White Bean Chili

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Servings: 10 to 15 servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 lb dried navy beans
5 cup chicken stock
4 tablespoon (1/2 stick) butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3/4 cup diced onion
1 1/2 whole green chilies (canned), chopped or jalapeno peppers
1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 to 2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
red pepper flakes, to taste
1/2   bunch cilantro, chopped





Wash beans, cover with water, and soak for 2 hours.  Drain.  Place beans in large pot with chicken stock.  Bring to a boil.  In saucepan, heat butter and saute garlic, onion, and chilies for 5 minutes.  Add to bean pot.  Add chicken, cumin, oregano, black pepper, white pepper, red pepper, and cilantro.  Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 1 1/2 hours.  Serve with corn bread.

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My dad is not much of a cook, but I was so impressed with his chili the other week that I bugged him for days to send me the recipe. I've made it once myself and it remains fantastic-- surprisingly easy, pleasantly spicy and very tasty! We both used canned white beans to speed up the process. Maybe one of these days I'll try starting with dry beans to compare. We eat it with tortilla chips and I plan on trying it with rice tonight.

By Linda F on October 30, 2013


I like your recipes. My only drawback is there is no nutritional information. I'm diabetic and have to watch my sugar and carbohydrates. Your recipes do not give that information.

By karen Ford on October 16, 2013


I have been following the recipe for a while now.I have a family of five and they ALL love it!!! Really simple and quick to put together.

By Cheri Powell on September 03, 2013


I love white bean chili but I do not like cooking beans in the slow cooker, to me they never get soft enough for soup. I much prefer cooking them on top of the stove, big difference! Anyway thank you for a great recipe!!

By Alice on January 05, 2013


This is so good! i made it following the recipe and added 3/4 cup of cheddar. My husband loved it! Definately one of our favorites now!

By Angela Leo-Coulter on September 30, 2012


White Bean Soup

By Cassandra on September 24, 2012


I don't mean to sound rude to the people who doesn't like navy beans, but how can you say that with all of the other ingredients in it? I mean really.. you can have a dislike taste for a bean so small...just saying..

By Anonymous on September 14, 2012


My family loved this dish, I cook it frequently.

By laurabrown on February 25, 2012


love this recipe...I've made it Paula's way...I only left out the white pepper since I don't like it ...and it was absolutly wonderful....my jalapeneos were pickled, out of a can ...I did soak the beans overnight though ...my beans always take a long time to cook and I made it in the slow cooker until the beans were soft....about 5 hours ....but it was worth the time ...love it !! love it !!

By murielle on February 25, 2012


I have had this kind of chili before But it's been along time ago.It ws really good too.Thanks for recipe.

By Rebecca on February 17, 2012


do you have a crock pot version?

By jastina on January 29, 2012


MMMM This was really good! I used canned Navy beans to save time. I also added celery and bell pepper! I used fresh jalapeno to make it spicier! I am a southern man that loves his food with a kick!

By Cody Thomas on December 28, 2011


Answer to Paula LeFleur: Yes, cook chicken first, then chop. I have made this on several occasions using canned cannellini beans, and a can of chopped green chilies...saves a lot of time. I also add a little cornstarch to my chicken broth (before it goes in the pot) to thicken...it is a little thin. I use less than half of the cilantro the recipe calls for...it's overwhelming if not. Other than those few changes that suit our family better, the recipe is great. Someone mentioned tarragon...not sure where that came from...it's not in the ingredients!

By Donna on December 13, 2011


Not a good recipe. I mistakenly followed the instructions to the letter, and ended up with tough undercooked beans. 2 hours soaking time for navy beans seemed wrong...and it was. Dry beans are best when cooked overnight. I won't try this recipe again.

By Scorr on December 04, 2011


Tried the white bean chili. Husband loved it. Will be a family favorite. I served with corn chips.

By LoAnne Savage on October 07, 2011


Mannnn this is awesome....I made it tonight..but a little different. My chicken was already made and I used canned navy beans so I sauteed the onions and garlic with the chicken and added the rest....so fast...so good! This recipe is a KEEPER

By Jacquie on September 14, 2011


Tried the white bean chile and it was delicious!!!Thanks!

By Anonymous on July 16, 2011


I always look up new recipes to try and normally they are the best. But I made this and it was incredibly gross. Sorry but I about got sick, I think it would be alright without the cilantro, the smell of the taragon made me sick at my stomach so I think that is why this was so gross to me. But you wont know unless you try.

By Stella on April 26, 2011


I've made your White bean Chili, my husband loves it!! But the beans need to soak more than 2 houes and cook longer than 1 1/2 hours. I've cooked it about 6 hours and my husband says its much better. Sorry, I don't like it because I don't like white beans! I thin next time I'm going to soak the beans overnight!! We love your recipes, thanks!!

By Kim on February 15, 2011


Havent tried this chili yet but it looks delicious. I came online to hopefully get the nutritional information but didnt find it. Was wondering how I could get that?

By Lisa on February 07, 2011

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