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I love my slow cooker. There, I said it. It makes my life easy. It’s convenient. And I can make so many delicious things in it, like this white chicken chili recipe. Cozy and satisfying, this white chicken chili is a true comfort food.

This recipe was adapted from my friend’s champion chili recipe and is not your average white chicken chili. The secret? Ranch seasoning and bacon!


Level of difficulty: Easy. Put ingredients in a crockpot, stir, and cook!

Flavor: Creamy chicken chili with a steady Southwestern spice profile and bursts of bacon flavor. Who knew you could take white chicken chili to the next level?!

Time: It will take you just over 4 hours to make your white chicken chili with bacon. This assumes that you’re cooking your bacon while the rest of your chili is in the slow cooker.

Top down view of the ingredients needed for white chicken chili with bacon.


Chicken Breast

Yellow Onion

Frozen Corn

Canned Black Beans

Canned Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chilis (I use Rotel)

Chicken Broth

Crispy, Cooked Bacon

Packet Ranch Seasoning / Dressing Mix (I use Hidden Valley)

Cumin Powder

Chili Powder

Cream Cheese

Shredded Cheddar

Process shots for how to make slow cooker white chicken chili. This collage contains 9 images.


  1. Place ingredients into a large slow cooker. Place chicken into the crockpot first to sit at the bottom during cooking. Then add onion, beans, corn, tomatoes and their juices, spices, broth, and cream cheese into the pot and give it a stir.

  2. Cook for 4-hours on high. Stir 1 or 2 times throughout the cooking process if you can.

  3. While the chili is cooking, cook the bacon. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the bacon strips onto 2 baking sheets, doing your best to not overlap the pieces. Cook for 20 minutes (or until crispy). Remove from the oven and place onto a plate in layers of paper towel to help remove the grease.

  4. Place cooked bacon into the slower cooker. Once cooled, break the bacon strips into bite-sized pieces and place into the slow cooker with the other chili ingredients.

  5. When 4-hours has passed, temp your chicken to ensure it’s cooked, then shred. Using an instant read thermometer, check that your chicken breasts have reached 165°F then remove from the slow cooker and shred. You can do this by using 2 forks or by placing it into a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium (my new favorite method!). Put shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and stir to distribute.

  6. Serve with a generous portion of shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy!

  7. Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

A large bowl filled with crockpot white chicken chili topped with cheese. The bowl has a spoon in it. Another bowl of chili sits in the background and a small bowl of cheese in the front.


Load your white chicken chili up with all of your favorite chili toppings, like:

  • Additional cheese

  • Oyster Crackers

  • Cilantro

  • Green Onions

  • Jalapenos

  • Avocado

  • Sour Cream

  • Tortilla Chips or Tortilla Strips


You can use full-fat or reduced-fat cream cheese. Both will taste great!

You have the option to pre-cook the bacon. Is it easier for your schedule to cook the bacon the day before you want to make your chili? Go ahead! Just store the cooked bacon in the fridge to put into the slow cooker with the rest of your ingredients.

If you are cooking the bacon while the chili is on, your goal is to get it cooked and into the slow cooker with at least an hour to go. This will allow the flavors to meld together before serving.

Can’t find (or don’t like) fire roasted tomatoes with green chilis? Replace them with the same amount of canned fire roasted tomatoes + 2, 4oz cans of mild green chilis. If green chilis aren’t your thing, use the same amount of canned fire roasted tomatoes or standard diced tomatoes instead.

Prefer to add the shredded cheddar to the pot of chili vs. topping with cheddar? Go for it! If you’d prefer to do this, add 2 cups of shredded cheddar to the slow cooker when you place the shredded chicken back into the pot and stir to combine and melt.

Want to add more protein into this chili recipe? Use bone broth! Chicken bone broth tastes great in this recipe, and adds protein, collagen, and a whole bunch of nutrients. If using, just replace the standard chicken broth with the same quantity of chicken bone broth.

Top down view of a bowl of white chicken chili.