Friday, January 27, 2012

Salsa Verde Chili

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I came up with this chili the other night, partly inspired by the tomatillos I had on hand and because I walked by the rotisserie chickens at the store earlier that day on an empty, growling stomach with very little dinner inspiration.  Needless to say, I bought one.  It's kind of impossible not to when you're hungry.  The aroma coming from that corner of the store was irresistible. So home I went, yummy smelling chicken in hand, and I must say, this twist on traditional white bean chili was very delish.

Here's what  you'll need for the chili:

* 1 green bell pepper, chopped
* 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
* 1 can of pinto beans
* 1 can of white beans
* 1 can of chicken broth/stock
* White meat from a rotisserie chicken, shredded
* Cilantro, a handful
* 3-4 tomatillos cut into chunks
* 1 lime juiced, divided
* 1 tsp. garlic salt {or to taste}
* 1 tsp. cumin{or to taste}
* 1 tsp. garlic powder {or to taste}
* 1 tsp. onion powder {or to taste}

Toppings {optional}
* Cheddar cheese
* Chopped red onion
* Cilantro
* Sour cream
* Guacamole {I make mine with avocado, garlic salt, and lime juice.  It's perfect.}
* Tomatoes

1. In a stock pot {your chili is going to cook in this},  saute chopped green pepper in olive oil until char marks appear and your kitchen smells amazing.
2. Add beans, chicken broth/ stock, and chicken to pot. Cook on medium heat until chili begins to bubble.  Reduce heat to simmer.
3. Meanwhile, put tomatillos, cilantro, and 1/2 of the lime juice in a blender.  Blend, then add to chili.
4. Add seasonings.
5. Simmer for about an hour.
6. Add the rest of the lime juice just as the chili has finished cooking.
7. When serving, you may add the toppings listed, or not.  Do what makes you happy.

Note:  If you'd like to spice up this chili, I highly recommend Jalapeno Tabasco sauce.  A teaspoon or two should do the trick, or three or four if you're like my husband.  And, I served this with toasted corn tortillas. Dipping them into the chili was like heaven, I promise.

You're gonna love it!

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1 comment:

stephanie said...

that sounds awesome. going to have to try that! thanks for sharing