White Chili with a Kick

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.


9 servings (2-1/4 quarts)

Updated: Nov. 23, 2022
Store-bought rotisserie chicken makes this spicy chili easy, but you could also cook your own. We like it with various combinations of sour cream, green onions, cheese and salsa on top. —Emmajean Anderson, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
White Chili with a Kick Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) white corn, drained
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Optional: Salsa and chopped green onions


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Gradually add broth and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken, beans, corn, chiles, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and pepper sauce; heat through. Stir in cheese until melted.
  3. If desired, garnish each serving with salsa and green onions.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 424 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 896mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 31g protein.