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White Chicken Chili Recipe

White Chicken Chili Recipe

Folks will enjoy a change from the traditional when they spoon into this flavorful blend of tender chunks of chicken, white beans and just enough zip. —Taste of Home Cooking School
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Chopped jalapeno pepper, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook chicken and onion in oil until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.
  • 2. Reduce heat to low. With a potato masher, mash one can of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender.
  • 3. Top each serving with cheese and jalapeno pepper if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 219 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 644mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 7g fiber), 19g protein .

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1Goodfoodlover 254568
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2016

"This is the first time I made chicken Chili and it was delicious! I used 1 can of great northern beans and 2 cans of Bush's white chili beans with mild chili sauce. Then I only added 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Otherwise I didn't change anything. This was a quick and easy recipe and very delicious."

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tigortweet 254093
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

"Very good! I reduced the cayenne to one top since my kids don't do spicy. I also did it in the crock pot, so I reduced the broth to one can and added a cup of frozen corn. Served with rice, cheese, and sour cream so delicious."

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Mollydod33 253468
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

"I created an account just to review this recipe. I have made it 3 times now and my family loves it. It is a little spicy but we love spicy. Delicious and will continue making it!"

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macguz53 250675
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

"Great chili recipe, lighter then regular chili."

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aug2295 248333
Reviewed May. 17, 2016 Edited May. 22, 2016

"We loved this. I thought it had just enough heat. I would reduce the broth a bit next time since I like it a little thicker."

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64linda 245850
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"It is a good recipe but I would cut the cayenne to 1/2 tsp. and less if you don't want it to hot.

I also added a can of creamed corn. I used a 1/2 of tsp of cayenne and I felt it was still too hot so I added a tbsp of butter to mellow it out."

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lmtha17 242350
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"Great flavor! It is spicy. Next time may do a little less heat. Strongly recommend !"

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ssistrunk 241933
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"This is an awesome recipe! Full of flavor and spice. I used it the first time I made white chicken chili and have been using it ever since. I once lost the recipe and searched for it for 2 hours because it's so good. My husband, coworkers and family love it! It's pretty spicy but we like spicy. I use 1 tsp. of garlic powder instead of minced garlic. I also add 1 tsp. of salt but honestly it's good with or without it.

Also, I have not tried it with the cheese or jalepeno."

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Jra927 240978
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"This recipe was very easy to make. My husband and I enjoyed the chilli, but we both agreed it was a bit spicy, and he likes spicy food. I will definitely make this again."

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Shuggy12 240559
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"Hubby says Good!!"

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petrie911 238325
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"Yum! I've been searching for the perfect white chili recipe and this is it. I used 3 larger cans of great northern beans but basically followed the rest as written. Had to simmer for a long time to get it to the right thickness. Made a bit more that way and it worked great. Keeping this one."

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Canstacker 236130
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Flavour was good, maybe a little loose for me as I prefer a thicker chili. Great spice combination. I made a roux of butter, and flour then added 1/2 cup of mayo and 1/2 cup of chicken stock to make a white sauce. I thickened it up until it was very thick then whisked into the chili. Made it creamier and thicker."

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autio010 233415
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"Great recipe, I think it'll be the base recipe for any future white chicken chili I make.

I kicked up the spices and flavor a bit, saut?ed about 6 cloves of crushed garlic, 4 seeded jalape?os and probably five stalks of chopped celery along with the chicken/onion. Also doubled the chicken and onion. I threw in a can of Rotel along with the green chiles. Used two cans mashed great northern beans and then put in a whole can each of the great northern and pinto beans, unmashed. I like things spicy so I had generous teaspoons of the cayenne. I was initially concerned with how spicy it might be but the seeded jalape?os were pretty mild after cooking down a bit.
It did turn out a bit thin, though may have been my fault, I used a whole 48 oz container of broth. I threw some cornstarch in to help thicken it up a bit. I think in the future I might add another can of mashed beans, add a can of cream of chicken soup, or both.
Great flavor, definitely a winner for me. Thank you!"

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Janettey 233159
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

"I just tied for first place in a chili cook-off with this recipe! The only changes I made were to use shredded chicken (dark and white meat) from a rotisserie chicken, use refined coconut oil in place of the olive oil, and I cut the cayenne by half a tsp. I am not a big chili fan, so I was looking for something different than a traditional chili recipe. This fit the bill perfectly, and apparently, others agree! Thank you for sharing this recipe."

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nightskystar 229137
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2015

"yummm...i am not one to change recipes before I try them the first time, but I have stomach problems so I made this without the chiles, cayenne and jalapeno..it was DELICIOUS!! I did add about a tablespoon of regular (not hot) chili powder and some hungarian paprika with the chicken. garlic and onion and let it toast to bring out the flavor. So sorry to the person submitting this that I had to change it a little before trying it!!!"

