Spicy White Chicken Chili


This is by far, our favorite winter crock pot recipe. We traditionally make it on New Years as the main dish, and it is always a hit. You can mash up some of the beans and add a few pinches of flour if you like it a bit more thick. I have found that if you follow the recipe that it turns out a little thinner like soup (but still very good!). I always add a bit more jalapeños and cayenne because I like it more spicy! I also like that it’s a recipe you can customize and make your own.


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeno peppers
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
3 (15 ounce) cans white beans
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Brown the garlic with oil in a sauce pan and throw in the chicken chopped in slices or pieces.  Cook until done and set aside.
  2. Add all of the rest of the ingredients with the cooked chicken/garlic into the crock pot and cook on low for at least 5 hours (6-8 hours preferred).
  3. Slowly stir in the cheese until melted. Serve warm.

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  1. I keep coming back to this recipe. (I think I found it through a blog carnival almost a year ago.) It is so delicious and my family goes wild for it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. i’m interested in knowing how much chili this recipe makes? i have a 7 qt crock pot and I’m not sure how much ingredients I should buy according to this recipe.

    making the chili tonight and don’t want to mess it up.



  3. Hi David,

    We typically make a double batch which fills our 5.5 qt. crock pot pretty full. If you run into any additional questions, feel free to email us at jessica@kohlercreated.com!

  4. Love Love Loved this recipe, along with everyone in the fam- and there are a ton of us! Do you have a favorite chicken tortilla soup recipe?

  5. Do You drain the beans?

  6. Kristen Winslow says:

    Hey I don’t have time to thaw out the chicken to cook, can I just place all the ingredients plus the frozen chicken into the crockpot and let cook and then shred up the chicken when it is all done!?

    • Kristen,

      You can do that but you will need to be sure to cook it in the crock pot to at least 6 hours. To be extra safe you may want to use an instant read thermometer and ensure the chicken is cooked through, however after 6+ hours it should be.



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