Southwest White Chili

It’s cold and gray here, a perfect day for soup. Reposting this recipe from Delia’s fun soup series. Now all I need is someone to come and make this for me. Anyone? :)


Soup is really the perfect food for these cooler fall days. It’s also great for feeding a crowd or extended family at a holiday gathering, which happens quite often for us during the next few months. This Southwest White Chili is a popular one for my family. The recipe itself was created by one of my aunts, then modified by another aunt, which is the version I had. I have taken that and made the ingredient amounts a little more ‘official’, though it’s probably yet another version.

The best part? All versions are delicious.

So what kind of soup do you prefer, brothy or not-so-brothy?

My husband and I don’t agree on this. I like the more brothy soups while MJ does everything he can to make soups more into casseroles by adding mounds and mounds of crackers. :) If you like more liquid soup, this one is for you. A chicken broth base with shredded chicken, beans and green chiles, seasoned with garlic, cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes and fresh cilantro, one of my favorite herbs.

For this soup, I like to boil the chicken before hand and then shred it using my KitchenAid mixer. (Do you know that trick?) Then the chicken goes into the pot with olive oil and chopped onion to cook . After that, in goes the broth, green chiles, beans, cilantro and spices. Simmer for 30 minutes.

The soup is delicious as is but the toppings make it even better. I like to add everything. Green onions, Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream make this irresistible. And it’s made all the better with a squeeze of a lime wedge.

And if you need a side? Warm cornbread is perfection.

Southwest White Chili

recipe from my aunts, Lori & Julie


  • • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • • 6 cup chicken broth
  • • 2-4oz cans chopped green chiles
  • • 2-19oz cans cannelloni beans, undrained
  • • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • • 1 tsp oregano
  • • 4-6 Tbsp cilantro leaves
  • Toppings:
  • • chopped green onions
  • • shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • • lime wedges
  • • sour cream
  • • cilantro leaves


  1. Boil the chicken until fully cooked and then shred.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot and add in the shredded chicken and chopped onion. Cook for 4-5 minutes
  3. Pour in the chicken broth, green chiles, undrained beans, garlic powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, oregano and cilantro leaves. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  4. Garnish with more cilantro, green onions, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream and lime juice.

Take care.

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3 thoughts on “Southwest White Chili

  1. This sounds like a great combination of flavors. I am big fan of while chicken chili and this kind of reminds me of it..pinning this for later! Thanks.

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