Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is NOT a copycat recipe.....I'll take this over the 'real thing' anyday...but I found it after the local Don Pablo's closed and I was desperately searching for a 'copycat' of their White Chicken Chili (which is actually very good white chili!). ..... never found one that fit the bill, but my sister sent me this recipe and I fell in love with it. It has some similarity to the Don Pablo's version, but I actually find it to be so much more hearty and flavorful! I make this at least every couple of months now, no matter the time of year. It has a LOT of heat, but the sour cream added at the end helps tone it down. You can also use a milder pepper (could use mild green chilis, roasted, skinned and chopped) if you or yours are not fans of spicy food.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in large sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic, onions, and chicken. Sauté for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Set aside.
  3. In a large stock pot combine chicken broth, cumin, coriander, ground white pepper, lime juice, jalapeno peppers and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. (The aroma of this soup base is very pungent -- don't let it scare you! Once it's all put together, the base blends beautifully with the other ingredients, mellows out a bit and creates a wonderful flavor.).
  5. Add the chicken, garlic, and onion mixture, plus the corn, beans, bell pepper, and beer.
  6. Cover and let simmer for approximately 30-35 minutes.
  7. When finished, remove from heat and stir in the sour cream and fresh cilantro.
  8. Garnish each bowl with the shredded pepper jack cheese and/or pico de gallo and serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

This was delicious. I had to sub a can of hominy for 1 can of the beans, and rice vinegar for the lime juice since I lacked those 2 ingredients. Still was great. The hominy actually gave it an interesting texture too. I'm glad that you warned us about the smell while cooking; my husband was put off by it, but pleasantly surprised when he tasted the final product. Thanks for a different white chili recipe. Will make it again!

infogeek January 13, 2013

Made this last weekend the whole family loved it.

joesmith89 June 17, 2011

I thought this was great. Loved the flavors. I used leftover chicken, wine and 2 jalapenos for half a recipe. I used pepper jack cheese and added 1/2 t. oregano and 1/8 t. cayenne.

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