Slow Cooker Spicy White Chicken Chili

A hearty white chicken chili, with a spicy kick! With the slow cooker doing all of the work, it’s a perfect meal for any night of the week.

Slow Cooker Spicy White Chicken Chili Recipe from

I knew it was coming. The day when I’d finish Veronica Mars and I’d have to become productive in the afternoon again. Someone tell me, did the show just abruptly end? Canceled without the chance to give the characters a good send-off? Because that ending was crap. Sorry to spoil it if you haven’t seen it, just brace for it to not end how you may want it to. I only hope that the movie wraps things up better.

Totally unrelated to my obsession with old shows…

It’s snowing again. Not yet, but soon. And we’re supposedly getting slammed with another foot, or so they’re saying right now. Things could change. And the last storm we were supposed to get 6-8+ or something like that and only got a dusting… so I’m not holding my breath here waiting for it to pile up. I’ll just wait it out and see what happens. We’re used to that around here. Just put up with the snow and deal with whatever shows up. But, I am ready for Spring. We got a tease of things to come over the weekend… nearly 50 degrees. Seriously, that’s a treat in February. Ahh… flowers, wattamelon roll, warmer weather and of course… longer days! It’s already starting and I’m super excited for that.

Slow Cooker Spicy White Chicken Chili Recipe from

So because more snow is coming, and because it’s still very much Winter… here’s another totally comforting slow cooker recipe, perfect for any day of the week. It’s great for lunch or dinner and is truly both easy to put together and tasty. I shared a white chicken chili a while back, but wanted to share an updated, even better version.

An easy slow cooker white chicken chili, loaded with seasoned shredded chicken, veggies, beans and topped off with an essential sprinkling of Monterey Jack cheese and fresh jalapeño slices. This chili offers a nice spicy kick. This is an absolute must make. I know I say that a lot, but it’s true. I wouldn’t share something that isn’t really good.

Slow Cooker Spicy White Chicken Chili Recipe from

Slow Cooker Spicy White Chicken Chili

A hearty white chicken chili, with a spicy kick! With the slow cooker doing all of the work, it's a perfect meal for any night of the week.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 15 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3/4 C green bell pepper chopped
  • 3/4 C yellow onion chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 : 15oz cans Northern white beans drained and rinsed
  • 11 oz can corn drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne optional
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 32 oz chicken broth


  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours. Remove chicken, shred and return to slow cooker. Divide among bowls. Serve with optional toppings such as cheese, jalapeño slices, sour cream, etc.


Recipe serves roughly 4-8.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

Slow cooker recipes to try:
Slow cooker enchilada soup
Slow cooker New England clam chowder
Slow cooker sausage and poblano chili
Slow cooker chicken parm meatball soup
Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup
Slow cooker loaded potato soup
Slow cooker mini meatball minestrone soup
Slow cooker chicken soup

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39 Responses to “Slow Cooker Spicy White Chicken Chili”

  1. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — February 4, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I love white chicken chili! Definitely going to try this one. We made your whole wheat buffalo chicken pizza on Saturday night and LOVED it!

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      Rachel — February 4, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed it. I hope you try this and like it just as much :)

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — February 4, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I wish this was cooking away for me right now! Love the heartiness!

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      Rachel — February 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks Steph! :)

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 4, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Another slow cooker soup/chili to add to our rotation. This is a must try, Rachel! I prefer my chili on the spicy side too. Perfect.

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      Rachel — February 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      A spicy kick is always nice :) Thanks Sally!

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    Erin|The Law Student's Wife — February 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

    If it’s not spicy, it’s not chili! Love this hearty soup Rachel, and we NEED it here in WI. Stay warm :)

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      Rachel — February 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks Erin. You too! :)

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — February 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

    You know I love a slowcooker meal, and this one looks great! Bookmarking to try soon!

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      Rachel — February 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks so much Amy. I hope you like it! :)

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    Jenny — February 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I have a recipe just like this but its not spicy! I add a jar of salsa verde and It’s so delicious (but thinner)

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    Meghan — February 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I’m a HUGE VMars fan, and yes it is that unsatisfactory of an ending. The producer and show creator pitched a time jump Season 4 to the network, with Veronica working as an FBI agent, and even created a teaser clip of it to show the powers that were, but it didn’t work. Hopefully the movie does well and we get even more Veronica!

