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Slow-Cooked White Bean Chili Recipe

Slow-Cooked White Bean Chili Recipe

My friend Caroline Gray and I came up with this delicious slow-cooked chicken chili. It's unusual because it calls for Alfredo sauce. —Cindi Mitchell, St. Marys, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 3 hours YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 jar (15 ounces) Alfredo sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 to 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen gold and white corn
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 small sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • Salsa verde and chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 15 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated though, stirring once. Serve with salsa verde and cilantro if desired. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 336 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 772 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Reviews for Slow-Cooked White Bean Chili

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2016

"I used Costco rotisserie chicken and Monterey jack with jalapeno pepper and then red pepper flakes--a bit hot, but wonderful at the same time!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Delicious. Loved it! Skipped the chilis and threw in a handful of shredded carrot. Next time may sub some of the beans with a different type of bean just for some variety."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"Yumm. Eaten it time and time again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"Great recipe! I initially made a mistake...didn't read the canned bean part for some reason...and used uncooked beans instead. I realized my mistake so I left the cheese and sour cream out and cooked everything else for 4 hours on high. The cheese and sour cream went in for another 30 minutes on high after that and it came out very tasty! No leftovers on this one!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"My daughter's favorite chili. I make it over the stove instead of the slow cooker. I cut down on the cayenne pepper since it seemed too spicy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"WONDERFUL! I read all of the reviews, so I did some of the suggestions put out here...First let me tell you...I won First Place in a Chili cookoff and I was the only one with a white bean chili!! Ok, I used grilled chicken( Tyson's if you don't have any available in your freezer) I did double the recipe but not the broth, sour cream or alfredo sauce.. 1 can of chopped chilis and no cayenne pepper. I used McKennzies frozen tube corn, 1 sweet white, 1 sweet yellow cream style. And I used 1/2 of cup more of both kinds of cheese. I also sauteed the onion, yellow pepper and garlic until tender in just a little bit of olive oil. Added it all together in the crock pot as instructed and you got a FIRST PLACE WHITE CHICKEN CHILI!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"Delicious! The only thing I changed was to reduce the amount of red pepper and add some garlic salt to taste."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"I won the chili cook-off at work in the "medium hot" category with this chili! We love it and make it several times throughout the fall and winter months in Oregon."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"This chili was fantastic, I took it to a church luncheon and it was a big hit. My crockpot was almost empty. Didn't change a thing, it was delicious. Will definitely make again!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"I was disappointed in this White Chili recipe. Because of the ratings, I expected more. I reduced the chicken broth to one cup, used one can of green chilies (mild) and half the red pepper and it was still extremely hot. I will go back to my original white chili recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"I was good a little to spicy. Next time I will only do 1 can of chilies"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"Definitely needs thickening but once you get that taken care of the flavor is fantastic!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"I made this on the stove top instead of the slow cooker. It was so good! My DH and I loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2013

"I tried this recipe because it had 74 reviews and lots of comments about how to alter it. I liked this very much! Never tried a white chili recipe ever before. My alterations: I stir fried the onions, garlic and red and green pepper (2 instead of 1 pepper). Never added the ceyene pepper, chopped green chills and fresh cilantro. But had these ingredients as toppings so guests could choose to include them if desired. Also had on the table as possible toppings: tortilla chips and red salsa. trippled the corn. doubled the chicken. Doubled the cheese. only 1.5 tsp of cumin. I read how watery the recipe tasted to other reviewers so I doubled alot of ingredients as written here but did not double chicken broth, sour cream, or alfredo sauce. I cooked this all over low simmer on the stove for 2 hours. Wonderful! and nice and thick. I loved all the toppings."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"This is wonderful! My 4 year old son loves it and asks for it all the time. To tame down the heat, I just add a bit more sour cream to his bowl. Super easy, very yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"Made this at work and even the picky eaters loved it. There were no leftovers. I did add some potato flakes to thicken."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"Really good flavor! A little soupy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"this was a delicious white chili recipe! I had been trying many others to come close to one that a local restaurant served but took off their menu. I cooked this very slowly on top of the stove and stirred every 30 minutes or so. The consistancy was perfect! Whole family loved it ! I think next time I might try it with ground chicken."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"Sooo, good"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"This was an amazing white chili. I have tried

several and this is my family's favorite. Thanks."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"My first, and probably only, White Chili recipe! Very, very good! I did find it a bit thinner than we usually like chili, so I did as one reviewer did and added some instant potato flakes. It does have a kick to it, so if you like a spicier chili, you'll like this. Next time I make it, I will only use about 1 C. of broth, and maybe 2 cans of beans, and increase the corn to 2 C. I didn't have yellow pepper, so I used some red and green, and the chili was so pretty!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"This was my first attempt at making any white chili. It is a keeper! I had some jalapeno chicken sausage on hand so I used that and it added even more flavor. Great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

