Creamy Cheesy White Chicken Chili: Cooking From Your Pantry

Creamy Cheesy White Chicken Chilli

Do you like to hoard certain food items? I do. After being bedridden for months and unable to get to the grocery store, I quickly learned the value of having a well stocked pantry.

Previously, my pantry was shamefully lacking in basic staples. I try to cook with whole, fresh foods when I can, but sometimes that's not possible and you need to pull from your pantry reserves for a while.

Like when your head is constantly in the....porcelain throne. O.K. Side note: After racking my brain for a nicer term for what we all know I mean, I came across some very interesting names for it. Comfort Room. Place of Easement. Necessarium. Really? Who thinks these up?

Anyway, I didn't have a very good stockpile, so my husband was constantly running to the store every other day...or picking up fast food. Long story short, I am obsessed with hoarding the basics now.

My goal is to have a 3 month supply of everything. Should I ever be in that position again, I want the peace of mind knowing my family won't starve...or have to live on junk. So this posts starts my Cooking From Your Pantry series. When you have a cabinet full of ingredients, it's always helpful to have a good collection of recipes to use with it!

This white chicken chili is a recipe I got from my sister-in-law Christel. I love how thick, creamy and cheesy it is, thanks to a generous amount of cream cheese and cheddar cheese added to the mix. It's so hearty and filling, and is a great recipe for cooking from your pantry.



Creamy Cheesy White Chicken Chili
Yield: 8-10 Servings   Printable Recipe

2 cans white northern beans
2 cans corn
2 cans diced tomatoes, or 2 tomatoes, diced
2 cans diced green chillies
1 cup water or chicken broth
2 packages white chicken chili seasoning (I use Mccormack)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, cooked (can also use a rotisserie chicken)
1 (8-oz) package cream cheese
shredded cheddar cheese (about 1-2 cups)


Place all ingredients except for the cheddar cheese in a crockpot, and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Stir occasionally. Towards the end of cooking time, stir in the cheddar cheese and allow to melt.

Recipe Notes: This dish also works really well made on the stove top, and is super fast to make. Just throw everything in a big pot and heat up. To save even more time, use a rotisserie chicken instead of having to cook your chicken.

Creamy Cheesy White Chicken Chilli


Medeja- CranberryJam said...

Cream cheese is a really interesting ingredient.. Looks and sounds so delicious that I really would like to try it :)

Belinda @zomppa said...

This one is definitely one you want to have ready!!

Laurie {Simply Scratch} said...

I totally agree! {I'm beginning to thing we share the same brain!} I always have certain things on hand in case I can't get to the store. Stuff for spaghetti, chili and pizza! PS... Love this white chicken chili!

Susana I. said...

Can I use something instead of the packages white chicken chili seasoning? Have never seen it in my country. Thanks.

Unknown said...

Hi Susanna, I haven't personally tried substituting, but any of the spices used in a white chicken chili recipe would work. Here is an idea of a sub for one packet, so if you need two packets just double it:
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cilantro

Hope this helps!

Susana I. said...

Thank you!! I´m looking forward to try it, looks really good! :)

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