Tuxedo Chili

January 25, 2012
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

It’s always nice to have a little twist on a classic, and mine is this creamy chicken chili with the added touch of black beans along with the white – that’s why I call it Tuxedo Chili. Plus, this version is simple to make and packed with flavor. —TheRunawaySpoon

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: TheRunawaySpoon is a food writer from Memphis Tennessee. Just being in the kitchen makes her happy!
WHAT: A complex, creamy white chili (with black beans -- hence, tuxedo!) that's quick enough for a weeknight meal.
HOW: Two cans of blended white beans add instant richness and body to a chili base of spiced ground chicken, corn, beans, and green chiles.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This chili comes together quickly from pantry staples you have on hand, but tastes like anything but -- your family and friends will wonder when you spent all that time in the kitchen! —The Editors

  • Serves 6
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 (15) ounces cans great northern or canellini beans
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (16) ounces can black beans
  • 1 (16) ounces package frozen white shoepeg corn
  • 1 (4.5) ounces can chopped green chiles
In This Recipe
  1. Chop the onion and garlic finely. Add to the oil in a large Dutch oven. Saute over medium high heat until soft and translucent. Do not brown. Remove the onions and garlic to a bowl and set aside. (If the onions brown and overcook, the final color of the chili will be muddy. It will still taste delicious, but won’t look as nice. You can always top it with lots of cheese). Add the ground chicken to the pan and cook until browning slightly, breaking it up into small pieces.
  2. Mix the oregano, cumin, chili powder, pepper and cinnamon in a small bowl, then sprinkle over the chicken. Add the onions and garlic. Pour in three cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until the water has reduced by half and the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, drain and rinse two cans of white beans. Place the beans in a blender with the chicken broth and puree until smooth. Drain and rinse the remaining white beans and the black beans. Pour the pureed beans into the chicken mixture, stir well and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium, add the remaining drained beans, corn, and green chiles and simmer until cooked through and thickened, about 30 minutes.
  4. Serve in big bowls topped with grated cheese, sour cream and chopped cilantro.
  5. This will hold, cooled and covered, overnight and reheated before serving. It will also freeze beautifully.
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