white kidney beans (cannellini beans), and that bulked up the soup and took the heat down a notch. Plus, I just like some bigger beans in the mix. I will definitely do that again when I make it the next time.

    Also, we added some fun garnishes on top–crushed-up tortilla chips, shredded Mexi-blend cheese, and chunks of avocado tossed with lime juice. YUM!

    Thanks for the great recipe!
    –Gina

  86. Mel says:

    Gina – thank you for detailing your changes…I think that helps as others read through the comments. I’m glad you liked this recipe and your added garnishes sound absolutely delicious (especially the avocado and lime!).

  87. Laura says:

    Melanie,

    Both my husband and I loved this recipe. He was a bit hesitant as I have a white chicken chili recipe that he loves. He wasn’t quite sure why I was trying a new one but after dinner he said it tasted great. Anyhow, thanks.

    One thing I incorporated from my other recipe is I added the juice of one lemon, 1 tsp of lemon pepper and did not use regular pepper.

    This was a winner! Loved using cilantro. That made it taste so much better! Thanks.

  88. Mel says:

    Laura – thanks for your comment! I’m thrilled that your husband overcame his fears of a new recipe and ended up loving it. Love your changes – thanks for letting me know!

  89. Barbi says:

    Hi Melanie~ I told my boys we were having this White Chili for dinner, and of course they fussed about it, so I had them read all the comments on your blog and how so many people thought it was delicious/ yummy / LOVED it.

    Thankfully – this worked, they actually gave it a try, and guess what!? Yep, they thought it was delicious!!!! My 8 year old, though it was a bit too spicy for him, but he gave it a good shot. I will lay off the cayenne pepper the next time we make it, and yes there will definatlely be a next time, so he has nothing to complain about. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  90. Mel says:

    Barbi – that’s funny that you had them read all these comments. I’m glad it made them think a little more fondly on the chili! And thank heavens they liked it! Thanks for letting me know.

  91. Alicia says:

    I am a recent convert to your blog. My friend had made this recipe a couple of times and I loved it. I finally tried to make it myself for the first time last night. I had to use a couple of substitutions because when I went to the store to get the ingredients I lacked, it was closed! So I used canned chicken instead of chopped up chicken breasts. I also substituted paprika for the cayenne pepper and green pepper (tabasco) sauce for the chopped green chilies. It was still delicious. It didn’t have as much kick as the original, but I still enjoyed it, and there were no left overs. I want to make it the “right” way as soon as I can get the right ingredients, but it’s nice to know that if I’m short on time, the canned chicken is still very tasty in this recipe! The whole family devoured it.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Alicia – I love your adaptations for this chili and am thrilled it turned out so well! Way to go…not everyone can just zip around their kitchen throwing this and that in to make a meal work. I’m impressed!

  92. Lacy says:

    Mmmmm this is one of my(and my household of men’s:) favorite recipes of yours. I just wanted to let you know how much your recipes mean to us. You are my go-to gal and you have a huge part in bringing my family closer together with every meal. I hope you continue this blog for as long as possible and my boys will grow up loving them as much as I do! Keep it up! <33333

    • Mel says:

      Lacy – you are so nice! Thank you! As you probably know, I have a household of men, too, so hopefully these recipes will help both you AND me! Thanks again for your comment…it made my day.

  93. Amy G says:

    Melanie, I loved this recipe. I really, really loved this recipe. I was surprised at how good and savory it was. My husband made it, who never cooks, and it was so easy. My kids loved it, and the leftovers were even better. Hats off to this recipe!

  94. Julie Miller says:

    Hi Mel,
    I found your recipe last fall and have made it at least twice a month since. My fiance asks for it on a weekly basis. I always make a double batch but it never lasts more than 48 hours. I can’t wait to try your One-Minute Salsa!
    Thanks so much for what you do!
    Julie 🙂

  95. Rachel says:

    Hi there! I have a work chili cook off coming up, and I’m thinking this might be my winning recipe. Question – can you make this in a crock pot? If so, how long should it cook? I’m just worried because I have to bring the chili in at 8am for an 11am cookoff, and have no other way to keep it warm other than the trusty crock pot – but also don’t want to overcook the chicken. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Rachel – I hope this IS the winning recipe. Yes, you can definitely make this work in a crockpot. I’ve done it before by making the soup like the recipe states and then just keeping it warm in the crockpot until I need to serve it. You could even make it the night before, let it cool and then refrigerate it overnight. Pop it in your slow cooker the next day and let it warm up through the morning. Good luck!

