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    White Bean Chili

    I discovered this at the student union at the University of Montana. It was cheap, low fat, and really yummy. After I moved to California I discovered it's also really easy to cook. I always make burritos with it, but there's no reason you couldn't eat it plain.

    I'm calling for a 1/4 cup of jalapenos and 1/2 a cup of chopped cilantro, but most people probably wouldn't want it that way. Cut back on the peppers if you don't like hot food. Some people really don't seem to like cilantro. I don't understand this, but use a tablespoon of chopped parsley instead if you don't want the cilantro.

    Serves at least three people. I usually have leftovers. Also - This is just a recipe. It won't make you a good cook. But hey, this is chili. There's no such thing as bad chili. Well.... Maybe that's not true. I'm sure you'll do fine.

    • 1/2 cup diced celery
    • 1 cup diced onion
    • 2 cups diced tomatillos
    • 1/4 cup chopped jalapenos
    • 2 Tbs olive oil
    • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 15 oz can white beans
    • 7 oz can salsa Verde
    • 4 oz can diced green chilies
    • 1 chicken breast, cubed
    • 1/4 cup white wine
    • 1/4 cup chicken stock
    • 1 Tbs lime juice
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne
    • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

    1. Start by getting all of the ingredients laid out and ready to go. If you can't find fresh tomatillos just add another can of the salsa Veda. Yes, I know that salsa Veda is 100% tomatillos, but the fresh ones have a tangier flavor and the canned ones have a sweeter flavor. It's a good mix. Just do it my way and everything will be fine. No need to get all uppity.

    2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and then add the chopped vegitables and jalapenos. Sauté for about 2 or 3 minutes. Add the chicken and cook for another 7 or 8 minutes, or until the chicken is just barely cooked through. Stir frequently.

    3. Add all of the other ingredients except for the white beans. Turn the heat up a bit and let most of the liquid boil off. Keep stirring regularly.

    4. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the white beans. Heat through and serve on tortillas with shredded jack cheese.
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