I stumbled onto a white bean chili recipe a few years ago and fell in love. I haven't made it for a while. So imagine my surprise when my meat and potato boy asked me why I hadn't fixed it lately.
So, being a good mom and all, I did.
Now there are two ways you can do this. The quick and easy way, or the longer, drawn-out way. This time, I did the easy way.
Here's what you're going to need:
- 4 - 14 1/2 oz. cans navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 4 - 14 1/2 oz. cans chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon ground white pepper (you can use black, white just makes it invisible)
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (secret ingredient)
- 5 cups chopped cooked chicken (grocery store rotisserie chickens are great for this)
- 2 - 4 oz cans chopped green chilies (remember, they're not hot)
- 1 tsp. salt
Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until soft.
Add chilies, 3 cans of broth, and seasonings. Stir together, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes to let the spices incorporate.
Now, add your beans, chicken, and the last can of broth.
Put the lid back on and simmer for 1 hour.
Serve alone, or top with sour cream, cheese, green onions, or whatever you like.
Sans the sour cream, you've got a lean, healthy meal.
Now for the real low-down. AKA, the long version. I had a whole chicken in the freezer, so I boiled it up. I not only used the meat, but the broth as well, making it very cost effective.
You can also use dried beans. Soak them overnight. Drain. Then put them in a dutch oven with 3 cans of chicken broth, the chopped onion, garlic, pepper, oregano, cumin, and cloves. Bring to a boil; cover; reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours or until beans are tender. Then add the last can of chicken broth, the chicken, green chilies, 1 cup of water, and the salt.
In some ways, I think the long version tastes a little bit better, but time is usually of the essence. Besides, the store I was at didn't have dried navy beans and I wasn't about to make another trip.
That's all right. No one complained. Well, I take that back. The youngest one complained. He doesn't like white bean chili. He had cereal instead. Ah, well. His loss.
So are you a long or short version kind of cook? Or does it depend on the situation?