  96. Kensi says:

    This recipe is amazing! We loved it! I’m already looking forward to making it again. I couldn’t find the chopped green chilies so I doubled the cayenne pepper and thought that worked great. Thank you so much Mel! You should put together a cookbook! I would buy one plus more to giveaway as gifts!

  97. Cristal Wooten says:

    YUM! I made this tonight with your cornbread recipe. I am so impressed with both! I did roast and use poblanos instead of green chiles. YUM! My family LOVED them. My husband said that the cornbread and soup was the best he ever had! Thanks so much for sharing your collection of wonderful recipes. Your blog is the best!!

  98. Reyna says:

    Mel Mel Bo Bel, Banana Fanana Fo Fel, Me My Mo Mel…MEL!
    Loved it! Super creamy, flavorful, and delish! I’m just mad I didn’t double it because now I have no leftovers for lunch today. I won’t make that mistake again….

  99. Brooke says:

    I love your website so much!!! I rant and rav to everyone!! I made this chili this morning for our ward chili cook off tonight and It won 1st place.. everyone LOVED it soo much they all want the recipe I was sooo happy!!! thanks for all of your amazing recipes!

    • Mel says:

      Brooke – congratulations on the first place prize! I’m so happy you won and that you have loved the recipes you’ve tried. Thanks for letting me know!

  100. Kimiko says:

    Umm..all I can say is AMAZING. I even think this may be my favorite recipe of yours so far…although I’m curious about your other white chili recipe; I need to try that one too and see how it compares. But this one gets 5 stars from me…and I’m so glad it used up the rest of my turkey leftovers! Now I don’t have to feel guilty about throwing any food out. 🙂

  101. Kimiko says:

    Oh, and I forgot to mention, I didn’t even add the sour cream because I didn’t have any, and it still tasted great! I did add some shredded monterey jack cheese…because I like my chili cheesy. 🙂

  102. Ashlee says:

    So I’m currently in a situation where I have to cook for a 2 year old up to a 98 year old, both of whom are VERY picky, plus it has to pass the 4 month old breastfeeding test (as in not too spicy), and this was a hit!! Thanks for another great, easy soup!

  103. Jennifer says:

    Made this today and the whole family loved it! I wanted to let other readers know that this worked great in my crockpot. My husband is a minister and so Sunday after church lunches are usually late and we’re all starving. So, I put all of the ingredients except the sour cream and heavy cream in the crockpot the night before (2 whole large chicken breasts that were even still frozen) and put it in the fridge. Sunday mornings my husband gets up at 5am, so he pulled it out and turned the crockpot on low. We got home about 12:45, I took the chicken out, shredded it, and added the creams. Cranked it up to high and let it cook some more while the cornbread was baking in the oven. The soup was magnificent! I was so happy it turned out good even though I didn’t do the first steps of cooking the chicken on the stovetop. Thanks for sharing your tasty recipes with us!

  104. juliann says:

    THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!
    By far the best white chicken chili I have ever cooked…..or eaten. I made it a little soupier with more broth and served it over slow cooked white rice. I did also use one can of chiles to see how hot it was and that gave it the slightest kick but just enough to be happy. I ended up using scoops to scoop it all out and it was SO YUM! I am hoping for some leftovers. This will be making a repeat again and again this winter. Time to stock up on white beans and green chilis. Recipe #3 in my Decembermealathon was a HUGE thumbs up! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

  105. Angela says:

    Another winner! Very tasty. It was fantastic comfort food during our winter storm.

    A couple ideas for readers… We use plain yogurt instead of sour cream in recipes — tastes about the same but has a couple extra health benefits. Tastes like low fat sour cream does, so we use it in cooking or on whatever we’d use sour cream for. One less item to keep on hand. And it works great in this recipe too! Also subbed in half-and-half because we didn’t have whipping cream, but worked great.

