Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Checkerboard Chili

Miz Helen from Miz Helen's Country Cottage is having her annual Chili Cook-off.  I've decided to enter this fabulous chili recipe, which comes from a cookbook that some dear friends gave me in 1996, called With Heart and Soul Among Friends.  I've adapted this recipe to suit my tastes, and I hope you give it a try.

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts halves, cut into 1" pieces
1 red pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 T. olive oil
2 T. chili powder
2 t. salt
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. ground coriander
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (15 oz.) cans white kidney (cannelini) beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 can beer (or chicken broth)

Grated cheese to add at the end

Saute' chicken, red pepper, onion, and garlic in oil in a soup pot about 5 minutes or until chicken is just cooked.  Add chili powder, salt, cumin and coriander; cook 3 minutes.  Stir in beans, tomatoes and beer (or chicken broth).  Bring to a boil.  Simmer 45 minutes, uncovered, stirring frequently.  Reduce heat to lowest setting.  Stir in about 1 cup of shredded cheese at the end, or if preferred, garnish with the grated cheese.

Make sure to serve some cornbread  with your chili.  You can find my favorite recipe  here.  

Wouldn't you love a bowl of this Checkerboard Chili?  I'll save some for you!

 Make sure you visit the Chili Cook Off and tell Miz Helen "hi" from me!
I am sharing this with:

The Texas Star Chili Cook Off


  1. Chicken Chili sounds good Kitty and I love the mixed beans! Wouldn't mind taking a big bowl of this for lunch today:@)

  2. Kitty, this chili does sound wonderful. I have tried many of your recipes and they were all so good. I might have time to squeeze in a pot of this chili when Joe's sisters visit us this weekend. xo

  3. Mmmm... I would love to make this sometime soon. I don't chili with chicken very often, but this looks amazing, my friend. Hugs to you!

  4. Great minds on the same track!! We had white chicken chili last night...only it was Marie Callendars from a can. LOL Waaaay to spicy for us. Of course, I bought the BIG pack of 6 cans from Sam's Club. Duh? I'm taking it to a food pantry.
    Next time I'll make your yummy sounding recipe instead. Thanks for sharing it, Kitty.
    Your setting looks so inviting with the pretty candle in the background.

  5. A wonderful chili. One of my favorite meals. It is always comforting and perfect for the fall. ~ Catherine

  6. I vote for you. I think you should win. :)

    I love chili, but it is so hot here it makes it difficult to think winter food just yet.

  7. We love chili to the moon and back but I've never heard of CHICKEN sir, us Texans have to have BEEF....hahhaa...actually, your recipe sounds wonderful and must try it.

  8. Your recipe sounds wonderful for these cool autumn nights, Kitty. I love the idea of using chicken and black beans, as these are so health conscious. I hope you win. xo Karen

  9. Cannellini, huh? I don't think I've ever had chili with cannellini, but heck...why not! Sounds good! With the chicken, I'm sure that pairs up nicely and the flavor is great! I just took ground turkey and ground beef out of the freezer to make chili for the weekend, but I think I'll try this instead. Something different. Of course, I'll be loading ours up with habaneros!!!! We're just self-destructive that way! :-)

    Stay warm!

  10. Oh, Kitty, this looks absolutely delicious!

  11. Love this recipe...a perfect recipe for a healthy, hearty, supper.

  12. It's just starting to feel like chili weather here Kitty! Love the mix of beans in your recipe :)

  13. Hi Kitty,
    Your Checkerboard Chili looks wonderful, I love the combination of flavor and the best of luck to you in the Chili Cook Off! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Hope to see you again real soon,
    Miz Helen

  14. It was such a nice surprise to hear from you, Kitty. Thank you for your visit.

    I am pinning your chili recipe to try when it gets cooler again. We had a week or so of cooler weather and now it is hot again.

    I think you have a great chance of winning the contest. Your recipe sounds great. I love the chicken and various beans. Can't wait to try it myself.

  15. Mmm . . . perfect time of the year for chili. I love black beans in my chili, too. I've never tried beer in my chili, but we have a chili cook-off every fall in our town, and a few years ago the best-tasting one had Jack Daniels in it, so maybe there's something to that! I love the candle in your first picture, and that looks like a bowl of candy corn and peanuts, too. Yummy :)

  16. Kitty, this sounds delicious! I have never had chicken in a red chili, only in a white chili. I bet it is so yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. Kitty, this would be perfect with the weather changing. I love chili, red or white adding chicken is different. Real comfort food. Your fall decor is lovely. I hope you have a fabulous weekend. xo

  18. I would give anything for a bowl of this delicious looking chili right now Kitty! It's cold, gray and drizzly here in Carolina and this would be perfect. I can almost smell the amazing aroma!

  19. Hmmmm, good! Will have to try it.


  20. Hi Kitty,
    Thanks so much for sharing your Checkerboard Chili with The Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2014!
    You helped to make the Cook Off a great success and I really appreciate your entry, we would just love your chili it looks delicious.
    Hope to see you again next year!
    Miz Helen


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