This year our cul-de-sac is having our first ever chili cook-off. We have never done anything like this as a neighborhood before, but I think it will be fun. What a great way to bring the community together and get to know each other better.
I thought I would do something a little bit different than the normal chili we think of and make and hopefully set myself apart from the other friendly neighbors:)! I thought a white bean chili would be great! If we were really vicious neighbors, I probably wouldn’t be posting my recipe before the cook-off. I think it’s at the end of July or in August. Anyway, I thought I would get an early head start on coming up with something, giving myself plenty of time to “practice“.
- 1 lb. of shredded chicken or turkey (you can make this vegetarian if you don’t have meat around or haven’t thawed any)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cans of Great Northern Beans (make sure there is no gluten if you need GF), drained and rinsed
- 1 can of Cannellini Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 T or more of cumin to taste
- 2 T or more of garlic to taste
- 2 T parsley (I used fresh)
- 1 t of cayenne pepper or more
- 1-2 bell pepper, your color of choice
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers
- lime, optional
- shredded cheese (omit for lactose free)
- Optional, sautée onions in 2 T of olive oil in a cast iron skillet until translucent.
- Insert all ingredients except the peppers and cheese into the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours, in the last hour adding diced jalapeno peppers and bell pepper.
- Squeeze the lime juice onto the chili.
- Serve and top with shredded cheese (we used Pepper Jack because it's white and has an appropriate little kick that's quite fitting).
The Verdict: Jonathan and I enjoyed this so much. We loving having variety in our food lifestyle! The kids loved it too, except for the jalapenos! I bought my first jalapeno for this recipe, and I don’t know if I touched the seeds or what, but my hands still feel tingly as I am typing this 13 hours later. I did start feeling some relief about five hours later, but my hands aren’t quite normal yet. I knew not to touch my eyes, but I didn’t know about the hands!?! Do I need to wear gloves next time? I didn’t have any cuts in my hands. Updated 10/13.