I've long been a fan of chili, especially when the weather can be described by the same word, but I've always made the red variety. I grew up with my Dad making a magnificent, manly pot of chili using red kidney beans and ground beef. It was delicious and I always looked forward to it! This fall, I branched out and tried an adventurous, but delicious, pumpkin chili. It may sound a little strange, but family actually loved it! I've seen recipes for a white chili, and always wanted to try that, so yesterday I finally made my first pot of white chicken chili in the crockpot. It was yummy!
White Chicken Chili
3 15-oz. cans Great Northern beans
1 cup cooked and shredded chicken
3 1/2 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade)
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped yellow, red, and/or green bell peppers
2 jalapeno chili peppers, stemmed, seeded and chopped (optional)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 ts. dried oregan
grated cheddar cheese
Combine beans, chicken, chicken stock, onions, bell peppers, and spices in slow cooker. Cover. Cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours. Ladle into bowls and top individual servings with sour cream, grated cheddar, and chips, as desired.
Even though it was very good, and a nice change of pace, I still think I prefer a good pot of chili made with red kidney beans and ground beef, like I grew up eating. How about you? Which do you like better -- red chili or white??