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.
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!
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!
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!)
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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!
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