Skillet White Chicken Chili Dip

By Amanda Paa – Last updated: September 19, 2021
4.54 from 66 votes
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It’s winter, and my instagram feed is filled with people enjoying their holiday traditions – cookie baking, tree lighting, sledding, game day parties…. I can’t help but love this time of year, even if a little hustle and bustle comes with it. Between Brian and I, we have four families to celebrate with, meaning lots of good food, fun and love.

On Christmas Eve we head to Brian’s mom’s, all 25+ of us (and growing!) for a day filled with hot toddies served in her original set of Tom & Jerry mugs from the 1970’s and the annual Shuv-unda game (more on that soon). We forgo a big meal with lots of prep and instead everyone brings their favorite appetizers, a tradition I’m totally a fan of.

Skillet White Chicken Chili Dip -- easy to make, all cheesy and bubbly in a cast iron skillet. use rotisserie chicken.

This year, I’m bringing this Skillet White Chicken Chili Dip served piping hot in a skillet.

You can watch me make it, start to finish, HERE.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll take white chili over red any day. The combination of soft white beans, lots of garlic and zesty salsa verde is just so perfect. Sometimes with chicken, sometimes without. Either way, it’s just how I like to warm up on a winter day.

This cheesy dip version came about as I was looking to use up some leftover rotisserie chicken (side note: Whole Foods now roasts organic ones daily). And it was Sunday – chips and dip are required for watching football around here.

Skillet White Chicken Chili Dip -- all cheesy and bubbly in a cast iron skillet. use shredded rotisserie chicken for quick prep.

I ended up having a can of white beans and half a red pepper handy, along with a jar of my homemade salsa verde. There was only about a cup left of a mozzarella/cheddar cheese bag, so to give it a little more volume I pureed 3/4 of the white beans with a some sour cream and garlic.

I fell in love with its smooth base and surprise bites of chicken throughout. And coincidentally, the pops of color from the peppers and cilantro is quite holiday-esque. The salsa verde gives it some tang and the way the cheese bubbles and browns……. dang, so good.

And nobody will even know it’s a little lighter thanks to the bean puree.)

Skillet White Chicken Chili Dip ~ hot and cheesy, in a cast iron skillet. {gluten-free}
White Chicken Chili Dip | heartbeet kitchen

*updated with video (collaboration with Annie D. Souza) and photos 12/27/2016

Skillet White Chicken Chili Dip

A bubbly, cheesy skillet dip that tastes like white chicken chili. You'll blend white beans into the mix to make it healthier, and you can use rotisserie chicken to make things easy!
4.54 from 66 votes
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :20 minutes
Total Time :30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can white beans, drained
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • juice of a half lime
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 cups mozzarella/cheddar cheese combination divided
  • 1/3 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon salsa verde I like the jar from Trader Joe's as it's just spicy enough. If you buy a different kind, taste and see if you'd like some spice. If so, add a bit of tabasco!


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush olive oil onto bottom and halfway up sides of a 10 inch cast iron skillet. (You could also bake in any vessel you normally use for baking dips, relatively the same size.)
  • Reserve 1/4 cup of the drained beans, set aside. Add the rest of the beans, sour cream, garlic, lime juice, cumin, and salt to a food processor. Puree until smooth. Taste and add a little salt if needed. Stir in chicken, corn, cilantro and 1 cup of cheese.
  • Spread onto bottom of skillet, then evenly sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup white beans, red peppers and salsa verde on top of the mixture. Cover with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, until dip is bubbling. Then broil for a few minutes to brown the top. Serve immediately. Can be rewarmed as needed.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m in a Mexican dipping mood and hate to ask but I don’t do dairy- any chance I could try nutritional yeast and a non-dairy yogurt to achieve the creaminess here? Or any melty vegan cheeses you like for substitutions? I’d love to make this to enjoy with some homemade tortilla chips, and a big chunk of rustic Mexican cornbread too!!

  2. 5 stars
    Wasnt sure if we would like it. Made it for fourth of July 2022..was such a hit…I clearly didn’t make enough it went so fast…A million thanks…

  3. Good afternoon sounds like a good recipe. When you say white bean are you referring to a navy or great northern bean? What did you use as a white bean?

  4. I just made this!!! It totally hit the spot, and we all loved it! By the time I got home to cook, it was too dark for me to take a photo, but I’ll be making it again for sure so maybe next time. :) I forgot to buy sour cream, so I subbed 2 tablespoon mayo + 3 tablespoon plain yogurt and it worked beautifully. SO much flavor and love the pureed white beans and cheese combo!

  5. I’m making it as I type for my family for new Year’s Eve. I had to substitute the white beans because of being allergic to them. I had black lentils from sprouts in a can that I used. It tasted so yummy in the blender. I also used green enchilada sauce instead of the verde didn’t have any on hand. Were so excited to try it!! It smells delish!!

  6. Being a food blogger I have made it my goal to visit more pages of fellow foodies. I should not have visited this one right before lunch! lol I literally want to just dive into that dip with crackers, bread, whatever! AMAZING!

  7. Just printed the recipe, going to make it for a Sunday afternoon snack around my house when no one is really hungry just need comfort snacks! Looks delish!

  8. Its in the oven right now and my house smells delicious! Im making thiss for my family for a lite summer dinner (lite: as in not lots of food,, not low calorie! ;-) ) my kiddos and hubby cant wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Hi Amanda, I cannot wait to try this. My family loves my white chicken chili so
    this is right up our alley. I’m gonna have to double this recipe since there are
    about 25 of us and I’ll have to put a dish of chopped jalepenos next to it for those
    of us who like it really hot. We do appetizer night on Christmas Eve. It’s so much easier and not as filling as a big meal.
    We did the shovunda exchange a couple years ago but last year we were so
    spread out that it didn’t happen. I’m gonna make sure we do it this year since we had sooooo much fun before. Thanks for the recipe. It’s nice to see other families
    enjoying the holidays as much as our family. Families are what it’s all about.

    • Hi Jen! Thanks so much for stopping by. Adding the 1/4 cup of reserved beans is listed in the directions where you sprinkle on the diced red peppers. Let me know what you think after you make it and happy holidays!

  10. I can certainly see why the last bite was fought for! This looks delicious and like perfect party food. I’ve also played the Shuvunda game at a Christmas party – it was really funny but I attempted to discreetly “forget” my gift (someone’s old nighty.. hah). I have a big family and my sisters and I do a secret santa each year – not really a fun game, but definitely a family tradition that we all enjoy :)

    • Christine, so awesome to hear your family plays the Shuvunda game too! I also have “accidentally” left one of the gifts behind. I’ve also gotten a $50 surprise bill which was awesome! Thanks for stopping by :)

  11. The holidays at your house sound like so much fun. An appetizers-only holiday meal sounds just up my alley – I prefer snacking and small bites over a big meal any day. Maybe I should try to convince my family to try that this year. So much less stress too! Last year, now that the cousins are all grown up and we don’t have any kids around yet, we implemented our first (hopefully annual) $10 white elephant exchange, which ended up with some people bringing serious gifts and others bringing As-seen-on-tv gifts (cough-mybrother-cough). I REALLY like the Shuvunda game idea! I have lots of blog swag I could bring (a bag full of branded shopping bags and aprons, perhaps?). Also, I wish I had been there to eat this – I’d also fight for the last bite. I should make a skillet of this to munch on during my hibernation week of dissertation writing (aka right now).

    PS. Sorry for the novel. I just love everything about this.

  12. OOH! I do love chili during these cold winter months, the fact that its a dip makes it the perfect snack to bring to these upcoming holiday parties.