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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is ultra creamy with lots of southwestern spices. Serve with Frito Chips and you have a great gameday chili.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili topped with frito chips in a blue bowl.

White Chicken Chili cooked in a crock pot is flavored with southwestern spices and makes a hearty and tasty meal with plenty of spice. This isn’t your ordinary chili. With a block of cream cheese, this is chili creamy style. And it makes the perfect comfort food.

Winter weather came late to South Carolina. I think we had the warmest December on record. But it is finally here. And when the cold weather sets in, there’s no better way to warm up than a bowl of chili. Especially if it has lots of spice and flavor.

This White Chicken Chili is the perfect change-up from a tomato-based chili. I could eat it once a week and not get tired of it.

Most of the seasoning comes from a packet of taco seasoning which makes flavoring the chili super easy. I’ve also added a diced jalapeno and a can of diced green chilies for more spice.

Close-up of Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili in blue soup bowl.

Northern beans add some substance and are in keeping with the “white” theme of this chili.

In addition to cream cheese, Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili also has cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese for plenty of cheesiness.

How To Serve

Add some frito chips or tortilla chips on top for some crunch. You can also add all kinds of other toppings: more cheese, green onions, cilantro, and maybe some avocado. The toppings really are the fun part. ย ๐Ÿ™‚


Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days and can be reheated in the microwave.

White Chicken Chili in a blue soup bowl.

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is super creamy and cheesy with lots of southwestern flavor. Serve with crunchy Frito chips for a hearty winter meal.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 6 hours
TOTAL: 6 hours 5 minutes
SERVINGS: 6 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 2 cans northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • sliced green onions
  • Frito chips


  • Place onion and jalapeno in bottom of crock pot. Put chicken on top.
  • Add green chiles, taco seasoning, chicken broth, and beans. Cover crock pot and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Add cream cheese and cook on LOW for 1 more hour.
  • Add shredded cheese and stir until cheese melts, shredding the chicken as you stir. If cheese doesn’t melt all the way, cover for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve with green onions and Frito chips.


Calories: 461kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Soup

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Kitchen Tools and Products I use to make this recipe: 

Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker, 6-Quart – since my old crock pot developed a crack, I have been using this one and I love it.

Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners– no clean-up if you use these liners and nothing sticks!  ๐Ÿ˜†

Originally posted January 8, 2016.

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58 thoughts on “Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili”

  1. Russell Lee Brown

    I figured when I read the recipe that shredding the chicken while stirring would be problematic. It was. The chicken didn’t shred evenly, so I had to dip big chunks of the chicken out, shred them with two forks, then add them back to the pot. Not an arduous task, but this is simply an FYI. Delicious dish, though.

  2. Darlene Robinson

    If you don’t have 5-6 hours to make it, is there any trick to being able to shorten the cooking time and it still come out OK? Like griling or baking the chicken in the oven first? Any suggestions?

  3. This recipe turned out wonderfully! It is now in my recipe rotation. I had to make 2 changes; I didn’t have a can of diced peppers so I added a chopped red bell pepper, which added a little color. I also didnt added extra jalepenos to kick up the heat.

  4. Laughing cow cheese is a great substitute for lower calorie and healthier versions of some of these delicious recipes using cream cheese!

  5. This looks delicious! Does anyone have suggestions for adding any beans? I love chili with beans. Thanks for any suggestions!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      You can add any type of beans Lisa. I would use canned beans and rinse and drain them. And I would put them in with the cream cheese.

  6. This was so simple and so good! I’ve been looking for a white chicken chili recipe to try and this one had me at cream cheese. Only change I made was using a small can of diced jalapenos instead. We topped our bowls off with a dollop of sour cream and some fritos. Delicious, thanks for sharing!!

    1. This looks delicious! Does anyone have suggestions for adding any beans? I love chili with beans. Thanks for any suggestions!

  7. I have never had a white chili before, it looks delicious and as I like everything made with cream cheese, I am sure I would love this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Christin,
    This is the best sounding/looking chili recipe I’ve seen. All that cheese is “to die for”! And I love the thought of the Fritos with it. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  9. This looks absolutely incredible! Ive been dying to get a slow cooker for ages and this recipe might have just tipped me over the edge!

  10. Your house is the place to be for game nights! It finally got cold this past week but back to warmer this weekend. The weather’s been a bit wild but good thing we can eat this white chicken chili anytime, any weather! Looks so tasty!

  11. I love cream cheese in soups! This looks so great. I really like that you can make it in the slow cooker, and it’s so cold up here that I’ve pretty much been eating soup every day.

  12. It’s a grey day here today and this looks extra-specially enticing. I love chicken chili and this looks like a winner.

  13. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    Oh this came right at the perfect time for me! I was just craving white chili!! I love that this one has a lot of spices and flavor. I’m putting this on my menu plan for next week for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

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