since the first day of autumn is tomorrow, we decided to welcome it the best way we know how. we pulled our beloved crock pot off the shelf after a long summer of neglect and got reacquainted with one another once again by making one of our favorite chili dishes.
nothing (and i honestly mean nothing) beats coming home after a 3 hour church block on a sunday afternoon to the smell of dinner already awaiting you thanks to your sous chef, the crock pot. that thing is like magic to a gal who doesn’t cook often enough and needs a bit of hand holding in the kitchen.
we made our favorite white bean chili with chicken yesterday. several years ago, i was going through a really hard time when were living in washington DC. a sweet girlfriend of mine here in new york had her cousin who also lived in the DC area show up on my doorstep with dinner one night. to this day, i still can’t get over what a kind gesture that was and how much it meant to me then, and even now, to have someone i’d never met and who had no idea what i was going through, show up with dinner. she made us this white bean chili, and i’m not sure if it’s because of the back story attached to this dish, or if it’s just because it is freaking delicious, but it’s hands down, one of my favorite dishes.
the recipe is below if you’d like to try it!
white bean chili with chicken
4 15-oz cans great northern beans, rinsed
2 lbs chicken breasts
2 4 ounce cans green chilies (we use mild diced chilies)
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 cloves minced garlic
1 14 1/2 ounce can reduced sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
cut the chicken into small cubes and brown over the stove
drain the beans, and place all the ingredients into the crock pot, mix well
cook covered on low 10-12 hours or high 5-6 hours
we eat it over rice with a bit of cheese on top. makes 6-8 servings
^^^here’s eleanor measuring and adding all the appropriate spices with a bit of help from papa! she likes to be involved with anything happening in the kitchen. notice how they are both in their pajamas! they put everything in first thing after waking up so that it would be ready for us right when we got home from church.^^^
^^^before we mixed up all the ingredients, those spices were just calling for their picture to be taken. just look at those rich fall colors! ^^^
^^^she’s all done! thank you, crock pot!^^^
you’ll have to let me know if you try it. and if you have a favorite crock pot recipe you wanna share, i’d love that. especially if it’s a chili one!