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Feeling the desire to hibernate for the winter? Fire up your slow cooker and cozy up with one of these easy slow cooker recipes to keep you warm even when the weather is cold.

Two bowls of white bean chicken chili topped with cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers

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Every year around this time I am hit with an intense desire to hibernate for the rest of winter.

I know that I shouldn’t really want to hide out until the holidays are over and the gloom of January hits, but when you’ve been thinking about holiday recipes since August…well, let’s just say your girl is kind of ready for a long winter’s nap.

The hustle and bustle of December definitely doesn’t help. We’ve had dance recitals, piano recitals, holiday parties and more.

I’m wiped.

Of course, once I remind myself to take a moment to see the season through my sweet girl’s eyes, the magic comes back. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be fully ready to cozy up and hide out come January.

Thank goodness for my slow cooker. Being able to pop a meal into my slow cooker in the morning and completely forget about it until dinnertime is just about the best thing ever during these long winter days.

Ingredients for white bean chicken chili on a marble countertop


Soup recipes are some of my favorites to toss into the slow cooker, with chili rising to the top of the list.

Chili is hearty and comforting and so much fun to customize with whatever toppings your family loves best.

This Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili has been making the dinner list quite often around here.

White beans soaking in a glass bowl on a marble countertop

Made with Frontier Soups™ California Gold Rush White Bean Chili Mix, this meal comes together with almost no effort yet still avoids any of the added salt or artificial ingredients I wouldn’t want to feed to my kiddo.

Because I make this White Bean Chicken Chili in the slow cooker, it actually cuts down on a lot of the prep time that making a soup with dried beans would normally require. All I have to do is soak the beans overnight, then drain them and add them to the slow cooker in the morning.

Ingredients for white bean chili in the bowl of a slow cooker

You can even cook the ground chicken the night before if you’d like. If you do, the only thing you’d have to do in the morning is add the drained beans, broth, and diced sweet potato and turn the slow cooker on.

If you’re not a morning person, this is definitely the recipe for you.

Bowls of white bean chicken chili next to plates of cornbread


If you grew up on more traditional tomato-based chilis, you might be wondering what you should serve with your Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili.

Honestly, whatever you already love to eat with chili! Or even take some inspiration from Chicken Tortilla Soup toppings.

White bean chili in bowls on a countertop next to cornbread and sliced jalapenos

I like to serve mine with cornbread (and there is no shame in using a mix or picking up a pan from the store!) or fresh beer bread and an assortment of toppings for the family to choose from.

White bean chili in bowls on a countertop next to cornbread and sliced jalapenos

I always go for shredded monterey jack cheese and sliced jalapeños, but sour cream, green onions, avocado, or even pickled jalapeños would all be great options.

And don’t forget the cilantro!

Two white bowls filled with chicken chili next to a plate of cornbread


Looking for even more slow cooker recipes to add to your winter rotation?

I’ve gathered up some of my favorites right here for you. You’ll love turning to these recipes when you need a cozy night in.

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Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

By: Jamie
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Soaking Time: 8 hours
Total: 14 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 11
Feeling the desire to hibernate for the winter? Fire up your slow cooker and cozy up with a bowl of White Bean Chicken Chili!



Prepare the beans the night before:

  • 1. Rinse, drain and pick over the beans.
  • 2. Place beans in a bowl with 2 quarts water, let stand on counter overnight.

Assembling the chili in the morning (or the night before):

  • 1. In a skillet, sauté ground chicken in oil over medium heat. Stir in contents of vegetable packet.
  • 2. Transfer seasoned chicken to bowl of slow cooker. (Cover and refrigerate, if doing the night before.)


  • 1. Drain beans and add to slow cooker with broth and diced sweet potato.
  • 2. Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 hours.
  • 3. Optional: Serve with toppings of your choice, such as shredded cheese and sliced jalapeños.

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