"I just made it tonight and it was wonderful. Best white chili I ever made. My son can't wait to have leftovers tomorrow. Hats off to the creators of this recipe. Great job!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"This recipe is wonderful. I made it for a bonfire/hay ride and after being out in the cold for a few hours everyone was very happy to this warm and delicious chili. It's excellent and I will definitely make it again. The hard please kids even liked it. I did omit the red pepper so it wouldn't be too spicy for them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"Very good soup . I whirl the beans and broth around in the food processor so my picky kids don't know it has beans in it. I usually make it with light sour cream and alfredo sauce and reduced fat cheese, you can't even tell it is lightened up. A family favorite!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"There is a reason this rating is so high! As I was putting this in the crockpot I didnt think it would be something I would like. PLUS I accidentally put the chicken in raw and couldnt taste it before it cooked. On high for four hours the chicken cooked just fine. This chili tasted awesome. My whole family actually ate it. Only thing is we used cheddar in place of the pepper jack."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"My husband loved this recipe. I made a white chili recipe before and it was not nearly as good as this one. It is an excellent alternative to the usual red chili."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"I made this recipe for a Halloween soup party and out of about 30 soups.....I won first place!! I recommend this recipe to everyone!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"As good as this recipe is, it needs a healthy makeover. I will make a "version" of it again...but I will use my own "lighter" alfredo, omit the sour cream, and reduce the amount of cheese."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"I used this recipe for a chili feed (give an option other than red chili) and it was a great hit! Tripled the recipe for each batch and had no problems."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"Awesome recipe! I made it for a family function and everyone raved! I had to share the recipe with everyone, even the men who rarely cook! I shredded the chicken, rather than cubed. also cut back on the cumin and green chiles."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"Awesome recipe! I made it for a family function and everyone raved! I had to share the recipe with everyone, even the men who rarely cook! I shredded the chicken, rather than cubed. also cut back on the cumin and green chiles."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"A great recipe but defiantly too spicy with two cans of green chile. My husband didn't mind it and ate it all but I will use less next time so I can enjoy seconds as well. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"I made this recipe and took it to work to feed the team I work on about a month ago. I try to take a meal into work (approximately 12 people to fed) each Sunday and this was perfect. It was requested as the main dish this week so I am taking it along with cheesy muffins. I also take a bottle of hot sauce for those who want it spicer. Definitely a great go to meal that I can assemble at work in my crockpot and have ready to eat in a few hours."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"What an awsome chili"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"Fabulous! Easy, very flavorful with a little kick. I left out the corn because I don't like corn flavor overpowering all the others. It was delicious and is going in my list of go-to recipes for sure."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"Really good!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"Very Tasty! I used just one can of the chopped green chilies and just a 1/2 teaspoon of the cayenne pepper and no toppings. It was plenty spicy for us, I'm glad that I read the other reviews before making it! I will cut back a little on the white pepper also the next time I make it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"This soup is great. My daughter loved it. So good will make it for church."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Just made this over the weekend while camping. Everyone loved it. Used can chicken, no cayenne pepper and canned corn. So easy and yummy"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"A great recipe! I wish I would have read the reviews before I made it though because it was a little too spicy for my crew. I will probably only use 1 can of chilis and reduce the cayenne pepper amount. However, I will definately make again because it was a great busy day recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"I followed the advice of other reviewers and made this chili less spicy. For one, I only added on can of green chilies, I also used half the cayenne pepper and substituted black pepper for the white pepper (and still only used half of what the recipe called for!). I also used only Monterey Jack cheese and no pepper Jack. With all that, the chili was still about as hot as I could have eaten it. I mean, it was good, but if I had added any more pepper, I couldn't have eaten it. I will probably add even less pepper next time I make it and it will be amazing. Definitely worth making and making again, but as I am not a spicy foods person, I will have to adjust it. Great concept though! Loved the alfredo sauce and sour cream - super yummy!! Thanks!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"To make this recipe a bit less spicy I seasoned with chili powder and crushed red pepper. Turned out great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"Very tasty; a nice change from the standard tomato based chili."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"I thought this recipe was very tasty. Can't wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"Delicious! Both I and my sister loved the spice, but everyone else around the table was reaching for their drink! Next time I'll have to cut down on the spice for their sake. I loved the spice combination: just perfect!

