White Chili with Tomatillos and Chicken

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White Chili with Tomatillos and Chicken.

This is truly one of the most comforting and heart-warming bowls of yumminess we’ve ever made.

Deep in flavor, so hearty, and very easy to make. What could be better than that?

 A white bowl of white chili with roasted tomatillos and chicken with a spoon next to it.


Using a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket makes this dish come together in a short amount of time.

We love making this white chili!

Watch us show you how easy it is to prepare this White Chili with Tomatillos and Chicken!


The ingredients in this chili work beautifully together.

If you can’t find fresh tomatillos, you could substitute chopped green bell pepper.

If you can’t find Ro-tel, you can usually find canned tomatoes with chiles from another brand. If not, just go with two 15 oz. cans of stewed tomatoes.

A tabletop of ingredient for White Chili with Tomatillos and Chicken


As the tomatillos cook, they become very tender and delicious.

If you like your chili a little on the spicy side, use two finely chopped jalapeños, instead of just one.

The smell, as you build the chili, is amazing. But just wait for the taste.

Chopped tomatillos, jalapeño and tomatoes in a skillet with a wooden spoon

The white beans give the chili its white appearance.

You can use white beans, Great Northern beans, or cannellini beans.

If you choose to use dried beans, be sure to soak them overnight. We find for this recipe, canned beans work great.

A hand holding white beans for white chili with roasted tomatillos


We love to get three or four flour tortillas and cut them into strips.

A pizza cutter makes this a snap.

We love corn tortillas, but we find flour works wonderfully with this White Chili with Tomatillos and Chicken.

A hand using a pizza cutter to cut tortillas strips for white chili

Simply take a nice sturdy pan and fill it with about 1 inch of vegetable oil.

Once the oil is shimmering, toss in a handful of the tortilla strips.

They are ready once they become a golden brown. Remove and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

A slotted spoon holding a batch of fried flour tortilla strips.


I honestly don’t remember where I got this recipe from, but I have been making it for many years, and it never disappoints.

It was one of those dishes that tastes like it slow-cooked for hours on end.

When actually, it all comes together and is ready to eat within about 30 to 40 minutes.

White chili with roasted tomatillos and chicken in a large skillet with a wooden spoon.

As with most chilis, this is even better the next day.

We love to serve it with the fried tortilla strips, a dollop of sour cream, and some shredded cheddar and Monterrey jack cheese.

Comfort at its best.

A white bowl of white chili with roasted tomatillos and chicken

This is one dish you will be so happy you made.

And so will your loved ones.

Aren’t you just dying to have a big ‘ole spoonful of this incredible White Chili with Tomatillos and Chicken? We thought so.  Now, if you’re looking for a traditional red chili, you’ve got to try our amazing Texas Red Chili!  But in the meantime, you’re going to flip for this chili!  Just look at that bowl of yumminess!

A spoonful of white Chile with roasted tomatillos and chicken

A white bowl of white chili with roasted tomatillos and chicken

White Chili with Tomatillos and Chicken

This White Chili with Tomatillos and Chicken is the most comforting bowl of yumminess. Tomatillos can be found in the produce section of most well-stocked food markets.  However, if you can't find them, you can substitute chopped green bell pepper.  And this comes together in 30 to 40 minutes!  So good!
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Course: Soup or Stew
Cuisine: American Southern
Keyword: Ro-Tel, Rotisserie Chicken, Tomatillos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 296kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cans Ro-tel or canned tomatoes with chiles
  • 6 tomatillos skin removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 7 oz. can green chiles chopped
  • 2 cups cooked chicken rotisserie works well
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 19 oz. cans white beans, drained or Great Northern or cannellini,
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sour cream for garnish
  • Cheddar cheese and Monterrey Jack cheese shredded, for garnish
  • Flour tortilla strips lightly fried in oil


  • Fry the tortillas strips in oil until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.  Set aside. 
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet (or Dutch oven) over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, until softened.  Add the garlic, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomatillos, and jalapeño. Cook until the tomatillos are tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock, green chiles, chicken, oregano, cumin, cilantro, beans, and lime juice.
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes, season with a healthy pinch of salt and pepper.  Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
  • Ladle the chili into serving bowls.  Serve garnished with a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips. 



Calories: 296kcal
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  • Under instructions;
    #5 states “add the chicken stock”.
    nowhere under ingredients is a line that mentions “chicken stock”. I would like to make the White Chili, it sounds like it would be great but how much chicken stock do I use?

    • Hi Doug!

      Thank you so very much for bringing that to our attention. It takes 2 cups of chicken stock. We’ve updated the recipe to reflect this. Thanks again and let us know how it turns out when you make it!! Thanks! Kris & Wesley

  • I am going to make this tonight! Wish me luck! It looks so delish! Probably won’t taste the same without the Loon in the kitchen 🙁

  • Ok. So I made it. Twice in a week. That’s a lotta chili! It was soooo good we had it for breakfast lunch and dinner! Seriously… So delish!!! Thanks Kris and the Loon!

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