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White Chili



  1. 2 cups dried black beans or 2 cans black beans

  2. 1 can cannellini or great northern beans (any white bean)

  3. 1 tsp pepper

  4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  5. 2 medium Anaheim chilies, seeded, chopped

  6. 2/3 cup chopped red onion (1 medium)

  7. 2/3 cup chopped celery (3 – 4 large stalks)

  8. 2/3 cup chopped red bell pepper (1 large)

  9. 1 large leek (white part only, not the green leafy part)

  10. 3 garlic cloves, minced

  11. 2 TBS of fresh oregano or 2 tsp dried oregano

  12. 1/4 cup corn flour (or corn meal finely ground up in a processor, remeasured after)

  13. 1 tsp cayenne

  14. 2 1/2 TBS ground cumin

  15. 2 TBS ground coriander

  16. 1 tsp salt

  17. 1/8 cup sugar

  18. 4 1/2 cup chicken stock

  19. 2 1/4 cup frozen corn, thawed: 1 1/4 cups to be pureed with 1/2 cup of the stock

  20. 4 cups diced grilled turkey or chicken GRILLED (equivalent 2 large breasts )

  21. toppings – grated cheddar cheese, red onion, sour cream, fresh cilantro

  22. fresh lime wedges, squeeze a few drops to brighten chili


Prep the ingredients ready to go, then start the cooking process.  That makes it less frustrating with the many ingredients.

  1. Using canned beans, drain and rinse them well before adding to the brew.  Using dried beans, soak black beans in water in a large pot overnight. The next day drain them and rinse. Add 10 cups of water and the beans with a few grinds of pepper to the large pot. Bring them to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. When finished drain and rinse them again.

  2. Seed and chop the chilies, chop the onion, celery, red pepper and leek.

  3. Mince the garlic  and get the rest of the ingredients ready to cook.

  4. Puree in a blender 1 1/4 cup of the corn with 1/2 cup of the stock.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Melt butter in pot over medium heat; add chilies, onion, celery, bell peppers, leek, garlic and oregano. Cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low.

  2. Add the flour and spices, cook 5 minutes.

  3. Add the sugar and 4 cups stock and bring to simmer.

  4. Add corn puree.

  5. Add black beans, turkey and remaining cup of corn. Simmer all for 25 minutes.

  6. Taste it and add salt if needed.

  7. Serve in bowls and garnish with grated cheddar cheese, red onion, sour cream, fresh cilantro and a little fresh lime juice.

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