Tuesday, March 16

Jean's White Chili with Tomato Garnish

A couple of years ago, my super organized sister-in-law, Jean, sent me her recipe file full of her favorite recipes. I always trust Jean's pallet and have yet to try one of her recipes that wasn't delicious. So, when we had plans to get together with a few friends over the weekend for soup. I decided to make Jean's White Chili recipe. This is me trying to be more open minded about certain foods-- namely beans and chiles-- two foods I have never really liked. But, I have to say, even though this soup was a little time consuming, it was worth it! It was really good. I especially like the garnish that goes on top. It gives the soup a fresh, light layer of flavor you don't normally associate with chili. I served it with hot rolls.

3 cans white navy beans, drained and rinsed
1 white onion, diced
6 cups chicken broth
4 cups chicken breast, cooked and cubed
7 oz can diced green chiles
4 tsp cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup sour cream
3 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

In a large pot, slightly saute onion until tender. Add beans and broth. Cook until onions and beans are tender. Add chicken, chiles, and seasonings; continue to simmer until the sauce is thickened. (Approx. 30 min. - 1 hour). Take the pot off the heat and add the sour cream and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. Serve with tomato garnish.

tomatoes, chopped
cilantro, chopped
sweet and sour dressing

Sweet and Sour Dressing:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
juice from 1 lemon
1 tsp dried onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp celery seed (optional)

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and vinegar and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. In a dressing container, combine lemon juice and seasonings. Add vinegar mixture and then add oil. shake to combine. Dressing will keep up to a week n the refrigerator. Add only enough to coat the tomatoes and cilantro.


Kristin J. said...

This is a great soup recipe! I have made one similar from my good ol' Betty Crocker cookbook. But I am definitely going to try this version. The garnish sounds like a wonderful addition! Yum!!

jean said...

Glad you liked it!