Cha Cha's White Chicken Chili

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  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    20 m
  • Ready In

    30 m
Recipe by  Cathy

“Delicious white bean chili. Cha Cha says: 'It's kinda spicy, so watch out!' Substitute mild green chiles for the jalapenos if you're scared! Use more chicken and cheese as desired.”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Slowly cook and stir the onion until tender. Mix in the garlic, jalapeno, green chile peppers, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until tender, about 3 minutes. Mix in the chicken broth, chicken and white beans. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove the mixture from heat. Slowly stir in the cheese until melted. Serve warm.

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This is a great recipe. Based on my preferences and from previous feedback, I made some modifications. My husband and I like spicy food but I found this recipe as is is a little too spicy. I only use a 1/2 of the jalapeƱos and cayenne pepper. I use 2 cans of the green chilies. I wanted my chili a little thicker so I pureed one can of the white beans and only used 2 cups of chicken broth. I also added a can of black beans and a can of corn. And finally since the cheese adds a lot of fat, rather than mixing it all in, I just sprinkle a little on top before eating. This is really delicious. Everyone I serve it too raves about it.



We loved this recipe but it is soooooo hot! Per a previous review, I cut down to 2 cans of beans, and only used 1/4 tsp of cayene pepper and added some sour cream to cool it down but still...HOT! I will make again but I will eliminate the jalapeno peppers altogether (I'm not a huge fan of them anyways), cut the cumin down to 1 tsp and omit all cayenne pepper. Really, the taste is fabulous...if your not weak of tongue. I was practically sweating just eating a bowl! Still, will make again with my alterations.

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First of all Excellent the tase is quite unique. Two helpful hints. I put everything together before I even turned on the flame on my big pot. Also I put the cheese in last so that it would not burn on the bottom of the pot. Made it both ways and frankly both ways turned out the same with the surprise when you eat it the next day. WOW!

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 684 cal
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 16.8 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs
  • 74.9 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 59.1 g
  • 118%
  • Cholesterol
  • 102 mg
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 1896 mg
  • 76%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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