    We made the batch spicy enough for adults, but added some extra yogurt/”sour cream” in the kids’ bowls, and they loved it. Still plenty of flavor without the kick. It was a hit all around! Thanks Mel!

  106. KarenC says:

    I made this for dinner tonight. It was so good. Loved the flavor of the sour cream, green chilies and cumin.

    I had cannellini beans in the pantry, so used those in place of the great northern beans. I also made some corn cakes to go with the chili. I put one in the bottom of my bowl, poured a ladle of chili over it and sprinkled a little grated monteray jack cheese on top. It was delicious.

    I will definitely be making this again!

    • Mel says:

      KarenC – I am loving all of your comments lately. Thanks for taking the time to leave them! I love the idea of pouring this soup over a corn cake – delicious!

  107. KarenC says:

    Hey… I’m loving your blog. I’m so glad I found it. You’ve got so many recipes on here that I am itching to try. I’ve got a grocery list as long as my arm. LOL

  108. […] for years and refer back to time and time again.  Its position, however, is in peril.  I tried this recipe on a whim last night after randomly clicking on a picture on the sidebar at Mel’s Kitchen […]

  109. Amanda L. says:

    I have been looking for a good white chili recipe forever. For a potluck years ago, a friend brought a white chili she said was from Taos, NM. It was divine! I am lucky enough to have family in NM (we live in WI) that ships me 100lbs of fresh Hatch green chili late every summer that we spend two days roasting in the backyard and freezing. So when I came across this recipe I just had to try it. I am thrilled to report that this chili is EVEN better than my friends! ♥

    • Mel says:

      Amanda – I wish I had family in NM that would send me chiles like that! So lucky! I’m glad that this chili met up to your other expectations…thanks for letting me know.

  110. Jenny says:

    I’ve made this recipe more times then I can count, I love it! I have made a couple modifications to make it low-fat (neither of which change the flavor). The first was to use broth to saute the chicken and onions instead of oil. The other is in place of the cream, I combine equal parts nonfat plain yogurt and low-fat or fat free cottage cheese in a blender until smooth. I’ve served my lowfat version to friends who have also made this chili and they couldn’t tell a difference!

  111. Hilary says:

    I made this chili and entered it in a chili cookoff today. I won 3rd place and it was a huge hit with the crowd. It was the first chili that was all gone. I was the only non beef chili and most of the cooks were guys. So it was fun to place! Thanks for the great recipe! !! Now you know your chili is award winning!

  112. Amy G says:

    This soup has made me a rock star at church. I took it for a soup potluck and now everybody wants the recipe. I literally had people hounding me at home the next day so they could make it for dinner that night. My kids are also crazy for this. We actually argue over who gets the leftovers the next day (although we rarely ever have leftovers from this). Thank you for this recipe!

  113. Pat says:

    Hi Melanie, just wanted you to know how much my family and I enjoyed the chili, it was so creamy! What was Green Bay like the week of Super Bowl? Lots of Packers fans in my family!

  114. Laura says:

    We have had this twice in the last few weeks, and I’m still craving it! I seriously might have to make it again this week! 🙂 I’m a sissy, so one can of chilies was perfect for me. Thanks!

  115. Daktari says:

    I made this last night, blogged about it this morning. I made it with leftover turkey and added a sweet red pepper and a generous helping of jalapenos and it started to approach the heat that I like. LOL This is a great recipe. Thanks for this!

  116. Mandi says:

    Melanie– I’ve just recently discovered your website and I’ve tried 2 recipes so far. I made this chili tonight and I LOVE IT! My kids are all eating it (that is saying a lot since they are picky) and mine was gone before the kids finished. I gave the kids corn chips to eat with it and they loved it. Aside from the beans, my husband loves it too (he’s not a fan of beans). Thank you for taking the time to make and post these recipes. I am feeling inspired to get out of my cooking rut finally and that is HUGE! 🙂

  117. Annalisa says:

    I have a recipe very similar to this and LOVE it! It’s one of my kids favorites! The only couple of things I do differently is to add a can of garbanzo beans and either frozen corn or canned corn. I’ve also used a package of softened cream cheese, whisked in, instead of the sour cream and cream. Either way, very yummy!

