Recipe for Southwestern White Chili

I can’t wait to make this again soon. I found it in a small little cookbook from the Michigan Bean Commission…if you know my family you know that since my dad is in the bag business, they have solid customers who produce beans, so we have been to the US Dry Bean convention every summer from the dawn of man and get many pieces of literature on beans and the health benefits of them. I like beans. They are a great meat substitute and they fill you up. And they are fairly cheap. Especially if you do the hard work and buy dry beans in the bag. They also make me think of the TV show Salute Your Shorts on Nickelodeon back in the 90’s, but that’s any other thing.

The goods:

1lb chicken breast, cut into 1/2″ cubes

1 med. onion, chopped *sniff sniff*

4 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 tsp of the jarred stuff:))

1 T olive oil

5 cups Great Northern or Cannellini beans, cooked, rinsed, drained (or 3 cans, 15oz. each)

1 can chicken broth (14.5oz)

1 can diced green chilies

1 jar salsa (hmmm where could I find salsa???)

2 tsp ground cumin (I put this stuff in everything)

8 oz. sour cream (if you have an anti-sourcreamite in your house, omit this. Or, if they are lactose intolerant. Maybe find a substitute for it- it’d be a shame to miss out on this part…)

1 cup shredded colby & monterey jack cheese

What to do:

In a large saucepan, saute chicken, onion and garlic in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, broth, chilies, salsa and cumin. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream (if you want) and cheese just before serving.

Serves 8…or 4 if you like humongous bowls and 2nd helpings, like me.

I don’t like to look at this part, but the MBC adds this at the end of their recipes, so look if you dare:

Calories:355 (per their idea of a serving)

Protein: 31 grams

Carbs: 32 grams

Fat: 11 grams

Cholesterol: 55 mgs

Sodium: 1530 mgs, with canned beans, 1100 mgs with cooked dry beans

Fiber: 8 grams

(Feel free to use fat free or low fat ingredients where you can, it helps:))

Once I make it I will add a pic. Don’t doubt though, it’s good.

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