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White and Black Bean Ranchero Chicken Chili with Cilantro Crema

I’ve been wanting to make chili for the past few weeks and finally got around to it last night. I love this white chili, it’s low fat and has lots of protein and fiber. It is quick to make and full of great flavor the whole family enjoys. My boys really ate it up! I love all of the garlic and spices in this chili, it’s great for cold chilly nights.

The cilantro crema on top is so good. The sour cream makes the broth nice and creamy and little bits of cilantro make the chili even better. I usually make cornbread with this, but didn’t have time last night. I’ve got an awesome recipe that I’ll post later. Enjoy!

White and Black Bean Ranchero Chicken Chili with Cilantro Crema

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ medium white onion, finely chopped
2 Anaheim chilies, finely chopped (or 4oz can diced green chilies)
5 cloves fresh garlic, minced
3 14oz cans chicken broth
2 15oz cans great northern white beans, drained
1 15 oz can black beans, drained
2 heaping Cups shredded cooked chicken breast
2 heaping Tablespoons ground cumin
2 Teaspoons dried Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix (Hidden Valley)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

½ Cup sour cream
¼ Cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

1. Place olive oil in a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Saute onions and chilies until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in minced garlic for 1 minute. Stir in broth, beans, chicken, cumin, salt and pepper. Simmer on med-low for 20 minutes.

2. Place sour cream and cilantro leaves into a food processor or blender. Process until well combined. Serve chili with a dollop of Cilantro Crema on top. Enjoy!

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  1. 1
    Dancin Queen says:

    Yummy! That looks absolutely delicious.

  2. 2
    Tartelette says:

    That is exactly what I needed today…hopefully I can get around it this weekend. Sounds delicious!

  3. 3
    Jenny says:

    Thanks Dancing Queen! (love your blogger name!)

    Hope you enjoy, if you find time to make it! It is so nice when the weather is chilly! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. 4
    Barbara says:

    Looks delicious! Does it really need the Hidden Valley Ranch?

  5. 5
    Jenny says:

    Hi Barbara,
    You certainly could leave out the Ranch seasoning if you’d like. I might add a few extra pinches of salt and maybe garlic seasoning if you leave it out. Hope you enjoy.

  6. 6
    Emiline says:

    This looks great, even though I don’t really like chili.
    I like white bean chili, though.
    Cornbread sounds really good!

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    I have a red chix chile but this one sounds better. can’t wait to try it next weekend!

  8. 8
    Catherine says:

    Great recipe, Jenny…perfect for the weather! And cilantro crema…terrific! BTW…great photo!

  9. 9
    Jenny says:

    Hi Emiline,
    Chili isn’t my favorite either, but this one and another chicken chili of mine are yummy. I LOVE Cornbread!

    Hope you enjoy! Ours is already gone!

    Great to see you are able to post now! So nice to have you on.
    I like cilantro about as much as avocados, so the crema was a must for me! Have a great weekend. I’ll be making your yummy chicken rolls soon! They look and sound delish!

  10. 10
    Elizabeth aka "Mommy Chef " says:

    That looks so good! And when I saw that kitchen when I opened your page…I gasped.And immediately hated you for having THAT kitchen! LOL! Only to read that it was indeed,your dream as well! Happy New Year- and keep those wonderful recipes coming!

  11. 11
    Jenny says:

    Thanks Elizabeth!
    I love looking at beautiful kitchens, I saw that one on the viking website and had to have it as my virtual “I wish” kitchen! I can totally see myself cooking in that kitchen!

  12. 12
    Proud Italian Cook says:

    I’m lovin the cilantro crema!! Good idea

  13. 13
    The Fun Carter Family says:

    My friend from Michigan gave me your blog. It is wonderful! I can’t wait to try the Chicken Chili, and the Thai Peanut Noodles! I will definately check this often!

  14. 14
    Jenny says:

    Welcome fun carter family!
    My family loves this chili and those thai peanut noodles. Hope you enjoy!

  15. 15
    Price Family says:

    This was good too.

  16. 16
    Angela says:

    Made this for dinner for my mom, aunt and sister and they just loved it. Everyone wanted to take home leftovers! SO delicous especially with the cilantro.

  17. 17
    Chelsie says:

    This was awesome. Thanks for the recipe!

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