11 White Chili Recipes to Cozy Up with This Fall

Three-Bean White Chili in bowls
Photo: Jacob Fox

Fall means shorter days, cooler temps, and heartier dishes to warm you from the inside out. And there is no better hearty comfort food than a pot of stick-to-your-ribs white chili. These delicious white chili recipes skip the beef and include chicken, white beans, veggies, and creamy additions for the perfect bowl.

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Spicy White Chili

Spicy White Chili
Andy Lyons

This is the white chicken chili recipe our readers keep coming back for. Don't let the word "spicy" keep you from making this white chili, either. It's only got a bit of a kick from cayenne, but you can definitely leave it out. Use purchased rotisserie chicken to get this white chili on the table quicker.

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Fast or Slow White Chicken Chili

pot of white chicken chili
Jason Donnelly

Allow your cooking time to meet your busy schedule with our recipe featuring directions for Instant Pot white chicken chili or slow cooker white chicken chili. Go beyond cheese and top your bowl with radishes, avocado, and roasted pepitas.

Buy It: Instant Pot Duo Plus ($80, Target)

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Tomatillo Turkey Chili with Spelt

Tomatillo Turkey Chili with Spelt
Karla Conrad

Up your daily whole grain intake by adding spelt to your chili bowl. Turkey breast (try using leftover turkey) and cannelini beans provide an excellent amount of protein. Spelt gives the white turkey chili extra fiber, calcium, and immune-boosting properties.

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White Chili

Roasted Vegetable White Chicken Chili
Jason Donnelly

This globally-inspired white chili recipe opts for pork shoulder roast as the meaty main ingredient. Chipotle chile powder and nutmeg add surprising, yet tasty results to the pot. Give your white chili a bit of tropical flair by adding lime juice and topping the bowl with sliced mango.

Buy It: Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven ($50, Walmart)

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Southwestern White Chili

Southwestern White Chili
Kritsada Panichgul

Our Test Kitchen's 30-minute white chili recipe is so good everyone will think it's been simmering al day. We up the spice factor a bit here by using cayenne and chile peppers. Top with cheese and a dollop of sour cream to tame the heat.

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Three-Bean White Chili

Three-Bean White Chili in bowls
Jacob Fox

This hearty vegetarian white chili recipe is one even meat-eaters will devour. The three types of beans (cannellini, black-eyed peas, and pinto) keep this meatless meal full of plant-based protein. You can also turn this into a vegan white chili recipe by swapping the sour cream with a nondairy alternative.

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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili
Kritsada Panichgul

When it comes to classics, this is the white chicken chili recipe you're looking for. White beans, onions, bell peppers, and spices combine in the slow cooker for the ultimate bowl of comfort.

Buy It: Crock-Pot Slow Cooker ($40, Target)

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Wasatch Mountain Chili

Wasatch Mountain Chili
Kim Cornelison

Think you don't have time to cook after a long day? Think again. This satisfying white chili recipe loaded with hominy and beans only takes 15 minutes to make! That means you'll still have plenty of time after dinner to unwind.

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Roasted Vegetable White Chicken Chili

Roasted Vegetable White Chicken Chili
Jason Donnelly

This white chicken chili recipe is loaded with veggies to give your bowl a bit more nutrition. Roasting the poblano peppers under high heat first allows them to char a bit, making the flavor rich and smoky. If you don't have time, swap the poblanos with canned fire-roasted diced green chiles to achieve an equally tasty result.

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Coconut Chicken Chili

Coconut Chicken Chili
Andy Lyons

Here's dairy-free white chicken chili recipe full of flavor. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, beans, and veggies swim in an irresistible combo of coconut milk, peanut butter (don't knock it until you try it!), and warm spices. Enjoy atop hot cooked rice for an Asian-inspired take on chili night.

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Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili

Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili
Andy Lyons

If you're a fan of chicken tortilla soup, this white chicken chili recipe is like its hearty, creamy cousin. Opt to shred your own cheese to add to the pot here. The preshredded bags of cheese contain anti-caking agents that can make it difficult to melt in the soup, causing an undesirable texture.

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