    Also, I’m preparing for the snow in Boston, so chili is definitely on my menu this week as well!

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      Rachel — February 4, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      That ending seriously was lacking. Such a bummer but at least we have the movie to look forward to! Stay warm and dry! :)

  8. #
    Melissa — February 4, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    This looks SO good! I needed a new slow cooker meal and I love a spicy chili. This will be on next week’s menu (if I can wait that long!)

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      Rachel — February 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

      I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! :)

  9. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 5, 2014 at 7:40 am

    If I could picture an image definition for the word “cozy” that would be it! And, as always, love the slow cookery!

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      Rachel — February 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Taylor!! :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 5, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Hope you’re staying warm up there! This would be the perfect soup to warm you up :)

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      Rachel — February 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      It really would! I should’ve planned ahead ;)

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    What Jessica Baked Next... — February 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Yum, this looks like heaven in a bowl. So warming and delicious, can’t wait to try! :)

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      Rachel — February 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you! Enjoy :)

  12. #
    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — February 5, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I’ve never seen Veronica Mars, but I love binge watching old shows, so I will have to check it out! This chili looks so good! I swear, all I want to eat in winter is soup!! This looks so comforting and delicious.

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      Rachel — February 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      You really should! It was pretty fun to watch, even if it was only 3 seasons.

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    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — February 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I bet this chili just pops with flavor. Love any slow cooker meal right now. They are saving me from all this crazy winter weather!

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      Rachel — February 6, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Thanks Laura!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — February 6, 2014 at 7:56 am

    We got blasted with snow the past 2 days. I think there is at least 8 inches out there…I stayed inside so I really don’t know. I do know that your chicken chili looks fabulous! I love how chunky and comforting it looks! Bring on the spice!

  15. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — February 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I love chili, definitely saving this recipe, it looks so warm and delicious!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — February 19, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Update! Made it, loved it! Thank you for sharing the fab recipe! I can’t seem to get the link to paste here but it’s up on my blog now. =)

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      Rachel — February 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!! :)

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    Mish — November 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    This chili was awesome!! Are we supposed to drain the beans? I did not and it was like soup – just making sure I did it right! Everyone loved it!!

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      Rachel — November 30, 2014 at 8:29 am

      They should be rinsed and drained, but that may have been left out of the directions by mistake. Either way it doesn’t change the overall taste of the dish much, just a tiny bit more liquid. So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    Katie — May 26, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I love spicy foods. especially chili. My boyfriend cant handle the spice as much as me though. This will be my first time making a white chicken chili. I am just wondering, is it possible to add a sugar? To make it an almost sweet spicy? I add brown sugar to my ground beef chili, but this flavor seems to be a lot different. Any add ins to help with the spice? or maybe I should omit a certain ingredient?
    Or maybe this is a recipe I should try when he is gone to work for a week. ha ha

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      Rachel — May 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      I definitely don’t recommend adding sugar to this. To cut down on the spice, your best bet would be to not add both the red pepper flakes and jalapeño.

  19. #
    Karla Brookfield — August 4, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Can you do this with rotisserie chicken?

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      Rachel — August 5, 2015 at 6:44 am

      You certainly could. Just be sure to wait and add the chicken towards the end, since it’s already cooked.

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    Anna — October 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Can I use chicken from a rotisserie chicken? If so, should I wait to add it in until later since it’s already cooked? This soup looks so yummy!

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      Rachel — October 30, 2015 at 7:24 am

      You definitely could. And yes, I’d recommend adding it towards the end of the cooking cycle.

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    Annie — October 1, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Made this today to enjoy when we returned home from Apple picking. The flavors were great, but there was a lot of liquid. I think it was more like a stew or soup than what I think of as chili. I took some of the beans out and puréed them and added them back in to thicken it. I would make it again, but either increase the amount of chicken or decrease the liquid.

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      Rachel — October 2, 2017 at 11:47 am

      That’s the great thing about a recipe like this. Take as much or little liquid as you like – some may want more or less depending on preference. I’m glad you enjoyed it! :)

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