White Chili with Hominy

This is not your grandmother's chili. White Chili with Hominy brings a fresh new taste to the dinner table.

This White Chili with Hominy recipe comes to us from Santa Fe, New Mexico. This dish is creamy, delicious, and easy to make. It’s made with chicken breasts, onion, canola oil, white hominy, cannellini beans, chicken broth, green chilies, garlic salt, dried basil, ground cumin, white pepper, cayenne pepper, sour cream, half-and-half cream, and minced fresh cilantro.

Ways to Make Chili

The art of chili making is wide and varied. This recipe calls for chicken and a white sauce but most chili recipes call for a tomato sauce base. Although most Tex-Mex chili recipes use ground beef, beef cubes, pork, and a mix of beef and pork.

The sauce can be red or white, the meat can be beef, pork, or chicken, and it can have all types of spices, but the two constants of chili are beans and chili powder.

How to Store Chili

To maximize the shelf life of cooked chili for safety and quality, refrigerate the chili promptly in covered airtight containers. Properly stored, cooked chili will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

To store chili in a freezer, put the chili in an airtight container or freezer bags and freeze for 4 to 6 months.

History of Chili

The first known mention of Chili was by the Franciscan friar, Bernardino de SahagΓΊn in 1529 when he described a food being eaten by the indigenous Mexican Indians. He told of the chili pepper-seasoned stews being consumed in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, what is now known as Mexico City.

With the introduction of cattle by the Spanish the native Americans began to add beef to their chili. The first white chili surfaced in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the late 1980s.

The City of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the capital of the U.S. state of New Mexico. With a population of 84,683, it is the fourth-largest city in New Mexico. It is also the county seat of Santa Fe County. Its metropolitan area is part of the Albuquerque–Santa Fe–Las Vegas combined statistical area, which had a population of 1,178,664 in 2018.

A Brief History of Santa Fe

One of the earliest known settlements in what today is downtown Santa Fe came sometime after 900 CE. A group of native Tewa built a cluster of homes that centered around the site of today’s Plaza and spread for half a mile to the south and west; the village was called OghΓ‘ P’o’oge in Tewa.

Don Juan de OΓ±ate led the first Spanish effort to colonize the region in 1598, establishing Santa Fe de Nuevo MΓ©xico as a province of New Spain. In 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico, and by 1848 the U.S. officially gained New Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Tourism in Santa Fe

Santa Fe is surrounded by exciting places worth exploring, all within easy driving distances. After you’ve spent your days experiencing the attractions of nearby cities and towns, head to Santa Fe. You’ll spend spectacular nights enjoying exceptional food in acclaimed restaurants and luxuriously comfortable beds in world-class accommodations. As your head rests on soft pillows, you’ll dream about your amazing experiences and awaken refreshed and ready for new adventures.

As you travel through New Mexico, visit Albuquerque for the annual balloon fiesta and for great spots to shop, view art and learn about the city’s history. Go to Gallup to shop for Native American jewelry. Tour Roswell’s famous UFO museum and historic district of architectural treasures. Then make Santa Fe your ultimate destination for the perfect end to an ideal day.

Tex-Mex Cuisine

Tex-Mex cuisine is characterized by its heavy use of shredded cheese, beans, meat (particularly chicken, beef, and pork), peppers, and spices, in addition to flour tortillas. Sometimes various Tex-Mex dishes are made without the use of a tortilla.

Anthony’s Grill
1622 St Michaels Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Anthony's Grill
Anthony’s Grill

We prepare our meats every morning so that you get the best in quality. Your choices include Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Shrimp. If meat is not your preference, we have Tofu and other protein options as well.

Our vegetables are sourced locally, washed, and chopped in our stores every day so we can provide you with the freshest, healthy, and most delicious vegetables for your meal.

Customize your taste at our sauce bar. From Spicy chili sauces to our special Mongol Sauce, there are endless possibilities and flavor combinations for you to choose from. Try something new each and every visit!

How to Make This White Chili with Hominy Recipe

When dealing with chicken you will want to take precautions not to spread bacteria while preparing it. Wash your chicken under warm water before preparing the chicken. When cooking your chicken you want the internal temp of the chicken to reach between 165 – 175 degrees F.

What You Need to Make White Chili with Hominy

To make this delicious chili, lay out and prepare all the ingredients before cooking. This recipe is really easy and fairly quick to make.

Equipment Needed

  • 1 sharp knife
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 large saucepan
  • 1 mixing spoon

Ingredients Needed

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, boneless and skinless and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 15 oz white hominy, drained
  • 15 oz cannellini beans, (white kidney beans) rinsed and drained
  • 14 oz chicken broth
  • 8 oz green chilies, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro, divided

Time needed:Β 45 minutes.

How to Cook White Chili with Hominy

  1. Saute the Chicken

    In a large saucepan, saute the chicken and onion in oil until the chicken is no longer pink.

  2. Cook the Chili

    Add the hominy, beans, broth, chilies, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

  3. Garnish and Serve

    Remove from the heat; stir in the sour cream, half-and-half, and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro.

This recipe can be made on the stovetop, in a crockpot, or in a pressure cooker. Like all chili, it gets better with age so make it a day ahead and reheat it over low heat then add in the sour cream, half-and-half cream, and garnish with minced fresh cilantro.

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White Chili with Hominy

White Chili with Hominy

Recipe Author | Captain Cook
To make this chili a day ahead, cool, cover and chill after removing from the heat. The next day, reheat over low heat; add the sour cream, half-and-half and cilantro just before serving.

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 694 kcal



  • In a large saucepan, saute the chicken and onion in oil until chicken is no longer pink.
    1 lbs chicken breast, 1 yellow onion, 1 tbsp canola oil
  • Add the hominy, beans, broth, chilies, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
    15 oz hominy, 15 oz cannellini beans, 14 oz chicken broth, 8 oz green chilies, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Remove from the heat; stir in the sour cream, half-and-half, and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro.
    1 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup half-and-half cream, 2 tbsp dried cilantro


Serving: 1cupCalories: 694kcalCarbohydrates: 83.8gProtein: 46.9gFat: 21.4gSaturated Fat: 8.3gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 503mgPotassium: 2065mgFiber: 30.8gSugar: 19.6gCalcium: 207mgIron: 10mg
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