Every Halloween we have a bunch of friends over to our house. While the kids trick or treat and gorge themselves on candy, the parents hang out with a glass of wine and our tradition: Jon’s Famous White Chicken Chili Recipe. My Famous White Chili is chock full of roasted chicken, white beans, a kick of chili powder and a beer for good measure – everyone just gobbles it up! I make up a huge batch so the gang can help themselves, and serve it with bowls brimming with various topping choices like green onions, cheese, sour cream and more.

As the kids have gotten older the crowd just grows, and we think they might just be coming for this white chicken chili alone! If you want to grab on to this tradition at your own house, you’ll need to know how to make this chili:

Chili ingredients for the jumbo batch!


(makes about 12-15 servings)

  • One whole roasted chicken, deboned and pulled apart
  • One large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • One stick of unsalted butter
  • 4-6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bottle of beer (optional)
  • 1 can mild green chilis, chopped
  • 3 large cans white beans (Great Northern or Cannelini Beans work fine)
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cayenne (if you like it spicy)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese

In large pot, melt butter and cook onions and garlic until limp. Add chicken broth, beer, spices and green chilis. Bring to boil. Add white beans and refried beans, stirring well. Reduce to simmer and add chicken, heavy cream and cheese. Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly to avoid sticking. Remove from heat, ladle into bowls, and serve with toppings.

Topping ideas:

  • chopped green onions
  • Monterrey Jack cheese
  • pickled jalapeno peppers
  • bacon crumbles
  • sour cream
  • green salsa
  • chopped cilantro

Oh and don’t forget the cornbread – we serve it up with lots of butter and sweet fresh honey.

Hope you like it – let us know how it goes! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!