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gunnerlund 224305
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"Make this couple times per month. Added 14oz can of cleaned black beans and fresh cilantro."

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pwarrington 223793
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2015

"I cooked the northern beans the night before. It was fabulous! We had jalapeno hush puppies with it. Yum! Will certainly be a "go to" for our family."

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LEH 221858
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"I used ground turkey and added shredded taco cheese at end , yum!"

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denran111 221807
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"Delicious!"

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drumsdaylilies 220259
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"Love this recipe! Easy to make and the flavor is awesome! My family loved it!"

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Crazo428 218342
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Love this recipe!!! So easy, and one of our winter staples. The only things I change are:

1. Use chicken thighs instead of breast for a much heartier flavor
2. Cut back on the cayenne pepper because my husband can't take the heat. :)"

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tamkf3 217450
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"This was great. Did add a can of corn gave it some good flavor."

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AngieTapley 216114
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"My cousin brought this to our family reunion and I ABSOLUTELY loved it!! We all did...it's a nice change from traditional chili and now a family favorite!!"

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Adnankhan 215663
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"This is pretty good delicious and yummy really i like most and even in my home also..i want you all can try this please http://allyummyvegandnonvegdish.blogspot.in/2014/12/white-chicken-chili-recipe.html"

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firemoongypsy 114452
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"This is pretty good! I took the advice of another user and added salt-garlic salt to be exact- and let it simmer for an hour so the flavors had a chance to soak into the rotisserie chicken I used. I doubled the recipe and it seemed a bit soupy, but it was good. If you're making it for kids I recommend cutting back on the heat, but I made a special batch for my husband and I and threw in the diced jalape?os and added a little extra cayenne pepper. Nice and spicy!"

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traciesroka 180706
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"My favorite chili recipe! Freezes well individual portions, too!"

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TheDix 114278
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"I couldn't find my usual White chicken Chili recipe so tried this. I did not add the chiles, cut back on the cayenne pepper, and it was still plenty hot! Have located my usual recipe and will probably make it next time; I like the spice combination in it."

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bpowanda 183320
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Easy recipe and delicious too! I cut it down with a guesstimate of measurements because it is just 2 of us. I also sprinkled some Wondra in as it was cooking to thicken it up a bit. Next time I will cut chicken into smaller chunks, mine were a bit large., and add a bit more green chiles. i was very pleased with the taste and look."

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bbelllarin 114395
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"Always everyone's favorite."

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sheltrasam 181877
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"This is pretty amazing... especially on a cold blustery night. I used whatever I had... three different beans : chickpeas, red kidney beans and cannelini (mashed up, hearty), and I used chicken thighs with skin and bone, and shredded it after for a deeper, richer taste. My family asked for me to make this a regular menu item! :D"

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rnchristy 168782
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"I'm not a fan of onions, so left them out & added onion powder. I added some corn also. Delicious & very easy! Will definitely be making this again soon!"

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meljack67 168781
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"Great recipe and very easy to make. The only change I made was to add about 2 tsp salt. Will be making this again very soon!"

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lily08 114393
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"Very tasty and filling, loved with some corn bread on the side!"

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Elizastew 124513
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"Love this chili! Have made this several times now, it's easy, very healthy, and DELICIOUS too! I like to make it thicker, so use 2 cans of the beans mashed and 2 whole. Highly recommend."

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lots_a_smiles@hotmail.com 114391
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"Yum! This was a fantastic chili recipe! It was delicious with cornbread muffins!"

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julieharter 181876
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"Great recipe!!"

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Cintka 144251
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"This is one of the best White chicken Chili recipes, I have made this for years and it is Excellent!!"

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VashtiV 166227
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"Excellent! Never have left-overs..."

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4evrl8 114277
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"Love this recipe every bite seems to explode with flavor. I added a can of corn and reduced the cayenne a bit for the benefit of my kids and it still had plenty of "kick." Definitely a keeper!"

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sooperwife 210805
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Ok my Kindle does a few things without me! This is a keeper! I used rotisserie chicken and let it simmer for 1 hour!"

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sooperwife 105316
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"LWhen our (120"

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MammaTracyinSTL 166208
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I followed DebLovesJoe's suggestion and added a can of cream of chicken soup. REALLY helped! I also added an additional can of beans and did NOT drain them because it helped thicken the chili. Finally, I omitted the green chiles and used only a scant tsp of cayenne. I did add a tsp of chipotle chili powder and a little more cumin. It was chili consistency and absolutely awesome! Thanks!!!!"

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12sophie 210804
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Yum"

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Jandph 144250
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"Taste great."