I took it to our church potluck meal, and our pastor told me that as he lifted the lid and smelled it, it burnt the back of his throat! lol"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"Although this recipe was too hot to suit my tastes, (even after reducing the cayenne pepper by half)it was definitely very tasty. Next time I will take more steps to reduce the heat"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"I love this chili. Get tired of the same old same old. This was a very nice change. Did not use as much cayenne pepper as recipe called for. Turned out great. A definite keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"I love this chili. Get tired of the same old same old. This was a very nice change. Did not use as much cayenne pepper as recipe called for. Turned out great. A definite keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"This is a great recipe and very open to changes. I eyeballed everything, cutting most in half because there are only two of us, but outside of it being a little more runny than I like (added some potato flakes, worked like a charm!) it is absolutely wonderful. I hope it freezes well because I still ended up with a boatload!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"While this was good, I have had better, especially if you factor in the cost and time involved. The consistency and taste was mor like a soup than chili. I have 2 recipes that I like much better than this recipre. Good, but not great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"The strange ingredient (alfredo sauce) had me worried about this recipe, but the high reviews convinced me to try this. I LOVE this chili!!! I made it on the stove rather than in the crock pot - - -only because i prefer my onions and peppers sauteed and had the time to let it simmer on the stove."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"I made a recipe very similar to this for a chili cookoff for the Superbowl and won best overall chili. My husband loves it so I have made it several times since."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"My family of five plus two college students loved this White Chili! Modified the recipe by first sautéing onions and yellow pepper about 5 minutes, added garlic and mild green chilies about 3 minutes more. Finally added cumin, white pepper, cayenne pepper (less than ½ teaspoon) for 1 additional minute. Transfer to slow cooker and add beans, chicken breast, alfredo sauce, chicken broth, corn, both cheeses. I didn’t skimp on onions, yellow pepper, or chicken. Saved sour cream to put on top. Served with salsa verde and tortilla chips. Consistency was perfect and spice was just right by cutting way back on the cayenne pepper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"This was wonderful! Everyone in the family loved it! I left out the corn and the garlic cloves. I used pre-cooked chicken cubes that you can buy in a bag in the refridgerated meat case at the grocery store. I did have to cook it on high for a couple of hours, then I switched it to low, but that just may be my crockpot. Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"I know many people has rated this too 'soupy'. I have solved this problem. I added 1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes to mine. It was great! Thanks for the wonderful recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I thought this recipe was excellent. As much as we like spicy food I only used 1/2 tsp of cayenne and white pepper and my boyfriend thought it was pretty spicy with just that amount. Myself, I would have added more but wanted to be a little careful the first time making this. It was very good and I know we'll make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"I liked this recipe alot, I made it on the stove top. I sauteed the onion, green-pepper, and garlic with the chicken, then added the rest of the ingredients. My husband loved it and between him and my teenager, the whole batch was gone with no leftovers! I did serve the sour cream and cheese on the side. Next time I will divide it because it is a little spicy for my five-year-old."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"I was disappointed with this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"I believe the best white chili recipe I've used. My family loved it. I saved the sour cream and cheese for each one to add in rather than in the pot as it tasted so good without them. I even used "lite Alfredo" sauce."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"Absolutely wonderful!! I followed the recipe as written (didn't change a single thing), and it turned out perfect. The spice is just right; we loved the "kick"."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"Wonderful! However I ventured from the recipe a little since I am in Japan and a tad limited with ingredients. I used just one can of chicken broth, 1 can of chopped green chilies, 1 cup of monterey Jack and 1/2 cup cheddar, 1 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 large green bell pepper, no onion or garlic, a heaping teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of garlic salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper and no cayenne pepper. The spice was just a touch above mild, nice warm feeling."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"I made this last night and it was very good. I followed several of the reviewers suggestions and dialed back the heat by cutting the cayenne in half and only used one can of chopped green chilies. Due to dietary restrictions, I left the corn out completely. The taste was wonderful and the consistency was good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Sounds yummy, cant wait to try but can you use ground chicken for this???"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"Best white chili ever, even my mother in law had to have the recipe...I omit cloves though. Enjoy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"I was the first to review this recipe. I said I wouldn't make it again because there was no enjoyable flavor just BURN BURN and every bite tasted the same. I did however decide to make it again because I have never left a negative review.This time I used 2 cups Monterey Jack and omitted the pepper jack completely. I don't recommend using the chicken broth if you like it thick. Instead I used two jars of the Alfredo. I cut back on the cayenne and this time the family loved it more than I can express. This is now my go to recipe for white chili. When the poker guys play at my house this recipe is requested. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2010

