White Bean Chicken Chili

I’ve never made white bean chili, but I’ve tasted a few variations. The weather is cold and windy, and it seemed like a good time for a new recipe. This one comes together pretty fast. It is based on several recipes I found and the ingredients I had on hand. We all thought it was pretty good and will make it again.

White Bean Chicken Chili


  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    white bean chili

    White Bean Chicken Chili

  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 – 32 oz. box chicken stock (4 cups)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3-4 cups cooked chicken, diced (preferably the white meat)
  • 5 cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheese – Monterey Jack, white Cheddar, Pepper Jack. May also use sour cream instead.
Put it Together:
  1. Heat olive oil in large pot. Add onions and garlic. Saut̩ until slightly cooked Р3-5 minutes.
  2. Add oregano, cumin, cayenne pepper and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add broth, water, and chicken. Cook a few minutes until slow boil.
  4. Remove 1-2 cups liquid and pure two cans of drained, rinsed beans with an immersion blender or food processor. Add to soup.
  5. Add remaining 3 cans rinsed, drained beans and cook mixture 30 minutes or so to blend flavors.
  6. Stir in cilantro.
  7. Serve and top with cheese or sour cream.

Salmon Black Bean Dip

I’ve made this salmon dip periodically for a few years. The original recipe came from one of Jane Brody’s books. Some minor adjustments were made and here’s what we generally use.

Salmon Black Bean Dip


  • 2 – 6 oz. packages of salmon (I use Chicken of the Sea wild caught salmon)

    black bean salmon dip

    Salmon Black Bean Dip

  • 2 Tbsp. minced celery (I used 1 stalk and it probably gave closer to 3 Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp. minced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 – 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro or parsley


  1. Put salmon in large bowl and use a fork to flake.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Put in refrigerator for 1-2 hours to meld flavors.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips (a mix of blue and regular is eye appealing), pita chips, or crackers.

This is a nice dip to bring to a party as an hors d’oeuvre. We will also eat it as a light supper.