White Chicken Chili

Chiliiiii! Okay, listen.

I know there are tragillions of white chicken chili recipes out there. I ain’t trying to reinvent the white chicken chili wheel. But! I’ve been fine tunin’ this har thang for a while now, and it’s ready for you, my chinchillas.

I mean, it’s chili. But it’s good! Like, super good. And it’s slow cooker. Amen. Let’s peep it.

Also we’re starting a band called White Chicken Chili Wheel. (I need to start that list!)

I want to say the magic comes from two places – besides every single ingredient that you’re seeing.

  1. The cream cheese! Key is to have it at EXTREME room temp. Otherwise it may clump and look like curdled milk boogers and you’ll curse my name and I have to wash my hair this week and can’t have you upset with me.
  2. The guacamole salsa. This is absolutely, most definitely not sponsored by this brand, but THIS is what I used. (the mild, not medium. it’s got a kick!) And you can seriously find it anywhere. Right in with the salsas. Either look up or down, it won’t be eye level. Sneaksters!
  3. Let’s see what else, the poblano peppers, spices (hi, RANCH DRESSING PACKET), onion, chicken, mashy mash white beans, corn, stock, ummmmmm, yeah it’s all pimp in this.

Did I mention it’s slow cooker?

It’s totally slow cooker.

You’ll do the leg work up front, and then zhush it up later on with a few cilantro leaves and a hit of lime.

And shredded sharp cheddar. Der.

Also! You can absolutely use chicken thighs in this. I used breasts because that’s what I had in the fridge, and I know so many of you dig the breasts (wait what?), but my peeeeersonal choice here would be thighs. So just use what your raging inner soul fairies demand of you.

Helloooooo, honey child of creamy love babies.

So listen. The poblano peppers, you’re probably thinking, “Holy moles, Bev. Three of those? Will my face erupt in flame?” Naw. They’ve got a little bit of heat, but more than anything they just add that good solid earthy pepper flavor to the whole thing.

Honestly, it’s all just lovely and scrumptious and creamy and flavorful and not too spicy yet a little sweet with the corn and comforting and slurpilicious and perfect for winter and you like run-on sentences as much I do, right?

Top with cheese. Top with lime. Top with cilantro. Top with avocado. Top with your face.

My work here is done.

White Chicken Chili
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  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast (or thighs)
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup guacamole salsa (salsa verde works, too)
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained and rinsed
  • 3 poblano peppers, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (10 oz) bag frozen diced onion (or 1 large white onion, diced)
  • 2 (15 oz) cans white kidney beans, drained and rinsed (half smashed with a fork)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 (1 oz) ranch dressing packet
  • 1 Tbs. cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 block very softened room temp cream cheese, torn into little chunks
  • coarse salt
  • Fresh cilantro, grated cheddar cheese, avocado and lime wedges for garnish


  1. Combine everything (from the chicken breast through a good pinch of coarse salt) in a slow cooker. Cook on high for four hours, or low for six hours (even eight is fine.) Using two forks, shred the chicken right in the pot and stir it all together, making sure the cream cheese is blended beautifully into the chili. Taste it now to adjust anything. Need more salt? Some lime juice for a hit of acidity? Add away!
  2. Ladle and serve with plenty of cilantro, sliced avocado and extra lime wedges. Sickly delish.
  3. Serves about 6!

There can never be too many white chicken chili recipes in this world, truly.

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20 Responses to White Chicken Chili

  1. Melissa P. January 14, 2020 at 11:38 am #
    Wait! 16 ounces of dried Ranch mix??? I bought a one ounce.
    • Bev Weidner January 14, 2020 at 11:50 am #
      Oh my gosh, hahahaha! I'm dying laughing at this. In my sick haze, I looked at the packet and saw "makes two cups. 16 oz." OOPS. YES, these are ONE OUNCE packets. Recipe is updated, thank you!! :)
      • Melissa January 15, 2020 at 6:37 am #
        I followed this exactly, except I was scared and only used 2 poblanos... Why didn’t I listen to you? Regardless it was fantastic and we praised your name during dinner. Heredez brand makes the guac salsa I used.
  2. Marijke January 14, 2020 at 11:50 am #
    There is such a thing as guacamole salsa? I have never seen that in the UK and now I need to emigrate!
    • Bev Weidner January 14, 2020 at 11:52 am #
      Yesss and if you have Target there, you can get it! I want to say it's a worldwide brand, so hopefully you can find it!
  3. Amanda January 14, 2020 at 1:20 pm #
    I just Instacarted all the ingredients I don’t have because #priorities, but I cannot wait to make this!
  4. Shannon Brown January 16, 2020 at 2:27 pm #
    LOVE that you use a ranch dressing packet! My mom ALWAYS uses that in her chili so this made me super happy. :)
    • Bev Weidner January 17, 2020 at 7:30 am #
      Ahh I love that! Ranch packets are the key to happiness, I fully believe. Your mom had it right.:)
      • Anonymous January 17, 2020 at 3:04 pm #
        I can't use ranch packets because of the MSG. Any substitutions you can think of?
        • Amanda January 20, 2020 at 6:09 pm #
          Gimmesomeoven has a homemade substitution !
  5. Anonymous January 17, 2020 at 1:15 pm #
    Just ate it for lunch - my new go-to white chicken chili fo sho!
  6. Lana F. January 20, 2020 at 7:41 am #
    I made this for our Chiefs game day party yesterday. Everyone loved it! Thank you! I can't wait to try more of your recipes.
    • Tracy September 10, 2020 at 11:08 pm #
      Love your recipes and style of writing I'm over in Dubai. I can't find dry ranch mix here. Anything I can use instead? American garden ranch sauce I found would that work?
  7. Chelsea Rupp January 20, 2020 at 1:44 pm #
    Made this for this week's lunches. I threw everything in the crockpot before we left to watch, mostly just eat and drink around a TV, the Packer's lose the playoff game. My husband and I loved this recipe!
  8. Liz January 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm #
    Making this for our Super Bowl party!!! Looks AMAZING!
  9. Tricia January 23, 2020 at 5:47 pm #
    This is definitely my new go to white chicken chili! AMAZING! Thanks Bev!
  10. Laura J Altobelli September 16, 2020 at 11:46 am #
    OMG, this is my new favorite white chili recipe...so so good! I took a leap of faith and used all 3 poblano peppers, and they gave it such a rich, spicy but smoky flavor. I used a mild avocado/green tomatillo salsa and frozen corn instead of canned. I'm the person who always curses the recipes that say 30 minutes of prep time because I always find it takes me twice as long as predicted, but by using pre-chopped onion I was able to get everything in the crockpot in less than 20! We topped it with a blend of 4 Mexican cheeses, avocado, and tortilla salad toppers. My husband polished off 3 bowls - think it will make it into rotation at least twice a month this winter!
  11. mapquest driving directions January 24, 2021 at 10:13 pm #
    It's so perfect for my diet meal. I will cook this recipe tonight.


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