"Excellent chili. Made it for the first time for a group of women and all said it was good. I did not use the pepperjack cheese, but an Italian cheese mixture, only one small can of green chile peppers and half the cayenne pepper. Had a kick but not too bad."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"This is my favorite recipe for Chili"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"Best recipe I have found for chicken chili. I do cut down on the pepper jack cheese by about half. The first time I made it it was just too spicy and it was very hard to cut the spice down."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"As others have mentioned, it is spicy - but we LOVE spice in our house! I used about 3/4 tsp. and will probably scale back to about 1/2 tsp. of the cayenne next time. And there will be a next time! My only other change was to use black pepper instead of white pepper, just because I didn't have any on hand. Thanks for a great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"This chili was delicious and full of flavor! I only used an 1/8 of a tsp. of cayenne pepper and it was spicy enough! I can't imagine using 1 1/2 tsp. as the recipe calls for. That is waaaaay too much! I am certain it would practically be inedible with that much. I also thought it was a little runny so I added 1-2 T of cornstarch mixed with a little water and let the soup simmer to thicken it up. It worked out perfectly!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I have made this recipe twice in the last 2 weeks. Everyone LOVES it! You can make it as spicy as you want it... it's perfect!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"I also forgot to mention that I added 2 cans of Large Butter Beans and 1 can of Small Butter Beans, milk to the consitancy I disired and the chicken I used was some frozen chicken tenderloins that needed to be used. I would not hesitate putting some white rice or barley in this also. Let me know your thoughts or things you have added/replaced. lauriebells@yahoo.com"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"I'm one of those people that cannot follow a receipe to a "T" so that being said, in this receipe I didnt have any sour cream left so I subsituted a block of cream cheese instead...I didnt use any of the actual cheese they mentioned and since I make soup when the fridge needs cleaning out, I also added some diced white mushrooms, a few peeled baby red potatoes and a large can of diced tomatoes....I know...its not a true "White Chili" anymore but more like a gumbo....but I made an 8 Qt pan of it and only have 1-2 bowls left after comming off the river on a cool Labor Day Weekend on the Missisippi River... My Grandma always made the best soups when she was cleaning out the fridge!! Be brave and experiment!!! You never know when someone might want your receipe!!! (and only you will know it! ;-)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2010

"This is my most favorite White Chili. I took it camping. I doubled the recipe and fed over 20 people. Everyone raved about it. SOOO good!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"We all LOVE this recipe. Have made it 2 times already and am planning to make it again for someone else. Easy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2010

"My family requests this recipe at least once a month. Sometimes I will add corn chips."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"Oh my gosh! This was so tasty! My family loved it and as soon as cool weather is back, I will be making it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"I cut way back on the white pepper and the cayenne pepper, using only about 1/4 tsp. of each, and it was still too hot for our liking. I won't be making this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"This is my favorite White Chili recipe! It was a little too peppery for me so I would lower the amount of pepper by a bit next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"My husband loved this and even shared it with his friends at work. They all loved it and said to share again with them anytime. My husband said that it was even better reheated the second day."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"I made this right on the stove top and it was fabulous! I used my own Alfredo sauce and skipped the cayenne pepper since I'm not a spicy fan but let my family sprinkle it on. We loved it!! After I added the onion and yellow pepper I just simmered it for several minutes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"My neighbor made this soup and it was a winner! We actually pour it over white rice. The extra kick in adding salsa verde & cilantro made it complete. This is a great crockpot recipes for us working girls."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"Love love LOVE this recipe! Followed the recipe and it was fabulous! Family loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"I just made this the other night and it was delicious - I made a couple of modifications since I didn't have all the ingredients - I used black pepper for the white, and I used white cheddar for the cheeses because I didn't have pepper jack or jack cheese on hand - it had a kick but not overwhelming - we are adding it to our frequently made recipe book!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"I also used pre-cooked roasted chicken meat which was great. It is warm temp (spicy)but just adjust the cayenne pepper to a 1/4 if you want it light."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"This was excellent and so full of flavor and ease of making it was outstanding. I cooked mine on the stove."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010


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