Monday, October 17, 2011

Healthy White Chili

I have always heard that White Chili is delicious and some even say they prefer it over regular chili.  I decided it was time to experiment by researching several recipes and making up my own based on my favorite ingredients.  My recipe makes a small batch and could easily be doubled for a bigger family.

White Chili
1 lb. ground lean turkey
1 4oz. can diced green chillies
4 C chicken broth (low sodium)
1 16oz. can beans (pinto, cannellini or your choice)
1 15oz. can corn (optional)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 T ground cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
cayenne, paprika and pepper  - to taste
1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Drain and rinse can of beans.  Measure out about 1/3 cup of beans and mash on a small plate with fork and set aside.  In a stew pot cook chopped onion with olive oil on medium heat until translucent.  Add in turkey and cook until browned.  Then add chillies, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika and pepper.  Stir and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Add in chicken broth and the mashed beans, stir well.  Add in the remaining beans and can of corn and stir. 

You can let this simmer on the stove for 30 minutes or place in a crockpot and cook on low 4-6 hours to let the flavors blend. 

You can substitute chopped chicken instead of ground turkey.  You could also add in 1/2 cup of cheese (pepper jack, monterey, muenster, provolone - your choice).

I like to top my chili with a dollop of fat free plain greek yogurt and chopped scallions.

Enjoy! :)

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