  118. Jennifer M. says:

    I had never had white chili before I tried this recipe, and I love it! Thank you for all your great recipes. This one makes an appearance at my table frequently.

  119. Brianne Seamons says:

    We are going camping next week and we usually try to make everything in advance and freeze. We are having a chili cook off one night and I really want to make this. Could it be frozen? Maybe do everything except mix in the sour and whipping cream and do that there? What are your thoughts? Mel have you done this before or anyone else? I want to win the chili cook off and I think with this recipe I could!! =) Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Brianne – I’ve never frozen this chili before so I’m not sure how it would work. Do you have time to do a trial run? I definitely would try to avoid freezing the sour cream and cream and add that in after it has been defrosted. The chicken broth/bean base should freeze ok. The beans may get a little bit mushy but that may not be a bad thing. Good luck!

  120. Cat Steele says:

    Great chile. I doubled the recipe but didn’t double the cayenne pepper. Just the right amount of heat for my family. I also added seasoned black beans to make it a “black and white” chile. Very pretty and delicious. The whole family loved it. Like many others, I am going to have a go with it at our church chili cook off.

  121. Cat Steele says:

    I forgot to mention I also cut the green chiles in half!

  122. Sissy says:

    Doubled this and it still turned out great! The liquid was a little loose for me, so I added one tablespoon of masa harina which really kicked up the TexMex taste. So easy and had everything I needed in the pantry…

  123. Jenn E. says:

    I know that this is an overused comment for this particular recipe, but I sure did just win a chili cook-off with it last night! Thanks for this and all the wonderful recipes!

  124. Lindsay says:

    I made this tonight, and it was so good! Vest chili I’ve ever had! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  125. Krista says:

    I made this chili for my Cookie Exchange Party with my girl friends this year along with the Romain Salad with spiced pecans, apples, red onion, cheddar, and cranberries and the Oreo Cheesecake Bites for dessert. All recipes were a huge hit. This chili recipe was such a hit that 3 of the ladies made it in there homes less than a week after the party and 2 more have the ingredients to make it next week! I’ll need to make it again soon because there wasn’t any left over for my husband to try any! Thank you for this recipe and the many others I have gotten from you.

  126. Pam says:

    I was searching Pinterest to find “my” white chili and here it is. I have been making this for years and everybody loves it. Now I can pin it and direct everyone here insteady of always giving out recipes. It’s the best chili around….thanks again

  127. Alex says:

    Just made this for a chili cook-off and won 1st place! Thanks Mel!

  128. Michelle Barber says:

    I’m back. Again. To tell you how awesome this is. I crave it more often than I’d like to admit.

    Do you ever use dry beans to cook with? It’s one of my New Year’s resolutions to save some $ so I’m wondering if you have any tips. I’ve you haven’t dived into that world yet I”ll pass any your way I come across.

    Thanks again for feeding my family!

  129. Megan says:

    Just made this for myself for dinner (kids had spaghetti- AGAIN) and WOW. So good on snowy WI evening with a glass red of wine and the kids in bed…. bliss! I used leftover roast chicken and 1 cup of monterey jack cheese instead of the cream. Again…bliss!

  130. Tracey says:

    Delicious and easy to make! I used 1 less can of beans and about 2 oz of green chilis due to my kids pickiness . Made this with your cornbread with honey butter! It was a huge hit! Thank you for the recipes!

  131. Chalene says:

    This was really good! I didn’t have 2 cans of white beans, so I had to modify with pinto. It tasted fine, but wasn’t “white”. So, I have a recipe for you to create…a soup based on spinach artichoke dip. Sounds like you have knack for soup and a love of experimentation! Can you do it??

  132. Kim says:

    I love this chili!! I added a can of corn and substituted plain yogurt for the sour cream to save some calories!! Loved it!!!

