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Super Creamy White Chicken Chili with Seasoned Tots

This White Chicken Chili is THE BOMB. Chicken, white beans, and green chiles folded up in a creamy soup blanket and topped with golden, crispity seasoned tots, cilantro, green onion, and hot sauce. WOW. Top combo.

White Chicken Chili with Tots: An Essay

You need to be putting tator tots on your white chicken chili. That is the beginning and the end of this persuasive essay.

White chicken chili is already a top ten food for me, and this one is weeknight easy, just a little spicy, extra creamy, and uncluttered.

But when you take the chicken, white beans, green chiles and cumin and oregano wrapped in a blanket of creamy soup and level it up with the crispity golden bite of a perfectly seasoned tot? Oof. Wow. This is peak winter food.

I’ve always been extremely loyal to Sarah’s White Chicken Chili – it’s one of my favorite soups and one that many of you have told me has won you all kinds of awards at chili cookoffs. So the bar is high for white chicken chili here on POY.

But this new white chicken chili has earned its place on the site. It’s easier, there’s just less going on with it, and it’s a bit thicker and maybe even a bit more comfort-food cozy.

White chicken chili with tots. That’s my thesis. The end!

How To Make This Chicken Chili


Cook the onions and garlic.

Sauté until they’re nice and golden. The house smells yummy already.

Cooking onions and garlic for white chicken chili


Add the spices and green chiles.

Flavor, flavor! Let’s get it going.

Cooking onions, garlic, and spices for white chicken chili


Add everything else.

Chicken, beans, broth, sour cream, cream, and that little cornstarch slurry! Everybody in the pan to make it nice and creamy and delicious.

Chicken, sour cream, and beans going into the white chicken chili


Simmer till it’s thickened.

Behold the creaminess. It’s next level.

Creamy white chicken chili in a Dutch oven


You’re Done! Yum.

Top with tots, cilantro and green onion, and hot sauce. A true hungry person masterpiece.

White chicken chili topped with tots and Tabasco

Watch How To Make This Chicken Chili

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Super Creamy White Chicken Chili with Seasoned Tots

  • Author: Lindsay Ostrom
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 45 servings 1x


Chicken, white beans, and green chiles folded up in a creamy soup blanket and topped with golden, crispity seasoned tots. WOW. Top combo.


Units Scale

White Chicken Chili

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • two 4-ounce cans diced green chiles
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • one 15-ounce can white beans (I usually use white chili beans or great northern beans)
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken is very yummy, or you can just add cooked chicken breast)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water


  • 1 bag frozen seasoned tator tots
  • chopped cilantro and green onion
  • hot sauce (I like a few shots of Tabasco on this)


  1. Make Your Tots: Follow package directions for a bag of frozen tator tots. The soup doesn’t take too long so I usually like to do this first (they usually take 20-30 minutes).
  2. Cook the onions and garlic: Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven. Add onions and garlic; sauté until nice and fragrant, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add spices: Add green chiles, spices, and salt. Give it a minute to get nice and yummy.
  4. Add everything else: Add beans, chicken, broth, sour cream, cream, and cornstarch slurry. Simmer until slightly thickened.
  5. You’re Done! Top each bowl of soup with a pile of seasoned tots, some cilantro and green onion, and a shot of hot sauce if you want. Absolute delight. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: white chili, chicken chili, white chicken chili, tater tots

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