White Chili

I have only a short post for you tonight; it’s been a very long weekend and I’m eager to just kick back and relax for an hour or two before going to bed and braving a new week. As I mentioned, when I reorganized my kitchen after I bought a bunch of vintage Mason jars, I found a few things I had several packages of because I couldn’t see things hidden in my cabinets and kept buying more. One of the things I have a ton of was dried navy beans. Always one to go against the grain, though it was allegedly the first weekend of fall (although fall has traditionally been my favorite season, I’m still fighting the passing of summer and am rather depressed about this) and the weather was relatively cool, and soup has been popping up on everyone else’s blogs, I didn’t want to make soup with them. I don’t feel the need to start making more soup this time of year because I never stop making soup. Soup’s my favorite food; I love it. I just didn’t want to make navy bean soup. Nor did I want to make baked or barbecued beans, probably because I did so pretty recently. So I thought about it and eventually came up with White Chili, and it was good enough to write up here, although I didn’t take preparatory pictures.

Torticia involved herself in the photo shoot….and a whole lot of other trouble today.

White Chili

8 oz navy beans
1/2 onion, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, smashed
3 large pickled jalapenos, chopped
1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
vegan “chicken” stock, enough to cover the beans after soaking
1 1/2 cups vegan “chicken” or chicken-style seitan, cubed – although I made some seitan today, it wasn’t ready in time to use in this dish, so I used Gardein Chicken Scallopini

Soak the navy beans, either overnight, or, after boiling for two minutes, for an hour. Put the rest of the ingredients, except the “chicken” in a pressure cooker, bring up to pressure, and cook for 25 minutes, then use the quick release method. Reduce any additional broth by boiling it off. Meanwhile, prepare the “chicken” by grilling or browning in a skillet. Combine the bean mixture with the “chicken” and make sure it is warmed through. Serve with rice and Tabasco sauce for additional seasoning.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, simply cook the beans on the stovetop until tender, which may take two or more hours.

While Torticia was interfering with my photo shoot in the dining room, Gomez was getting some love in the kitchen.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a picture of the flowers I couldn’t resist buying at the farmers market this morning. They look very nice with my dried beans when I use one of the Mason jars as a vase.


  1. Josiane Said,

    September 13, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

    No wonder you couldn’t resist buying those flowers – what a gorgeous bouquet! Lovely way to brighten up a busy weekend.
    Have a good week!

  2. Tiffany Said,

    September 14, 2010 @ 3:45 am

    I love chili, but I’m pretty sure I have never tried white chili. That will have to change. 🙂

    I’m with ya – soup is too good not to make it year-round!

  3. Becky Said,

    September 14, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    That chili looks delicious. I need to try it! Thanks for the vegan recipes and the kitty pix. I finally got a couple of new kitties after losing my cat earlier this year. They are such a joy. Thanks again.

  4. Jes Said,

    September 14, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

    Beautiful flowers! And that white chili looks awesome!

  5. Ksenia Said,

    September 18, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    I can’t believe I haven’t cooked chili (or seitan) in months! I was wondering what could “white chili” be when I saw the title of the post. At this moment I don’t have neither fresh nor canned tomatoes, so it would work for me 🙂

    The end of summer makes me feel a little depressed too 🙁

  6. Mo Said,

    September 27, 2010 @ 2:48 am

    I’ve never heard of white chili, but that looks fantastic!

  7. Basil Said,

    November 7, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    This was so goooood on a cold night. It looked kind of bland, but there was so much excellent flavour. I jazzed it up a bit with yukon gold potatoes and a yellow bell pepper, too. An excellent place to use my huge pile of beans… and it made enough to feed an army, too, which is really useful. You have so many great recipes!

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