  133. Amy says:

    This recipe is simply delish!!!! After the first bite I was a in HEAVEN. What a wonderful recipe to whip up during the week and the leftovers the next day were amazing ! Thanks again for another wonderful recipe to add to my collection =)

  134. Teresa says:

    Love this recipe so much! We made this for the first time for our cub scouts’ chili cook-off last night, and it was a huge hit. All the moms wanted the recipe. I made the crockpot version, and it worked perfectly. I was sure that most people would bring traditional chili so I wanted something new. I’ll definitely be making this again in the very near future! Thanks for the great recipe.

  135. Amy says:

    Rachel- I can’t wait to try this, however i was wondering if lowfat Sour cream and 2% milk will work as substitues for cutting down on the calories and fat content from the sour cream and whipping cream. I try to cut down on little things in all recipes…makes a difference throughout the day.

  136. Mel says:

    Amy, you can definitely try your substitutions and see how they go. If you read through the comments, I think there are several people who have commented on the variations they use to lighten it up.

  137. Leslie says:

    Love your site! I took this to our church’s annual chili cook-off and won 1st place in the white chili category and won 1st place overall out of about 40 chilis!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  138. […] recipe I have is by and far one of our all-time favorite meals. So when I clicked on her “Creamy White Chili” link and saw the exact same recipe, I knew it was a good […]

  139. Meredith says:

    We LOVED this! A real keeper. It’s got the perfect amount of spice, and so yummy. I didn’t change a thing, it was amazing. Thank you!

  140. Alli O. says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. As soon as my husband and I tasted this, we both looked at each other and said, “Holy crap!” Thank you for our new favorite dish!

  141. Deb says:

    Yum, yum, yum. Made this for a church hayride last night. It could not have been a worse night for a hayride – cold and rainy – but it made the perfect night for a warm crockpot full of chili. I loved the flavor of this, especially the cumin. Like some other reviewers said, I added a can of white corn which was a good call. I wanted the end product to be a little thicker, so I’d probably cut back a bit on the sour cream and whipping cream, but the flavor was AMAZING.

  142. Terri says:

    I made this last week and my boys declared it the BEST chili EVER”!! I’ve been making a red chili for years, my moms recipe, and it’s always been a family favorite…even during the summer! Yea, I KNOW, who makes chili in July…I do!! LOL!

    So the fellas are asking me to make the “awesome chili” again this weekend for a chili contest at our church…they’re sure it’s a winner!
    Will let you know how it goes, Mel! Thanks for ANOTHER great recipe!!

  143. Terri says:

    And…..we have a winner!! Mel, I won first place yesterday in the chili cook off! Had soooo many people ask me for the recipe, it was amazing! My youngest son told me I’m the best cook in Tennessee…isn’t that sweet? 😀
    Thanks again for another great recipe!

  144. Taylor says:

    Thanks for this awesome recipe! I tried substituting nonfat Greek yogurt for the sour cream and loved it. I also happened to have garbanzo beans already soaking so I used those in place of the northern white beans! Loved the flavor and simplicity of your recipe, THANK YOU!!

  145. Betsy says:

    Hi Mel! I won 3rd place in my work chili cook off yesterday! I was pleasantly surprised because I think I bungled something in the recipe. It was EXTREMELY thin, much more soup like. However, people raved about the flavor. It really is great. I didn’t have any cayenne pepper so I added smoked paprika instead. Thanks for being my go-to recipe spot! I had so many requests for the recipe. I sent them this way!

    Next, I told a coworker we are going to have an enchilada cooking contest. Those honey lime enchiladas are without a doubt the best I’ve ever had in the history of all mankind forever and ever times infinity Amen! (I may be just slightly prone to hyperbole. Just a bit.)

    Thank you!

  146. Jules says:

    What a fantastic recipe! Thanks for sharing, I did serve it to some friends who wouldn’t believe me White Chili existed and they were blown away by the flavors.

