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My Favorite Crockpot White Chicken Chili

This crockpot white chicken chili is the perfect meal for chilly days. Pop everything in the crockpot in the morning and at dinner time, it’s ready to serve! Top it with cheddar cheese, cilantro, sliced avocado, sour cream and tortilla chips for an extra special meal.

What I want from my crockpot is something I can throw in early in the morning and not think about again until it’s time to eat.

Also, I want it to taste delicious.

And I want it not to include a bunch of fake ingredients.

And I don’t want a lot of fussy steps at the beginning like precooking things or adding things half-way through.

AND (I know, I ask a lot here. . .I’m kind of annoyed with me), I want it to cook all day long. It always bothered me when I was working full-time when recipes cooked for four hours. Who is starting a crockpot meal at two in the afternoon!? I need something that can cook all day without burning or going completely dry.

(If you want something that only cooks for 3-4 hours, use canned beans instead of dry beans and cook it on high!)

This crockpot white chicken chili is that meal.

easy crockpot white chicken chili

I make this any time I am taking a meal to someone because it is so delicious, it takes about five minutes to throw together and, bonus, it’s inexpensive.

Add some biscuits or muffins and, ta-da! Dinner is served.

crockpot white chicken chili 

crockpot white chicken chili

5 from 23 votes

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

This crockpot white chicken chili is the perfect meal for cold fall and winter days! Pop everything in the crockpot in the morning and at dinner time, it's ready to serve!

Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 2 chicken breasts or thighs frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 pound dry white beans
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can 4 oz chopped green chilies (or two cans if you really like things spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream


  1. Rinse dried beans thoroughly and toss them in the crockpot. Add everything else except the sour cream and whipping cream. Stir a little bit and cook on low for 7-10 hours.
  2. Shred the chicken a little bit with two forks (this should be super easy - the chicken will be falling apart by this point). Stir in the sour cream and then the cream. Let sit for another 15 minutes or so to warm through. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Quick-cooking method:Use 3 cans of beans instead of dry beans. Rinse beans thoroughly before adding to crockpot and decrease broth to 3 cups. Cook for about 4 hours. Vegetarian version: Leave out the chicken and substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth

(slightly adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe)

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Photos by Heather Mildenstein

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  1. 5 stars
    Looks like a great recipe. Have to add it to my list of ones to try. And I like your requirements for the crock pot, although I do sometimes want the option to speed things up if necessary–8 hours on low or 4 hours on high(hard to do with beans though). Glad you are home safe with lots of good books.

  2. 5 stars
    I have a really similar recipe to this that I make on the stove that takes about an hour to cook. I love it and it's my go-to meal when anyone flies to see us- warm and comforting and filling- everything an airplane is not.

    I'm glad to have this one where I can let the crockpot do all the work. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    I am totally with you on those crock pot requirements. I mean, what is the point of the crock pot if you have to add stuff to it throughout the day????? The whole glory of the crock pot is that you are cooking dinner while you are OUT OF THE HOUSE.

    Although, I don't necessarily mind having to do some pre-cooking. I usually do everything the night before and then keep the pot in the fridge until the morning of. So on days where I'm really with it, I'll cook dinner and do the next day's crock pot dinner at the same time. And then I'll proceed to tell Eric how awesome I am for like the next 24 hours.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh yum, thanks!! I definitely agree with your crockpot guidelines. Nothing is worse than coming home from a long day of work to burnt and shriveled meat in your crockpot.

  5. 5 stars
    So glad you posted this! I've been looking for recipes that fit your crockpot requirements and this fits the bill. I made Mels honey lime enchiladas last night…divine. Though for that I subbed the whipping cream for FAGE 0% Greek Yogurt and it came out great. I'm wondering if I can do the same with this. I'll have to mess around with it and try it out. I love subbing fat for protein!

  6. 5 stars
    Plantboy gave me a stainless steel crockpot (thank you Costco) for Christmas that has a timer on it. Brilliant.

  7. 5 stars
    umm hello!? I'M the one starting ALL crockpot recipes at 2 in the afternoon because there is no way I'm organized enough to think about dinner before then!

  8. 5 stars
    YES. You have it exactly right with the crockpot rules. I want to dump stuff in before work and have dinner when I come home. Without having to buy one of the fancy crockpots with a timer. And, I want my meals to be vegetarian, which adds another layer of difficulty, since most crockpot recipes… aren't. (I'm actually not working outside the house now, but still.)

    Also, at the risk of sounding like a creeper, I was hoping to run into you at Midwinter so that I could meet you in person and say how much I love your blog. But, sounds like you were gone before I went, so I'll have to say it here. I love your blog. Thanks for posting.

  9. 5 stars
    Does this fill a full sized crock pot? I'm making lunch for about 10 people so I would probably need to double it but I am not sure it would all fit!

  10. What did I do wrong here? I followed all directions to a T and had this in the crockpot on low from midnight to 8am this morning. It is DRY and burning on the sides of the pot! I thought maybe I didn't have enough liquid, but I put in a box of broth that was 32oz. So even a little more than called for. I haven't added the SC or heavy cream yet but I don't think it's going to salvage it. It doesn't even look like soup… 🙁 Maybe my crockpot is too hot???

    1. I'm so sorry it didn't work for you! I'm guessing your crockpot just runs pretty hot. Sounds like you needed a lot more liquid to keep it from drying completely out.

  11. Mine was dry also after cooking for 8 hours. I added another can of broth before adding the sour cream and that seemed to do the trick.

  12. Okay…it's been 8 hours and the beans are still hard. Maybe next time I'll soak the beans the night before to assure they get cooked in the crock pot. Should be edible in 4 or 5 more hours!!

    1. I'm so surprised to hear that (and I'm so sorry!). I've cooked mine for as little as five hours on low and still had them be soft. I wonder why yours are still hard.

  13. I accidentally added the cream in the morning with all the other ingredients 🙁 is my chili ruined now?

    That's what I get for trying to put together dinner with a house full of screaming kids running around lol

  14. I accidentally added the cream along with all the other ingredients when I was putting it together in the morning. I didn't read the directions first… Whoops.

    Is my chili ruined? 🙁

  15. 5 stars
    Made this today! I put it on at 6:30 am & 6 hours later, tastes YUMMY! I added some more broth & seasonings! Beans are tender, chicken is tender, what else can one want!
    I did add 2 cans mild green Chile’s! Would definitely recommend this recipe!

  16. 5 stars
    What kind of crockpot do you have? I have an instant pot, but I don’t love the crockpot setting on it. The last crockpot I had cooked WAY too hot and nothing ever turned out. What’s the best crockpot?

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  18. 5 stars
    Putting this on my list. I’m 100% sure that the taste of this chili is amazing. I believe all the ingredients really work together. I especially like that the meal is inexpensive.
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with us. I’ve just bookmarked the page. I’m so excited at the idea of giving the meal a try. I’m planning to make it for my grandma who’s coming to visit us really soon. Hope she’ll enjoy it!

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