White Chili with Bacon Sausage
White chili is a variation of traditional chili that uses white beans and chicken as the main ingredients, instead of beef and red kidney beans. The dish is often made with a creamy, white sauce, which can be thickened with ingredients such as sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream.
In addition to the white beans and chicken, white chili typically includes a variety of vegetables, such as onions, garlic, and bell peppers, which are sautéed in oil before being added to the chili. Other common ingredients in white chili include green chilies, which add a mild heat to the dish, as well as cumin, oregano, and coriander, which give the chili its distinct flavor profile.
White chili is typically served with a variety of toppings, such as shredded cheese, sliced jalapeños, and chopped cilantro. It can be eaten on its own as a hearty and filling meal, or served over rice or with a side of crusty bread. White chili is also a popular party food and can be served in a slow cooker or as a topping for nachos.
WHITE CHILI WITH BACON SAUSAGE
This is a pretty straight forward white chili recipe with just one major exception, BACON SAUSAGE. We use beans, cumin, onions, and garlic just like millions of different white chili recipes out there. Where we differentiate is when we use Bacon Sausage. If you are looking to up your chili game, add some real complexity to your dish, then you need to start using Bacon Sausage from Big Fork. It's a total game changer, an award winner.
Also this white chili recipe doesn't have any cream/milk or dairy of any kind. It's liquid is Chicken Stock so good for those intolerant of dairy.
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 package Big Fork Bacon Sausage, any flavor, chopped
- 2 ancho chilies, whole
- 3 poblanos chilies, roasted, diced
- 3 t. cumin
- 1 t. salt
- 1 t. black pepper
- 2 T. corn flour or fine corn meal
- 1 – 32 oz. chicken stock
- 2 cans (15.5 oz. each) cannellini beans, with liquid
- 1 can (29 oz.) white hominy, with liquid
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 2 limes, quartered
- 2 avocados, diced
- crushed tortilla chips, as necessary
- Using a stock pot over medium heat, warm the garlic, onions, and sausage and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
- Add the chilies, seasoning, and corn flour and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
- Add the stock, beans and hominy and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, let rest a half hour, and then pull the bones out of the soup.
- Serve with fresh chopped cilantro, lime wedge, fresh diced avocados and crushed tortilla chips.
There are several garnishes that can be used to enhance the flavor and presentation of white chili. Here are a few popular options:
Shredded cheese: White chili pairs well with a variety of cheeses, such as Monterey Jack, cheddar, or queso fresco. Sprinkle a handful of cheese on top of the chili just before serving.
Sliced jalapeños: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, sliced jalapeños are a great topping for white chili. The bright green color also adds a pop of color to the dish.
Sour cream: A dollop of sour cream on top of the chili adds a creamy texture and can help cool down the heat from the spices.
Fresh herbs: Chopped fresh herbs such as cilantro, parsley, or green onions can add a burst of freshness to the dish.
Tortilla chips: Crushed or whole tortilla chips can add a crunchy texture to the chili and are a fun and tasty alternative to traditional crackers.
Avocado: Sliced or diced avocado can add a creamy, buttery flavor that pairs well with the spicy and savory flavors of the chili.
These are just a few options, but feel free to get creative and add your own favorite garnishes to your white chili.