  147. Lana says:

    Mel, as always, you save the day again with a great recipe. I’ve made this one several times before, but I needed a soup I could crockpot overnight. It’s supposed to be for my 1st grader’s class party today, and I have to be there at 9. So, I saw that you had conveniently provided me with the crock pot version, and I threw it together at midnight last night. SO AWESOME. Thanks for making my morning so much smoother! Now if I just didn’t have to navigate the giant school parking lot with a toddler, camera bag and a crockpot of soup! 🙂

  148. Ray says:

    I just found your site. Thanks for this recipe! I made this with pulled pork I cooked in a crock pot and my company ate every last drop of it! And, I tripled the recipe that should have given me a LOT of leftovers. There were several other dishes that took longer to prepare and they ate very little of those!

  149. Amanda R says:

    LOVE this soup. Thank you for simple and delicious food!

  150. Katie says:

    You are not lying about this soup winning you friends and fame! I had never made it, but knew I couldn’t go wrong with something from your site, so I took it to a chili cook-off and it won! I was so excited! Everyone loved it! The credit goes to you for posting this deliciously awesome recipe! Thanks Mel! It is hands down my favorite chili!

  151. […] I was planning on making this week for white chicken chili. Then I stopped by Melanie’s blog, Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Melanie has never led me astray. I have always been pleased with any recipe that I have tried from […]

  152. Athena says:

    This recipe is delicious with ham! I used leftover ham I had from the holidays, chopped it up… divine! One of our family favorites!

  153. Jana says:

    We loved this – even my skeptical husband who usually doesn’t like “creamy” soups loved this (he also loves your chicken corn chowder which was my first sign that his distaste of creamy soups was not rational and thus I could find exceptions). Anyway, I stumbled across a recipe that is identical to yours except it uses Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and whipping cream. Have you ever experimented with Greek yogurt as a substitute for any of your recipes? One of the brand websites offers a conversion chart for using greek yogurt in place of sour cream, mayo, oil, cream, etc, but I’m hesitant to try myself. But you, I trust! So any thoughts on this?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Jana – I use plain yogurt (sometimes Greek sometimes regular) to sub for sour cream so yes, I definitely think you could sub it in here but I wouldn’t sub it for all of the sour cream AND milk. I’d only sub it in for the sour cream and still use some type of milk/cream for the liquid. That’s just a personal recommendation since the tang of the yogurt sometimes overpowers the taste for me.

  154. […] been on a chili kick this winter. I’ve tried various versions, from meatless with quinoa to white chicken chili, to chicken barley chili, even to a slow cooker mole chicken chili (from America’s Test […]

  155. Tammy says:

    Do you think this would freeze well?

  156. Mel says:

    Tammy – the texture may change a bit upon reheating but it should freeze OK. I think a few other commenters have left feedback about that up in the comment thread.

  157. Melissa C says:

    I added 1/3 of frozen corn at the end…the sweetness with the spiciness was out of this world! I can’t go wrong with your recipes, Mel. My family thanks you!

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  159. Robin says:

    This is really good! I didn’t have chili powder or cayenne, so I rubbed taco seasoning on the chicken. Came out great! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  160. Nicole says:

    didn’t have any white beans on hand, so I used hominy– it was such a good mix of posole and chili — loved it!

  161. Marquita says:

    I made this recipe for our Ward Chili Cookoff. I won “the best white chili” award. This was so yummy. Thank you!

  162. Kim S. says:

    Mel–the recipe says serve immediately (after adding the sour cream and heavy cream). Is this ok to make ahead, and/or to have leftovers and store in the fridge to reheat the next day or so? Or does the sour cream and heavy cream in the chili make it weird or funky? Thanks! Kim

    • Mel says:

      Kim – yes, I should probably edit the recipe because this keeps well warm (like in the slow cooker) for several hours and the leftovers are great.

  163. Jenna says:

    I was looking for a recipe for white chili for a long time. This was AMAZING. I make it multiple times per month.
    I just throw everything in a slow cooker and let it sit all day long.
    The only thing I did differently was puree one can of beans to make it a little thicker.
    Next time, I will add some hot sauce.

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  165. […] This chili is great in the winter. In Japan, beans can be hard to find, but you can buy them at import stores, or online. This recipe is adapted from here. […]

  166. Christina says:

    Wow! Thanks for this recipe! I made it for my church’s chili cook off tonight and won 2nd place-only 2nd to a local restaurants’ chili that someone brought and entered! 🙂 so yummy!!! I doubled it, made it in my slow cooker, used rotel chilies with tomatoes (couldn’t find just chilies), and added an additional cup of sour cream. The flavor is amazing! Spices are perfect! Thanks again!!!

