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White Surprise Chili

White Surprise Chili

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  • Makes: 6 to 8 servings
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Cook 2 hrs
  • Stand 1 hr

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This main dish, which looks like navy bean soup, is actually a mild chicken chili.


  • 1 pound dry Great Northern beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 4 - ounce can diced green chili peppers
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack or pepper Jack cheese
  • Assorted toppers, such as sliced fresh red or green chile peppers, sliced green onions or chopped fresh cilantro and/or shredded Monterey Jack or pepper Jack cheese (optional)


  1. Rinse beans. Place in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven and add the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans in water in Dutch oven. Cover and let soak in a cool place for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.) Drain and rinse beans; set aside.
  2. In same Dutch oven, stir together the drained beans, chicken broth, onion, garlic, canned chili peppers, oregano, cumin, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Stir in the chicken. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes more. Just before serving, stir in the 1/2 cup cheese until just melted. If you like, serve with fresh chile peppers and/or additional cheese.

Nutrition Facts

(White Surprise Chili)

Servings Per Recipe 6, calcium (mg) 283, cal. (kcal) 514, iron (mg) 5, vit. A (IU) 243, pro. (g) 48, vit. C (mg) 17, carb. (g) 53, Fat, total (g) 12, chol. (mg) 94, sat. fat (g) 4, fiber (g) 17, sodium (mg) 1214

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