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carrieannie33 183318
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"It has been a Hit everytime I make this,,,great for parties!"

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porkpen 164216
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"I added cheese tortellini to it and there were no leftovers"

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lclendenin 114387
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"We were hungry for chili, and tomato products spike by hubbies blood sugar; I was looking for an alternative. I was skeptical . . . our only complaint is that it wasn't thick enough! My son said, "Just add cornstarch; it thickens everything!" Going to try it again tomorrow for the Super Bowl."

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BamaBookwyrm 181562
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"This is a go-to recipe in my house. I use rotisserie chicken or occasionally leftover turkey."

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mjstarrs 181863
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"My family LOVES this recipe! I have to cut the spices in half because it is a bit much for us, but still worth it!"

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beann01 183317
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I've made this several times now. This is a favorite at our house."

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DebLovesJoe 168780
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"I substituted a can of cream of chicken soup for one of the cans of chicken broth and it had more of a chili consistency.I would use

less cayenne next time, also."

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aleanak 124509
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"Made a few minor changes. Made the chicken broth with cilantro. Only added a dash of cayenne pepper. Would also label as a soup instead of chili."

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tonibomp 183316
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

"very good- however i added a big can of green enchilada sauce and it gave it another layer of flavor!!"

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lefty11 105311
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"Fantastic! I love how the chicken cooks in the soup!"

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chocoloco 164215
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"I was craving a tortilla soup, and this definatly isn't what I was craving:-( However my husband liked it and wants me to make it again."

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curlysue024 181560
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"I used 32 ounces of chicken broth and more chicken. I also added about 1/2 cup of water. The soup definitely had more liquid, but it tasted great. Next time, I will use less cayenne pepper. This soup is delicious!"

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Hannajo23 183315
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"I won a chili cook off with this recipe! I put in about 1/2 of the cayenne the recipe calls for. Great alternative to regular chili!"

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sheric@wowway.com 183312
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"this did not turn out like a traditional chili. it was more like a soup. way too much broth."

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Kelly Seidel 185237
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"Very good! Might only put 1 teaspoon of cayenne. The chicken was nice and tender! Never thought white beans could taste this good ;)"

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Bella's_Mom 124507
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"A huge hit with everyone in my family, even the ones who aren't big chili fans. It is one of my fall and winter standbys."

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Grandmother Lesley 181812
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"I have never made white chili in any form, so I made this and followed the directions to the "T" without adding any twist of mine to the recipe. We loved it! And I think I am going to cook my own white northern beans to make it next time and put in some frozen turkey breast I have left over from ??? So easy to make with the chopped raw chicken breasts and canned beans."

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joeychick 185236
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"To make this super easy, either get a cooked rotisserie chicken from the deli, or buy a bag of frozen cooked chicken breast strips (that's what I did). Otherwise, I'd probably just fry up some chicken with the onions in the first step. 1.5 tsp of cayenne is way too much. I used somewhere between 0.25 and 0.5 tsp, and I thought that was a little spicy, and I like spicy. Everything else was great. This easy recipe is a keeper for a quick, filling meal."

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starmom5 210803
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"Great recipe, only thing I changed is the amount of cayenne pepper. I reduced it the first time I made, still spicy. I completely left out the cayenne pepper and still good. I like it a little spicy but my young kids don't like spicy food. Still very good without the spice. Much better than a brand name seasoning packet for white chicken chili. I think the secret to making it taste restaurant style is crushing a can of beans for the base. That really gives it flavor and more filling instead of being too soupy. I might even add an extra can of crushed beans next time to make it a little thicker."

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blue_eyes998 166168
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"This was good. I know I can't handle too much "zip" so I cut the cayenne to 1/2 tsp. and it was still a little too spicy, but I solved that by serving this with cheese and sour cream on top (yum!). I thought it still looked a little thin so I added creamed corn, which made a nice addition. I don't know what it was, but we felt like it was missing something to make it really stand out, so we might try another recipe next time we want white chili."

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heather_anne 181559
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"When I went shopping for this recipe I did it off of memory. Therefore, I only got two cans of beans. So instead of mushing beans I put in a can of cream of chicken and a little rue with 7oz of green chilis (I didn't want the rest of the can to go to waste, plus in New Mexico we LOVE our chili :D ). Made alot for two people... Had lots of leftovers and lovin it!!!! DEFINAYELY will make it again!"

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marinersgal69 105309
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"I made this last night for dinner and froze half of it. I thought it was delicious. Never had a white bean chili before. I added a can of corn and uses an extra clove of garlic. I also added some dried Cilantro. I didn't have any Cayenne Pepper, so I added 2 shakes of red pepper flakes. Gave it just enough bite, but not too much. It's very filling. I'll definitely be making this again."