  167. Mel…..Good gracious this was good! I am on a stupid diet challenge thing so I scooped my helping out before the creamy goodness was added and I still loved it like that. Served it with your cornbread (my favorite thing ever!). Took every bit of self control to not eat the entire pan like I normally do. Once again thank you for your recipes and also your new videos. So fun!

  168. Sarah says:

    Thanks, Mel, for ANOTHER winner recipe! I made this a few weeks ago and my husband seemed to have died and gone to heaven. When he saw me putting the ingredients together in the crockpot this morning, he grinned big and asked if I was making chicken chili again. While I’m a fair cook, your blog and recipes make me seem like a superstar!

  169. Anissa says:

    This was delicious. I did it in the crockpot and wish I had cut the broth back to about 1/2 cup instead of 1 1/2 cups. Mine turned out more like a soup than a chili. But still very tasty!

  170. Lisa says:

    One of my faves, Mel! Thanks for the great recipe!

  171. Raquel says:

    This is so good! Even my husband who doesn’t like beans or peppers loved this. He said it was delicious, and that is high praise indeed because he rarely makes comments about food. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

  172. Georgia Willis says:

    I’ve made this for my family several times and then yesterday I made 3 large crock pots full for a chili competition for my work and out of 12 other chili’s it took FIRST place! I was so proud and can’t say thank you enough for sharing the recipe. I will say i make one small addition, i add about a cup and a half of shredded smoked gouda, just gives an already terrific recipe a little something extra. I share your website to all my friends, thanks again and keep on cooking!

  173. Michelle Scanley says:

    I’ve been making this soup ever since a fellow-mom brought it for me when my son was born and I’ve been making it ever since (I accidentally found it on your blog and realized it was the same recipe!) First, I get most all of the ingredients at Trader Joe’s (and the organic if they have it…It makes a HUGE difference in the flavors!)
    Then I double the recipe and make TJs cornbread the first night and leftovers get TJs tri-colored flaxseed tortilla chips on top. It adds a nice texture and mixes it up with the toppings. Thanks for this recipe!

  174. Robin G says:

    This is the best white chicken chili, hands-down! I’m a newborn nanny and cook for the families I work for. The last family I worked for had me make this one night. I had a recipe of my own, and didn’t think anything could top it – but yours was better! My boyfriend loves it too, and thought it would be a great topping for nachos – over tortillas, with some cheese and sour cream. Yum! 🙂

  175. Julianne Farrey says:

    Making this for the second time!!! Very good recipe! Delicious. Thank you

  176. Kristin King says:

    omg!! A friend made this at a party, I had her email me the recipe the next morning. I made it that day!! I hate beans, but still put one can in….I even ate them!! One of my absolute favorite recipes! It wa the first chili I ever made….. I am looking forward to making it again this weekend for me and my husband!!

  177. Kristen R says:

    I made this but I left out the chicken and then at the end I put it in a blender and blended it all up. I got that idea from my sister who was unsure her girls would eat it with it looking so beany. She blended it and then served it with chips and they raved about it. It can be eaten as a soup with chips or you can make it as a bean queso-y kind of dip for the chips. It was super delicious!

  178. Chantelle Ivie says:

    Maybe someone else has already let you in on this secret, but my sister gave this recipe to me and said to serve it with a mixture of 2-3 Roma tomatoes, 2 avocados, about 1/2 cup cilantro, and the juice of one lime. It really kicks an already great soup up a notch. Love it!

  179. Erin says:

    I made this for a chili contest tonight and it won 1st place! 🙂

  180. Mamalala says:

    A girl at bunco made this and I knew it had to be your recipe. Sure enough- it is identical. Such a great soup that my husband says is his new favorite. Thanks for solid and filling recipes Mel. One of these days I hope to run into you in our great state of Idaho.

  181. kt says:

    Fabulous. I little more soup-y than I think of chili but it’s so good it doesn’t matter.

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