Spicy White Chili Recipe
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Spicy White Chili Recipe

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I thought the original version of this dish was fine. But my son can't get enough spice, so I added green chilies and other seasonings until it created a quick and easy chili he's wild about. —Carlene Bailey, Bradenton, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 3 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream and sliced jalapeno peppers, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 324 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 609mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 31g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, saute onions in oil until tender. Stir in garlic, chilies, cumin, oregano, cayenne and cloves; cook and stir 2-3 minutes more. Add broth, chicken and beans; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheese until melted. Garnish with sour cream and jalapeno peppers if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Spicy White Chili in Country Woman January/February 1996, p33

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Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"This was absolutely flavorful and delicious! It was a hit with my family. The addition of shredded cheese & sour cream took this recipe over the top. I substituted the chicken with ground turkey & omitted the green chilies and jalapeno peppers. So that the meat was flavored well, I seasoned it with seasoning salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and lots of celery flakes. I also thickened the soup a little. The only other change was I used the shredded cheese mixture of monterey jack/ cheddar. I'm a fan. Thank you."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

"Great flavor with just the right amount of spice. I reduced the northern beans to 2 cans and reduced the cloves to 1/8 teaspoon. Really loved the combination of the green chilis & cheese."

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"Thank you for posting this recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Absolutely delicious! I used mild green chiles (as recipe didn't indicate mild or hot) and used a warm rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to cut up for the soup. I also used olive oil instead of canola oil simply because I don't like the taste of canola. Did not use jalapenos. I halved the recipe as I generally cook for only 2-3 people, but other than that I made it exactly as the original recipe. So incredibly easy and delicious!! Definitely garnish with a dollop of sour cream. Yum!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"EXCELLENT!!!!! This chili is the best. Not to hot. I only used 1 can of chilies and put in a package of Taco seasoning...FANTASTIC~~~~"

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