Total TimePrep: 40 min. + soaking Cook: 3-1/2 hours
I've made this recipe several times over the years and it never disappoints (even won a chili cookoff contest at church with this recipe). The first time I prepared the recipe, I followed the instructions. Now I cheat and buy the precooked fajita seasoned sliced chicken breasts and just add all the ingredients together. I have tried it with canned beans from the store for a quicker pre/serve, but prefer the soaking of the dry beans. I increase the cumin to 1 T. (we like the deeper flavor it adds). A great fall/winter soup, love it!
I keep making bigger batches of this recipe (hoping for leftovers) but it never happens! We have made this recipe so many times, it has now made it into my family cookbook! It was suggested to me to try it without the chicken, and we absolutely enjoy it that way! I usually use a tiny bit of chicken stock, but lately found that just the "juice" from the beans keeps it just as tasty. For those who do not know, the whitish, thick goo that you drain and rinse off your beans is soluble fibre and it is very good for you. Leave it in if you can. In this recipe, however, too much liquid will make your end dish kind of soupy, as others had stated. Perfect for those "no-meat" meal days! I love spicy food, but I had to reduce the pepper and the amount of chilies so my kids would enjoy it too. Of course it goes excellent with a sprinkle of cheddar and garlic toast on the side!
I made this chilli as written turned out great. We saved some for the next day (which we add a cut up cooked potato and some potato flakes) and froze several containers for later enjoyment.Will make again.
I forgot to add the chilli's (but didn't miss them at all). Also added some potatoes and corn. I agree with the previous cook, it is more like a soup/stew as it is not super thick. Was a hit at my house.
I forgot to put in the chilli's (but didn't miss them at all), added a few potatoes and some corn. This was a definite hit at my house.
I added a roux to thicken it the way I prefer. The addition of the fat, in the form of butter from the roux, mellowed the flavors nicely.
This is an easy and amazing recepie. My fam and I love it. We have to double the batch every time we make it. I added potatoes and took out the chicken sometimes (were experimenting with being a vegeterian)... Anyway.... it was great.. LOVE IT!!!!!!!
This chili was excellent! My whole family loved it.
Very good chili. My beans turned out a little mushy though.