This chili is low in fat, high in protein and super high in flavor! The poblano peppers provide just the right amount of heat and the chicken, beer, bean combo has all the trappings of a perfect post run recovery meal. It’s also perfect for tailgating, camping, or any party or get together. I have actually made this for a teacher appreciation day at my kids school for the last two years. The first year I made this, someone offered to buy the leftovers! That’s the ultimate complement! My Dad turned me on to this recipe and I believe it’s based on a Southern Living recipe.
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 poblano peppers (seeded and chopped)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 14 1/2 oz cans of chili spiced tomatoes
- 2 12oz bottles of beer (I prefer an IPA) you can also substitute chicken stock
- 1 can of navy beans
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 packet of McCormick’s White Chicken Chili Mix
- The meat of 1 rotisserie chicken (or one smoked chicken), shredded
In a large heavy pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper and poblano peppers and saute until translucent, stirring often. You want the veggies to sweat just like you did during your run today.
Now add the tomatoes, beer, navy beans, black beans, chili mix, and chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for an hour or more until your ready to eat. If you are going to simmer for more than one hour, cover the pot after 30 minutes.
When you serve this, you can top the chili with your favorite chili toppings or simply leave it plain. My favorite is roasted corn, lime, cilantro mixture. To cook this, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Add two cups of frozen corn to the pan. Cook the corn until it begins to sightly blacken. Sprinkle with a little chili powder, cumin, chopped fresh cilantro, salt and pepper. Squeeze the juice of two limes into the corn mixture, mix and remove from the heat. Some other popular toppings are chopped green onions, sour cream and cheese. Enjoy!
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