Southwestern White Chili

Try it once, and this chicken recipe might just top the list of your favorite 30-minute meals. The simple white chili combines chicken, white beans, green chile peppers, and Monterey Jack cheese with all the right seasonings for a quick and satisfying meal in a bowl.

Southwestern White Chili
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 15.5 ounce cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

  • 4 cup chicken broth

  • 2 4 ounce cans diced green chile peppers or chopped jalapeño chile peppers (optional)

  • 3 cup chopped cooked chicken

  • 2 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican-style four-cheese blend (8 ounces)

  • Sour cream (optional)

  • Canned diced green chile peppers or chopped jalapeño chile peppers (optional)


  1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook onion and garlic in hot oil until onion is tender. Stir in cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add 1 can of the beans to the Dutch oven; mash with a potato masher or fork. Stir in the remaining 2 cans beans, chicken stock, and the 2 cans chile peppers. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in chicken; heat through.

  2. Ladle chili into bowls. Top individual servings with the cheese. If desired, top with sour cream and additional canned chile peppers.

Smart Swap

Use cooked turkey in place of the chicken if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

409 Calories
15g Fat
34g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 409
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 445mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 313mg 24%
Iron 3.7mg 21%
Potassium 716mg 15%
Folate, total 132.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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