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White Bean One Pot Chili Recipe

We’re continuing this week with our healthy one pot meals!  Today’s recipe has been one I’ve used for more than 10 years.  The White Bean One Pot Chili Recipe started with a standard white bean chili recipe, but we’ve added a few extra veggies to the pot to boost the nutrition of this yummy soup.
White Bean One Pot Chili Recipe. Healthy soup for kids!

Beans are a super food and definitely belongs in your families diet.

  • Beans are healthy! In fact, some experts recommend 1 cup of beans PER DAY!
  • Beans are cheap!  Food is not cheap, but dry beans can help you get control over your food budget.
  • Beans last a very long time!  They are perfect for food storage.
White Bean One Pot Chili Recipe. Healthy soup for kids!

For this recipe we used Great Northern Beans. For cooking and storing great northern beans, check out our chart on this page. 

White Bean One Pot Chili Recipe. Healthy soup for kids!

With 12 grams of fiber PER CUP, Great Northern Beans keep kids  full, longer.  Great northerns also have 15 grams of protein per serving, and they are a great source of iron.

You can use Great northern beans in recipes that call for Cannelini or White Navy beans.

White Bean One Pot Chili Recipe. Healthy soup for kids!

So, check out our recipe below for White Bean and Veggie One Pot Chili.  Add other veggies you have on hand, or even a grain, like brown rice!  This type of soup is very flexible and can be adapted to vegetarian version (remove the chicken, and replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth!)

White Bean One Pot Chili Recipe

  • 2 breast – chicken breast
  • 1 medium – onion
  • 1 clove – garlic
  • 1 tbsp – olive oil
  • 2 stalk – celery
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, green
  • 3 cup – great northern beans, canned
  • 1 1/2 cup – chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1 tbsp – diced green chilies, canned
  • 1 tsp – cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp – oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp, ground – black pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp – salt
  • 1/2 cup – milk
  • 1 cup – SOUR CREAM, LIGHT
  • Chop chicken, onion, and press garlic.  Heat a a stock pot to medium, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Add chicken and cook until almost done.  Add onion and garlic and saute until almost translucent, only about 3-4 minutes.  Chop celery and green bell pepper, add to pot.
  • Add beans, broth, chilies, and all the seasonings.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add milk and sour cream.

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Is it possible to make this vegetarian or would it not have enough flavour if I leave out the chicken related items? Are there any ingredients I could replace them with? Cheers!


How about leaving the dairy out? Or maybe using coconut or almond milk instead? Baby can’t have dairy 🙁


I haven’t tried it with coconut or almond milk Jill. You could actually leave it out, and it will still be soup- just not as creamy, more brothy.

J Edington

This looks lovely, but what I’m smitten with are those square China pieces you’re using as soup bowls! Any leads I can follow to find them? Thank you! 🙂


Looks delicious. Any way to adjust this to be made is a snow cooker? That would help my schedule a ton. Also, any other veggies that would taste good?


If you used pre-cooked chicken Abigail, I would throw all the ingredients in and just turn it on! It would be great with a rotisserie chicken!

Sheila C.

Could you make this, up to the point of adding the milk and sour cream and store or freeze it to serve later?


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