White Bean Chicken Chili

If the temps go below 80 in September in Arkansas, we pull out the sweaters, jeans, and boots…and make chili.  Never mind that it will be close to 90 degrees two days later.  We will enjoy a “fall day” any way we can get it!  Last week gave us a few such days, and White Bean Chili made the menu!  This recipe makes a large batch, is delicious, and can be easily frozen for later use.  

White Bean Chili

1 lb dried Northern Beans or 3-(16 oz) cans

2 medium onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T. vegetable oil
4-5 chicken breasts, cooked
5 c. chicken broth 
1-(7 oz) can chopped green chilis, drained
2 T. ground cumin
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/8 t. dried oregeno 
1/4 t. dried cloves (I omit)
1/2 T. chili powder
1/2 t. Tabasco or other hot sauce
1/8 t. ground cardamom (I omit)

For topping chili:
Grated Monterey Jack cheese
Sour Cream

Cook beans according to directions if using dry beans.

 In a stockpot, saute onion and garlic in vegetable oil until tender. To onion mixture, add beans, chicken, and next 9 ingredients, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. Add additional seasonings to taste. (We added more Tabasco and chili powder)

 Serve with grated Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, and salsa.  Cornbread is the perfect addition to make a meal.

Best prepared one day in advance, and leftovers freeze easily.


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  1. This is one of my favorite meals in the fall/winter! I can’t wait to make some. I’ll have to try this recipe!!

    are you talking about the comment you left on my blog about the playlist? I commented back to you on there but I wasn’t sure if you checked the email follow-up comments box! :)
    I think I still have an old version of blogger and that’s why you can’t reply to my comments???

  2. That looks yummy. As soon as we felt a nip in the air, I made chili. Yum. Chili and Razorback football…my favorite things of this season!

  3. Hi there! I just found your blog and now I’m your newest follower! This chili looks amazing. We’re a huge fan of chili this time of year too, and I like trying new recipes like this!
    I’ll be back soon.
    Leslie :)

  4. I love white bean chicken chili. Yours looks delicious!

  5. My Dad used to make this when I was @ home! I think I might try it over the weekend! Thank you for sharing!!

  6. This looks sooo yummy, and absolutely perfect for this time of year! It’s not even 8am and now I’m craving this for dinner 😀

    Thanks for sharing – I pinned this to my Pinterest!


  7. YUM! I LOVE your recipe ! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and share your tasty recipe with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  8. this looks delicious. I’m excited to try it out. I love white bean chili’s, they are my fav. take care! I’m a new follower.


  9. Yum, Yum, SO YUM! Printing this out right now! Thank you for posting it! Delish!!!!!!

  10. This is my favorite. Yours looks delicious. Come over and visit us. We have a terrific apple sausage casserole.

  11. This looks so delicious! I am so excited for fall to start and the weather to get cooler..soups will be a staple around here once that happens :)

  12. Looks so good. I’ve love to have you link up a Food Fridays. Clck my name and join me please.

  13. Rhea Leigh Swalm says:

    Hello dear friend!!! I just want you to know…I LOVE your blog and have used your recipes all throughout the holidays!!!! You are a true inspiration! I’m making your white chicken chili tonight! Keep them coming! Love & miss you!

    Delta Delta Delta HUGS!
    Rhea Leigh :)