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Easy and Delicious White Chili

February 19, 2009


My friend and loyal fan, Dawn, asked me a while back for a recipe for White Chili. I promised her I would work on one, and this recipe came out great. It’s simple to prepare-just requiring some chopping, vegetables and grating cheese, and that’s the only work involved. Feel free to use already-shredded cheese if your short on time, and I used a rotisserie chicken to speed up the process. This chili has just the right consistency and spice. Even my 8-year-old was asking for seconds.

White Bean Chili

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings


1 medium onion, diced

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained

2 cloves garlic, minced

11/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed

31/2 cups low-salt, fat-free chicken broth

2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)

1 cup freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese

1 cup freshly grated Colby cheese

Toppings: crushed corn chips, light sour cream, chopped green onions, olives, chopped tomatoes, oyster crackers, bacon


1. Cook onion in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring until tender. Add green chiles and next 4 ingredients; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add beans and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce
heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Add chicken, 1/2 cup of Monterey Jack and 1/2 cup Colby cheese; simmer 10 minutes more. Ladle chili into individual bowls. Top each serving evenly with cheese and desired toppings.


No Responses to “Easy and Delicious White Chili”
dawn says:
February, 19 2009at 03:44 am
thanks! i will try it-maybe saturday since we have a cold late baseball practice! it lookslike it was well worth the wait! thanks again!d
Alli says:
February, 20 2009at 02:13 pm
My husband does not really like cheese - do you think the white chili would still work without the cheese?
Joye says:
February, 20 2009at 04:54 pm
big fan of your recipes that i have seen thus far...i am really trying to cook and bake healthy these days. would love to see some easy chicken dishes that can use a rotisserie chicken...have three small children, so i need all the shortcuts i can get! thanks!
February, 20 2009at 04:55 pm
let me know after you try it! AL
February, 20 2009at 04:55 pm
Sure! I think it will be great still You may want to go up on the beans or slightly down on the chicken broth. The cheese really thickened it!
February, 20 2009at 04:57 pm
Joye, Thanks so much for commenting! I have 3 kids too (as you probably already know if you read the blog) and rotisserie chickens are the best thing to make dinner fast. I will get you a recipe hopefully in next weeks. Any specific request? Mexican? Italian? Asian?? American?

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