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Spicy White Chili Recipe

Spicy White Chili Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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shapeweaver User ID: 3033170 251829
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"On 7/24 ,I made this recipe for mine and my SO's dinner.I did do a few changes , I just used 1 can of green chilies,homemade chicken broth, and cutting back the cumin to 1 1 /2 teaspoons. Then proceeded on with the recipe. As with most chili recipes,the longer you let them simmer the better they taste. So I let this simmer for 1 1/2 hours and right before serving the cheese was added. We both thought it was just o.k.. Thanks for sharing. " Keep Smiling :) ""

jynxxmartin User ID: 7415157 235849
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."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 230665
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."

Simplegardener User ID: 7092709 9348
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"Thank you for posting this recipe."

Mrskelly User ID: 6433735 19558
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!"

mojomo User ID: 4462613 11034
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~~~~"

SaraJoy User ID: 5984313 10415
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"This chili is not near as spicy as you would think but it is very good. To add a little heat, I did garnish with jalapenos as suggested. I also omitted the cloves. This is a keeper!"

Sevilla90 User ID: 4512687 200646
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"Making it again today. I just left out the nutmeg b/c I'm not a fan. My fiancé loves this recipe too. TY for posting it."

weather_girl User ID: 4763655 8694
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"This is the best white chili I've ever had! My whole family loves it. It is requested quite often."

bobinrowe User ID: 4492011 10749
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"this is the best white chili i have had, my family loves it also"

Kertie User ID: 1091316 11033
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2009

"This is AMAZING. I didn't have green chilies or cayenne on hand, but made it anyway. So it was milder, but it was so flavorful!"

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