White Bean Chili & Bread


I haven’t posted a recipe in a little bit so thought it was time – also I needed to take breaks from quilting today so thought it a good break time to do so.

This morning I got a crock pot full of the ingredients for the white bean chili and I have it cooking.

I am actually rather new to white bean chili.  When we visited our daughter in Wisconsin for Thanksgiving she made it from leftover turkey one day.  I have no idea why I never made it before.  Since then I have made it several times.

This is a Paula Dean recipe.  Everything is in the pot and I’m plugging it in to cook for the day.


White Bean Chili

1 pound dried navy beans
5 cups chicken stock
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
3/4 cup diced onion ( I used one large)
1 1/2 cups chopped green chilies (fresh or canned)
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast – finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 to 2 teaspoons ground black pepper (I found 2 teaspoons way too much for us and used 1)
1/2 teaspoon white pepper (don’t have so I left it out)
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves – chopped

sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese

Rinse and soak beans overnight.  Drain in the morning and rinse.

Put all of the ingredients in the crock pot and simmer all day.  I use high heat for about half of the day or until it is about boiling and then turn it to low and let it go the rest of the day.  You should do it how you know your crockpot cooks.   This could be done over the stove top as well and just stir now and then and simmer until the beans are soft.

To serve put in individual serving bowls and garnish with sour cream and cheese if you desire.  Have some bread too if you like Smile

Plenty for leftovers for lunch a couple of days:


Which brings me to the next recipe!  I love homemade bread and thought to make some corn bread but then decided to adapt a recipe I have for yeast cornbread.  I had some sour dough left in the refrigerator that I wanted to get rid of – here is what I came up with.


Sour Dough Mixed Grain Bread
1 package dry yeast
1 1/4 cups of warm water
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup dry powdered milk
3 tablespoons soft butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 to 3 cups flour

My additions:
2 cups of sour dough
1 egg
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 more cup of flour to knead in

In a large bowl place the yeast and 1/4 cup warm water let sit for about 5 minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients – saving the flour for last reserve 1 cup of the total amount of flour to knead in on the board.

Mix to form a dough, then put on a floured space and knead in flour to make a nice dough that isn’t too sticky.

Put in a greased bowl and let double in size (in a warm area).  Punch down, shape into two loaves and place in greased pans.  Let the loaves raise again in a warm area about 30 to 45 minutes.

Pre-heat oven at 375 and bake loaves for about 35 to 40 minutes.  Makes 2 loaves



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7 comments… add one
  • Astrid Jan 11, 2012

    Karen, you are killing me! LOL! I haven’t had my breakfast yet and I get even more hungry looking at your photos and read the recipes! 🙂 I love beans and I will definitely try your recipe one day. We do the beans in a pressure cooker, which is done in a jiffy. Hubby & I don’t agree on that; he wants it done fast, even if I keep telling him there are some dishes where the taste doesn’t come to its right when done in the pressure cooker, it needs to zimmer over some time. 🙂 Yellow cornmeal, is it the same as polenta? What we get here is polenta…
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  • Karen Jan 11, 2012

    yes I believe polenta and corn meal are the same.

  • Vivian Jan 12, 2012

    That sounds really good. I like navy and great northern beans but don’t think of making them very often. I’ll have to try this recipe.
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  • CJ in AR Jan 12, 2012

    Looks great Karen, I love too love white chili, I like to add some kale to mine. You picked a perfect time to make it, it’s going to be cold for the next day or two!
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  • Flo Jan 12, 2012

    mmmm. …..the bean chilli looks great. I think I will have to try that!
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  • Theresa Jan 13, 2012

    I have the chili cooking, and was going to do the bread, too, but just noticed that it calls for sour dough. Do you have a sour dough starter that you use? It sound so good. Enjoy your website very much.

  • Chris Teague Jan 16, 2012

    Sourdough!!! I had a starter back when I lived in Alaska but it is long gone. How did you get yours and is it possible to make my own? I did try a few years ago but it went ‘bad’ after a few days. I think it is because I did this in the summer here in the south. I have never seen starter for purchase at a grocery.
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