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SOS Chili – Soul-Crushing Good

  • Author: Midwest and Grassfed and a little help from my sistas
  • Yield: 8 1x



  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cans cannellini beans
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can green chilies, undrained
  • 1/4 chopped fresh jalapeno (or more to your liking)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • A squeeze of a fresh lime juice


  • Sliced Jalapenos
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chili seasoned bacon crumbles – take pre-cooked chopped bacon and season in a hot pan with a tablespoon of chili powder for a few minutes.


Jen recommended sauteeing the garlic and onion first hand until translucent. I started this process in a small pan because I was debating trying to make it for two people, one who likes onions and one who doesn’t. I still recommend doing this. However, I said screw it, and he didn’t mind the onion since it was so cooked down. It works for me. So here is the order of how I made this recipe on the fly, looking at both recipes.

Jen says:

Chop one white onion (well, you can, but I only used half) and add two minced cloves of garlic (she uses six, and you can…WHOO WEE, gotta love garlic). Add a tablespoon of olive oil in a small saute pan and cook over medium heat, stirring till translucent. Turn off heat, set aside.

Renee says:

Place 4 cups chicken stock in a stockpot, bring the heat to medium. Add chicken breasts, simmer for 15 minutes until cooked. 

Remove chicken breasts, let cool on cutting board.

Add onion and garlic mixture to the stockpot of chicken broth. Add chopped jalapeno, green chilies, cannellini beans, and all of the dried seasonings. Stir until combined and simmer.

SOS Chili

Shred chicken with two forks on the cutting board and then add to the stockpot. Continue to simmer covered for an hour on low heat.

Right before serving, go ahead and prep your toppings.

Serve each bowl with a splash of lime juice and pile up some cheese, sour cream, fresh jalapenos and, if you dare, add a bit more spice of seasoned bacon crumbles. It’s all fair game.

This chili will freeze if you even have any left. We didn’t, but there will be a next time.


These are challenging times, and with every new recipe MW+GF shares, we will do our best to break it down dollar for dollar and offer recipes that can stretch, save and fuel you.

The total cost to make? $22.93 including toppings (minus sides), giving a total of $2.86 per serving. Plus, the added benefit of freezing. You can’t beat this recipe for cost savings, restaurant rivaling goodness.

(Prices based on Aldi online shopping)