I love chili. It’s a great way to warm up on a cold day and it’s also a great way to use leftover chicken or beef. This white chicken chili recipe is made with all kinds of veggies and spices, so there are plenty of ways you can customize it!
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt. Set aside to cool.
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Pour water into a large stockpot over medium-high heat; bring to a boil.
Stir in chicken bouillon cubes, garlic and chicken. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.
- Don’t forget to add the chicken bouillon cubes. I used a large stockpot, but you can use a dutch oven if you have one.
- Don’t forget to reduce the heat to low after adding the chicken so that it doesn’t boil over and make a mess.
Remove chicken from the pot and set aside until cool enough to handle; shred with two forks.
Return chicken to the pot; stir in green chiles, diced tomatoes and reserved onion mixture. Add bacon, pinto beans and white beans into the pot. Cover and cook for 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend together.
- Remove chicken from the pot and set aside until cool enough to handle; shred with two forks. Return chicken to the pot; stir in green chiles, diced tomatoes and reserved onion mixture. Add bacon, pinto beans and white beans into the pot. Cover and cook for 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend together.
- Serve hot or cold with tortilla chips on top!
Serve with shredded Monterey Jack or sharp Cheddar cheese and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.
Serve with shredded Monterey Jack or sharp Cheddar cheese and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired. You can also use sour cream or avocado as a topping, if you’d like!
You can make this chili on the stovetop by bringing it to a simmer over medium heat. Alternatively, you can bake it in an ovenproof dish at 350°F until hot throughout (about 30 minutes).
A little spicy chili to spice up your life
This is a spicy chili, so if you’re not into spicy food then maybe take this with a grain of salt. It’s also white, which makes it perfect for those who love their white chili and want to make sure they get their fill of it. The chicken in here is tenderized by the addition of bacon, which adds another layer of flavor to what could otherwise be an ordinary tomato-based dish (and yes I’ve tried making a tomato-based dish myself).
The beans are topped off with green chiles—a little kick that will remind you why we love chili so much!
Now you can make your own chicken chili at home and enjoy the convenience of making it in a crock pot! You’ll also save money by not having to buy store bought ingredients. This recipe is simple and easy, with no difficult steps or equipment needed. You only need two ingredients: onions and chili powder. If you don’t have any on hand then substitute with another ingredient of your choice such as peppers instead of green chiles or tomatoes instead of black beans – just make sure that whatever combination works best together with the other ingredients which means more flavour without adding too much heat!