Spicy White Chicken Chili

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There’s something about football season (and possibly this Spicy White Chicken Chili) that shifts our family more toward fall than the actual changing of the seasons.

All the sisters grew up cheering on our local high school football team on Friday nights (they’ve since consolidated) and we all cheered our midget league teams to victory on Saturday afternoons. Our hometown college team had the most wins of any Division I-A or I-AA college football program in the country in the 90s. All four sisters attended Marshall University at some point in our college days. We spent (some of us still do) many a weekend tailgating and cheering on the Thundering Herd. That means a lot of chilly afternoons and evenings stuffing our plates and bellies with delicious tailgate food.

A HOUSE DIVIDED

My family is split when it comes to pro teams, since we actually don’t have a pro team in West Virginia. Jodi (and my parents) all root for the Cincinnati Bengals. My husband is a Kansas City Chiefs fan. After a brief stint in Pittsburgh (I interned one summer at KDKA-TV) I jumped wholeheartedly on the Steelers bandwagon and still proudly wave my terrible towel on Sundays.

So now that you know where our loyalties lie on the gridiron, our loyalties in the kitchen during football season are with chili, spicy foods, hearty dishes, and preferably smothered in cheese. Luckily for us (and for you) this Spicy White Chicken Chili checks all the boxes.

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Spicy White Chicken Chili Recipe Inspiration

This recipe was inspired by a Rachael Ray recipe my husband and I tried out years ago. We’ve changed things up, including using shredded chicken instead of ground chicken, adding beans (a chili ain’t a chili without beans!) The heat element is totally adjustable. Leave it out entirely if you aren’t feeling spicy. Crank it up all the way if you are. Start off small, then build if you aren’t sure.

Spicy White Chicken Chili Step-by-Step

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Grab a big olstockpot, making sure it’s large enough to fit a hearty batch of soup.

Chop up your carrots, onions, and celery.

Turn the heat on about medium and drizzle in your oil. Add in carrots, onion, and celery and cook about 5-6 minutes, until veggies are softened.

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Add paprika and garlic and cook another minute, until you can start to smell the garlic.

Next, add stock or broth, making sure to scrape all the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

Drain and rinse your beans. Add the beans, tomatoes, chicken, and hot sauce.

Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Serve this Spicy White Chicken Chili with cornbread, tortilla chips, blue cheese, pepper jack cheese, sour cream or any mixture of the above. It’s good with everything!

Fourganic Sisters White Chicken Chili
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Spicy White Chicken Chili

Darrah
A veggie-filled chicken chili with a flexible heat level that is perfect for a cool fall evening. It's an easy way to use up leftover shredded chicken.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded (use leftover chicken from whole chicken!)
  • 3 carrots finely diced
  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery finely diced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 can Great Northern beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 28-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 32-ounce carton chicken stock
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2-4 T hot sauce optional, depending on how much you like hot sauce!

Instructions
 

  • In large stockpot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add in carrots, onion and celery and cook about 5-6 minutes, until veggies are softened.
  • Add paprika and garlic and cook another minute.
  • Add stock or broth, making sure to scrape all the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Add beans, tomatoes, chicken, and hot sauce.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Notes

Notes: Serve with cornbread, tortilla chips, blue cheese, pepper jack cheese, sour cream or any mixture of the above. It’s good with everything!
Keyword buffalo chicken chili, football food, tailgate food, what to do with leftover shredded chicken, white chicken chili
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