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Mexican White Chili

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
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) 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


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

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  • meaganteal
    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.

  • Leigh-Bob
    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.

  • rmb0715
    Oct 16, 2013

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

  • kawman600
    Feb 28, 2012

    absolutely flavorless!

  • shell7293
    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.

  • KellyTBoyle
    Oct 23, 2010

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

  • margie bistran
    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.

  • Lisateachs2
    Oct 27, 2009

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

  • 5xamom
    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!