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Mexican White Chili Recipe

Mexican White Chili Recipe

White chili may be a little different from what you're used to, but it's sure to warm you up on a chilly night. Cilantro and cumin give this chili an authentic Mexican flavor. —Shari Meissner, Chester, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • Optional toppings: corn chips, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream


  • 1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 2. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in chicken, beans, broth, chilies and dry seasonings.
  • 3. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until heated through. Stir in cilantro. If desired, serve with corn chips, cheese and sour cream. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without toppings) equals 271 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 561 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 26 g protein.

Reviews for Mexican White Chili

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Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"Very nice! I forgot to get chickpeas, so I used chili beans that I had, but it tasted good. I also added more chiken broth, b/c 2 cups didn't seem like enough. Topped with cheese, sour cream and avocdo."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"The cumin and cilantro do make this a great tasting recipe if you like those spices. I made it two times: once with ground pork and once with ground turkey. I prefer the pork personally. I added more salt and the optional add ins when I served it. A keeper in our house."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"Made this two nights ago. Will not make again. Flavor was just Blech. I like a creamy white chili myself."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"absolutely flavorless!"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"This is the best chili I have ever made. It is our New Years Day tradition to make a big pot of it and take it up the mountain to have after skiing."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2010

"I make this recipe all of the time and have won numerous Chili contests with it. Everyone always wants the recipe."

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"I made this several times each time it is more pleasing to the taste then the last. Not a hugh fan of beans so I only use one can. Best chili recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"This was fantastic--I left the cayenne pepper out so the kids would also like it."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2009

"Great idea for all the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving! I love to buy a large turkey and then dice and freeze portions to use later. Yum- my family loved this!"

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