Spicy White Chicken Chili

Spicy is a bit of an understatement for this chili…but it will warm you to the core on a chilly day!  We actually like a lot of heat in our chili so we used the whole Serrano, seeds and all…if you like your chili milder substitute jalapenos and be sure to remove the seeds.  This is really tasty with corn bread or white tortilla chips on the side!

Loaded White Chicken Chili

Loaded White Chicken Chili


2 cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed

1 Tbsp. olive oil or butter

1 large onion, chopped

2 Serrano peppers, seeded and minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound ground chicken thighs

1⁄2 pound ground chicken breast

2 cups organic chicken broth, low sodium

16 ounces green chile salsa

4 ounces chopped green chiles

1 lime, juiced

1 Tbsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ancho chile powder

1 1⁄2 tsp. coriander

1⁄2 tsp. white pepper

1 tsp. Celtic sea salt (or to taste)

sour cream, avocado, tomato and cilantro for serving


Drain and rinse the canned beans. In a medium bowl, mash half of the beans with a potato masher until chunky. Set aside until needed.

Add the oil (or butter) to a large Dutch oven and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, and garlic and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Crumble in the ground chicken. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder and continue to brown until the chicken is no longer pink. Stir in the chicken broth, green chili salsa, green chiles and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Add the beans and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes.  Season with the white pepper and sea salt to taste.

After simmering, taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary.

Serve the chili in individual bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream, cubed avocado, diced tomatoes and chopped fresh cilantro.
Serves 6-8.
Here is the chili still in the pot without all the good stuff on top!

Here is the chili still in the pot without all the good stuff on top!

Spicy Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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  • 4 large poblano chiles
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 Serrano pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 ⁄8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 6 oz. grated sharp Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400° F.

Slit the chiles from stem to tip and carefully remove the seeds, leaving the stems intact.  Set aside while you prepare the filling.

Purée the tomatoes, onion, garlic, Serrano, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a food processor or high-speed blender. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the purée and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture looks thick and pulpy, 8 to 12 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the chicken and quinoa, and then half of the cheese, the cilantro, and the lime juice. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Divide the filling evenly among the peppers.

Place the stuffed peppers into a 9×13 glass baking dish, pour about 1/2″ of water in the bottom of the baking dish and cover tightly with foil.  Bake for 40-50 minutes or until peppers are tender.  Remove the foil and top the peppers with the remaining 3 oz. of cheese…bake until golden and bubbly.

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