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MidwestMiddie 124505
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"Forgot to mention - I did add the

minced fresh garlic too.
This is a really good recipe.
Will make again."

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MidwestMiddie 185231
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"Great Recipe.

I prepared it using the Philadelphia
Garlic Cooking Creme, which was suggested
by another poster.
I used my Crock Pot on low and the chili
was done in 5 hours.
Added some olive oil to the pot, uncooked
diced onion, 2 cans of chopped green chilies,
seasonings, 4 chopped, frozen & raw boneless
skinless chicken breast halves, chicken broth,
one can of the Northern Beans & one
container of the Philly Cooking Creme.
By adding the one can of Northern Beans
at the beginning, I didn't need to mash them.
About 30 minutes before eating, I added the
last two cans of drained Northern Beans.
We added shredded cheese and a dollop
of sour cream to each bowl before serving.
DELICIOUS.
Note: chicken breast halves used - frozen,
raw, individually packaged halves sold by
a well known company. Guaranteed freshness
and equal size. No problem cutting these
into bite size pieces when frozen.
The chicken in the chili was tender. Perfect."

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Brenda625 124503
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"sorry...i rated the wrong recipe. i didn't try this one. i tried the one called "white bean chicken chili".-- maybe i should have tried this one because i was not impressed with the other recipe anyway."

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Brenda625 99645
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"I made this recipe tonight. I was hoping for a thicker broth from the mashed beans but the longer it cooked the thinner it seemed to be. Maybe I am just not a huge fan of white chili. I left out the jalepenos because my kids were eating it. I just thought with all of the other spices and onions, garlic, salt and pepper it would have more of a flavor. It was fair but a bit bland. I will have to say that adding the sour cream and cheese did enhance the flavor but overall I thought it was not that great."

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oklahomachess 183287
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"Very nice recipe. Easy and very good. I added one tub of Philadelphia Cooking Cream (garlic style) (it is by the Philadelphia cream cheese at the grocery store)...that was a GREAT addition to this recipe!"

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SMQMC 114276
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"This was a very good white chili recipe but I also reduced the cayenne pepper to start because of other reviews. I also thought I had a small can of green chilies in the cabinet but I didn't, so I left them out. Actually, it was a good thing, as the dish is a little spicy for my tastes and it may have been too much had I added those. I also used only 2 cans of great northern beans making this "soupier" than a thick chili. I only did that because I'm the only one here to cook for so I was afraid the recipe as-is would be too large. It came out really well, and I also added some fresh cilantro at the end of cooking. Very good!"

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silvrhwk 180704
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"Surprisingly tasty! I used turkey instead of chicken, roasted garlic from a jar, reduced the cayenne down to 1/4 tsp, and added 1/4 tsp salt. Also added a bit of half and half to my serving after it was all done -- terrific!!! Can't wait to make this for my hubby."

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muoshoo 114275
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"omg this recipe is so easy and delicious..im making it on a snowy day...perfect! I feel like a real chef! :)"

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califdreamin@nemont.net 144248
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"I haven't actually made this exact recipe, but have one very similar that came in an Ortega pamphlet from years ago that's called "Chili Blanco". It has long replaced the typical red beef chili at my house. I do add about 1/2 cup of low fat sour cream at the end, and serve it with additional sour cream, shredded cheese, and verde sauce on the side. Love this dish!"

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giuffrida 164213
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"I have been making this Chili for yrs. Every time I bring it to our church chili contest everyone wants the recipe. I usually win something for it."

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JBEADLES 144247
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"VERY GOOD - NEEDED SALT AND NEXT TIME I WILL USE 1/2 TSP. CAYENNE PEPPER. IT WAS TOO SPICY FOR US SO I ADDED 1 CUP OF HALF AND HALF TO REDUCE THE HEAT AND IT WAS GOOD!!! ALSO PUT A DOLLOP OF SOUR CREAM ON TOP. WILL MAKE IT AGAIN!"

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jenluv37 210802
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2010

"Good once I added a little salt. Too bland for me without it."

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dianalynn15174 164181
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"I have made this recipe twice and served it to friends and family. Everyone has loved it. I put a chopped jalapeno in with the onions and garlic, add a can of corn, and reduce the cayenne pepper just because I don't like a lot of spice."

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EXCITEABLE2U2 114271
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I HAVE MADE THIS SEVERAL TIMES. WE LOVE IT!!"

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berumen 181558
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"My family and i love this recipe so much it has replaced my husbands favorite beef chilli i make. Its very good with some fat free sour cream."

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nateforlife1 99435
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"Made this for a chili supper at church and everyone loved it!"

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Proudmama39 98951
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"I made this using my own pre-soaked white beans and served it at a luncheon. It got rave reviews. I've made it several times and my family loves it."

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