Searching for a new, mouthwatering chili recipe? Try these white chili versions for an exciting twist on this traditional tomato-based comfort dish.
January 31, 2013
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Wonders of White Chili
Chili is a favorite dish during the colder parts of the year. White chili, often made with white beans, chicken, or ground turkey, offers a lighter alternative for those looking to enjoy this classic meal with fewer calories and less fat.
Our first recipe is traditional White Chili, which uses hot pepper sauce made from jalapeños to add a kick of intense flavor, proving to be just the right about of spice.
Blended corn tortillas add a delicious masa flavor and give the chili extra body. Buttery, starchy, and tender, cannellini beans succeed as a creamy mash, chili base, or filling. Jalapenos are so much more than a garnish. Char in the pan, pickle, or chop for relishes and marinades.
White chili with both pork and chicken? Yes, please! Ground pork is seasoned with warm spices while tender chicken breast packs a lean but mighty punch. But even with the double dose of meaty goodness, plant power remains strong here. Two beans (chickpeas and cannellini) thicken and enrich the base while char-roasted peppers and corn fill this pot to the brim. Plenty of garlic, fresh lime juice, and smoky chipotle peppers make this chili sing. Rich half-and-half adds creamy goodness while tangy, fresh tomatillos and silky avocado top with tasteful elegance. Chili doesn't get much heartier than this!
Packed with kale, beans and an assortment of veggies, this dish is sure to make it into your regular rotation. This completely satisfying chili also cooks in a fraction of the time it takes to make traditional meat chili.
For a twist on standard chili, try this recipe that uses Anaheim chiles. Reviewer Monkey offers this tip for prepping: “Roast Anaheims whole over a gas stove flame until completely charred. They're much easier to peel.” Create a spicy chili or something family friendly by determining your peppers' heat factor before adding them to the dish. Most Anaheim peppers are fairly mild, but if you want to figure out your chile's heat before sinking them into your dish, take a nibble. We found that Anaheim chiles can run the gamut from mild to fairly hot, so it's better to know before you're surprised at the dinner table.