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White Chicken Chili – a make ahead camping meal

Have you ever made a recipe that people rave about for years? This White Chicken Chili is that recipe. And it’s a perfect make ahead camping meal. Especially for the wonderful chilly nights that make fall camping fabulous. Although it’s not exactly the easiest recipe in the world, it’s definitely one of the best to make in advance, freeze, and serve when you need it. I should know… I made it for 400 people.

White Chicken Chili with Spoon Camping M

400 people! Crazy! I was shredding chicken, roasting poblanos, dicing jalapenos, packaging, freezing, and thawing for weeks.  But the end result was SO worth it. My sister had a completely amazing Halloween Party a few years ago (I wrote a blog about it here if you’re interested. It’s very cool…) Yes, 400 people came to be amazed, awed, and frightened by my sister’s talent. So I made the food. White Chicken Chili to be exact. And the guests loved it!

White Chicken Chili Camping Meal Overhea

Fast forward and I realized it’s the perfect make ahead camping meal. Spend a little time at home making it and freezing it, but when you’re out enjoying the wonders of fall camping just pull it out and heat it up. Serve with some great toppings and I promise people will be talking about it for years!

White Chicken Chili Bowl

This is a slightly modified version of the original to make it a little easier to prepare (canned chiles instead of roasted fresh ones). Plus the addition of corn takes it to a fresh, new level. It’s full of juicy rotisserie chicken, diced green chilis, tender shallots (my favorite part!), and some fresh jalapenos for that awesome kick! Top it off with tangy sour cream, cool fresh tomatoes, and a sprinkle of cilantro and you’ve got yourself a hit on your hands (and in everyone’s bellies!)

Check it out on The Spicy Apron cooking show! In 360 and Virtual Reality! (Those with iPhone/Safari will have to watch it directly in the YouTube app…. just until Apple decides to catch up and play nice with VR Videos! Lol!)

How To Make White Chicken Chili – Your Make Ahead Camping Meal

Heat up your pot, add some oil, the shallots then garlic and jalapenos. Add the wonderful spices that make chili chili and stir. Add chicken broth and simmer. Toss in your cannellini beans, steamed corn, green chiles, and shredded chicken. Thicken it up a bit with a cornstarch mixture, simmer, then add cream. Let cool. Store in a large, heavy duty zip top bag. Freeze flat. Thaw and heat up when you’re camping. Top with sour cream, cilantro, Monterey Jack cheese, and fresh tomatoes. Yum!

Your life will be so much easier at the campsite come dinner time! Just heat and serve! Oh… don’t forget the bowls. (I did that once. Not good.) Nothing says fall more than autumn camping. Well, maybe White Chicken Chili does…. (or this Spiked Hot Chocolate?) You decide. Just be ready for all the praise you’ll get. And if you can’t get out camping, at least make it for your next Halloween party. It’s perfect for that too!

Looking for more Fall Camping Recipes? Try these:

Easy Camping Meals – One Pot Spaghetti

Sausage Pumpkin Pasta – Fall Camping at its Best


White Chicken Chili with Spoon Camping M
White Chicken Chili - a make ahead camping meal
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 Bowls 20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 Bowls 20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
White Chicken Chili with Spoon Camping M
White Chicken Chili - a make ahead camping meal
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 Bowls 20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 Bowls 20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Bowls
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Add shallots, garlic, and jalapenos. Add a large pinch of salt and cook until softened, approximately 5 minutes. Add cumin, coriander, and chili powder and cook about a minute.
  2. Slowly add chicken broth, scraping up all the bits off the bottom of the pot. Increase heat to high until boiling. Add cornstarch mixture and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add beans, canned chiles, corn, and chicken. Return to a simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add cream. Add additional salt and pepper for desired taste. Heat through and serve with chopped cilantro, jalapeno, shredded cheese, sour cream and diced tomato for garnish.
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