“Soup is the song of the hearth and the home.”
~Louis Pullig De Gouy
Yes, I am sharing another soup recipe. For those that are not huge fans of soup, my husband heartily agrees with you. He does not hate soup, but he cannot eat it every-day-for-a-week like I can. However, my step son Lukas and I think that is okay if John does not want soup – it just means more for us. In fact, Lukas is so wild about my soup concoctions that he believes we should start up a soup restaurant. Every weekend I make a huge pot, or crockpot, of soup and it ends up being my lunch for work. Lukas always enjoys a couple of bowls and I freeze any leftovers for a quick meal when we are in a hurry or I do not feel like cooking.
Over the past few years, my palate has definitely yearned for spicy dishes. After an incredible jalapeño crop this summer, I have been trying to find multiple uses for peppers. Therefore, I called on my social media circle asking if anyone had a tried-and-true recipe for White Chicken Chili. As the statement goes, “Ask and you will receive!” I certainly did receive about twenty different recipes. So in typical Amy fashion, I combined many of the recipes into one that I thought would be good. After all, I truly believe that a recipe is just a “suggestion” and I love to hear how others have tweaked my recipes to fit their lifestyle, preference, or simply what they have on hand in their kitchen. I like lots of vegetables in my soup, thus, the celery, green peppers, corn, and onion.
WHITE CHICKEN CHILI
*3 Cups of roasted chicken (if you are using breasts – 1 pound)
*8 Cups of chicken stock/broth (you can reduce this if you want the chili to be thicker)
*2 Cans of white beans
*1 Can of corn
*½ Large onion – chopped
*3 Ribs of celery – chopped
*½ Green bell pepper
*3 fresh chopped jalapeno (I left some of the seeds for heat)
*2 Tablespoons of minced garlic
*1 Can of Rotel tomatoes with lime and cilantro
*2 Cans of green chilis
*2 Tablespoons of ranch seasoning
*1 Tablespoon of cumin (I added more to taste)
*1 Tablespoon of coriander (I added more to taste)
*Salt and pepper to taste
*3 Tablespoons of flour (to thicken)
*1 block of cream cheese
*Fresh Limes – cut in wedges (to serve with)
*Chopped cilantro (to garnish)
*Sour cream to garnish
*Optional – tortilla chips
Put all ingredients in a pot or crockpot (except for the flour, cream cheese, limes, cilantro, and sour cream). Whether I make soup on the stovetop or in the crockpot, I like to saute the onion, celery, garlic, and peppers first.
Crockpot – cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stovetop – simmer for 30 minutes.
Before serving I whisked the flour into some of the hot broth and incorporated into the crockpot to thicken it a little. I also added one block of cream cheese for creaminess. If you do not want to add dairy, you could puree up the beans before adding to the chili.
I served the piping hot bowl with a squeeze of lime and a dollop of sour cream and cilantro on top. Tortilla chips are my weakness, so I allow myself to have at least a few.
This White Chicken Chili was so good that I made it two weeks in a row. We do Sunday dinners big in our house and my stepdaughter Avalon’s boyfriend always has an open invite. I am thinking over the holidays we will have a chili night with both a traditional Red Chili and this White Chicken Chili. I am envisioning tons of fun toppings, cornbread with hot honey, tortilla and corn chips, and maybe even hotdogs or baked potatoes for Chili Loaded Baked Potatoes. It sounds like a plan that I can put into motion. Afterall, one of my biggest joys in life is cooking for my family.
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