November 2nd, 2015

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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If you’re anything like me, your slow cooker gets a lot of use this time of year. With soccer practices and school performances almost weekly, I love the convenience of using my slow cooker for satisfying meals like this White Chicken Chili.


Like many slow cooker recipes, this chili doesn’t need to cook all day, which is why I love my Hamilton Beach Programmable Stay or Go 6 QT Slow Cooker.

I can set it to cook for a specified number of hours and when time is up, it automatically switches to warm until we’re ready to eat.

Which means my family can still sit down to a hearty, home-cooked meal in the evening, but I don’t have to worry about dinner over-cooking if soccer practice goes late or I need to run some after-school errands. 


The Programmable Stay or Go 6 QT Slow Cooker also has a single clip to secure the lid in place, which makes it easy to transport your food.

In fact, I used my slow cooker to take a big batch of this White Chicken Chili to a Halloween party and potluck last weekend. It was so easy to transport.

And the chili disappeared! Even better, the lid and stoneware are dishwasher safe, so clean-up is a breeze.


I love that this chili is so versatile.  You can leave out the chicken for a vegetarian version, or use pork in place of the chicken.


 If you’d like to add some extra kick, try pepper jack cheese in place of the Monterrey Jack. My husband (who is not a bean person) usually has seconds!


This is one of my absolute favorite comfort food recipes. I hope you love it as much as we do! 

Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

Preparation 15 min Cook Time 6 hr Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins


  • 4 (15 oz.) cans white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 (4 oz.) cans diced green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Place beans, broth, whole chicken breasts, diced chilies, and oregano in a slow cooker. Cover and set slow cooker to low.
  2. Meanwhile, warm oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and cumin and cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add onion and garlic mixture to slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. About 30 minutes before serving, remove chicken breasts from slow cooker. Shred the chicken and set aside.
  5. Remove about 2 cups of chili from the slow cooker and puree in a blender; return the pureed chili to the slow cooker and stir to combine. (Alternately, you can use an immersion blender right in the pot–just be sure to leave some whole beans).
  6. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker, along with the sour cream and Monterrey Jack cheese. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro.
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This post was sponsored by Hamilton Beach. All opinions are my own.



  1. What! Why do I not have one of these already? I thought a slow cooker was the best invention. And now we can program them? I need to crawl out from underneath my rock and get one. Can’t wait to make french dip in it!

  2. Natalie Tycksen says:

    I love cooking stew in the crockpot! Your chili looks amazing!

  3. I have not cooked in a slow cooker. I do not have a slow cooker but I know that a friend of mine makes good pulled pork in hers.

  4. I love to make pulled pork in my slow cooker. This recipe looks amazing…. I have to try it out! 🙂

  5. Becky Ellis says:

    I have a burrito stuffing recipe with beans, rice, corn, chicken, etc. that I love making in the slow cooker. Got the recipe from my SIL. It’s easy and delicious!

  6. My favorite is potato, kale, and spicy Italian sausage in a crock pot! So hearty in the winter!

  7. I love my slow cooker, and make a variety of meals with it. Your recipe looks good for a cold day!

  8. Do I have to pick only one?! This time of year it seems I get a new favorite crock pot recipe weekly! How about Crock Pot mashed potatoes! Easy and perfect for Thanksgiving!

  9. I like any kind of meat, chicken, beef, pork tenderloin. They come out so tender and juicy.

  10. I like to make candy in my crockpot – it melts the chocolate slowly…. I would give this winning crockpot to my sister. thanks!

  11. Mexican Pork Stew and posole are 2 of my favorites!

  12. I love my slow cooker! Seriously, I don’t know what I’d do without it. We live white chili too and I’ve been looking for a better recipe so I’m excited to try this one. My favorite thing to make in the slow cooker is probably mashed potatoes!

  13. Teri Giese says:

    Was super excited when I recently purchased the casserole slow cooker! Programmable? SWEET! Love throwing literally any chunk of meat in my, “archaic “,low, high,or off, version of a slow cooker, let it go all day. Meat and potatoes one day, shredded meat for sandwiches or burritos the next. Need me another more modern version, in time for holiday meal making. Thanks for the giveaway and I love and have made many of your recipes. This chili sounds good for tomorrow!

  14. Ali Celestino says:

    I like making Broccoli and Cheese soup or cabbage soup

  15. I love to make beef and broccoli in the Crock Pot.

  16. Chicken Nachos!!

  17. My favorite dish to make in the slow cooker is a toss up between beef stew or chili.

  18. My favorite dish to make in the slow cooker is BBQ pulled pork!

  19. Tracie Cooper says:

    Our favorite slow cooker meals are Beef Stew and Chili Con Carne!

  20. Brenda Haines says:

    Pork shoulder roast with cranberry orange sauce, it’s so good!!!

  21. valerie sobus says:

    can i just say that as a first time mom with a 9 month old, ALL of the meals i cook in the crockpot are my favorite?!?! hahaha. seriously. I think if i had to pick though, it would be chicken and dumplings! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win — my mom who works a lot would really benefit from owning a crock pot and i’d love to surprise her with one.

    • Thanks Valerie. My kids are 11, 15 and 18 and I love my slow cooker even more now than I did back then! Dinner would be impossible some nights without it–so many after school activities! Good luck!

  22. Chili or pot roast!

  23. I love my slow cooker! My favorite thing to make a brisket. Yum!

  24. My husband loves when I do a whole chicken and potatoes.

  25. kathy eyre says:

    I like to make bread pudding and butternut squash soup in my ancient slow cooker

  26. Wendy Forbes says:

    My favorite slow cooker meal is pot roast.

  27. I love to cook pork for pulled pork sandwiches in my slow cooker… I use it so much it has a crack in it, so I could definitely put a new one to good use.

  28. BBQ pulled chicken in the slow cooker.. my fave!

  29. My favorite thing to make is stuffed peppers.

  30. I would have to say pork loin with vegetables

  31. I think beef stew is my favorite, with chili running a very close second.

  32. Mariaelena says:

    I like BBQ chicken!

  33. slow cooking oatmeal

  34. Charles-Linda Bradshaw says:

    We like to cook chili and also beef stew in the crockpot.

  35. There are so many things I love to make in the crockpot..but I’d have to say that crockpot stuffing is probably my favorite. It’s simple, delicious and hard to mess up! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  36. Karen Matlock says:

    I love chili but I’m going to try stuffing this year 🙂

  37. I love to make pasta sauce in the slow cooker.


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