Posts tagged ‘chilis’

April 21, 2011

Food: White Bean Chicken Chili.

When it’s rainy and dark outside on a Spring day in Colorado, what do you make for lunch? White Bean Chicken Chili. WBCC for short. It is light and packed full of flavors. This takes 35 minutes to cook. And in that amount of time your house is full of aromas that usually take all day to create. My slow cooker isn’t liking me these days.

Wait, it just started to snow. Yep, Colorado weather keeps you on your toes.

Now I’m warm and craving more. Oh, what to have for dinner?

White Bean Chicken Chili

*makes 2 quarts


  • 3 boneless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more for chili
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1/2 white/yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus more if desired)
  • freshly ground pepper (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 4oz. can diced fire roasted green chilies
  • 2-3 tablespoons masa (depending on how thick you want your chili)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon medium chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cups water (with 2 bouillon cubes) or 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14.5oz can of petite diced Tomatoes with garlic and olive oil
  • 1 15oz can navy beans
  • Cilantro, sour cream, white cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, hot sauce – any and all can be added on top!

1. To poach chicken breast, cover with water. Add 1 teaspoon chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to water. Bring to a boil and turn down to simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove from water and let rest. Water can be discarded.

2. Meanwhile, heat large pot on medium heat. Toss in onion and green pepper. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for 1 more minute. Add green chilies, masa, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and water/broth. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and lower heat so that it is barely bubbling.

3. Dice chicken into bit sized pieces or smaller. You could shred the chicken as well. Combine into pot. Cook for 5 minutes.

4. Pour in tomatoes and beans. Cook an additional 3-5 minutes. Add more cayenne pepper now, if desired.

5. Serve hot. Adding cilantro, sour cream, cheese to the top is always nice.

December 28, 2010

Food: Sweet Potato and Chipotle Soup.

I love going through old food magazines. I rip out all the recipes that are inspiring and those that I hope to try one day. Well this was one of those afternoons. If you like sweet potatoes – I happen to love them – this is the soup for you. The chipotle chili addition is fantastic. I almost jumped up and down with delight. It brings the love out of the same out sweet potato soup and makes it memorable. Can a soup be memorable?

(Recipe adapted from Everyday Food Magazine)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • coarse salt & ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (2 lbs total) peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 to 1 whole chipotle chili in adobo, chopped
  • 7 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • sour cream, cilantro, salted tortilla chips, optional for serving 

1. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook until beginning to brown around the edges, about 7 mins. Add cumin & garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 1 min. Stir in sweet potatoes, chile, and broth. Bring to a boil’ reduce to a rapid simmer, partially cover and cook until sweet potatoes can be mashed easily with a spoon, 20 to 25 mins.

2. Let soup cool slightly.  Using an immersion blender, puree soup in the pot.  You can use a blender if you work in batches. 

3. Season with salt & pepper. (This is where I added some chopped cilantro). Serve and Enjoy.

*Top with sour cream or serve with tortilla chips.

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