Wednesday, May 19, 2010

White Bean and Apple Chili

This was a different chili for me. It almost didn't even seem like chili.  The apple really does disappear, I wouldn't know it was apple if I hadn't put it in there myself. Though it added a sweetness that was quite delicious. It was quite thick, which is how I like chili or soup to be. It was also pretty mild, so if you like a kick, add some more spices or hot sauce. I thought it was very good just the way it was. The flavors were wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed this chili. 

White Bean & Apple Chili
Recipe adapted from A Year of Slow Cooking

2 cans of white beans, drained and rinsed (I used great northern)
1 onion, chopped
2 apples, cut in chunks, no need to peel
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. butter or Earth balance
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground thyme
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper (I don't really measure)
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup plain non fat yogurt, dairy free if desired

Put butter into a large crock pot. Dump in the beans, onion and apple. Add the spices and pour in the broth. Stir in the yogurt. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 - 5 hours.

Total calories = 1325 calories
6 servings = 221 calories per serving

Calories calculated from Some numbers are rounded or approximate.


  1. White beans are my favorite bean...never heard of putting apple in chili. I will try this sometime. I'd have to add some chicken...I have to have meat in my chili.

  2. What a unique chili with apple! Sounds like a must try!

  3. This looks like a nice variation on chili! I like that you've used some ingredients you don't usually find in chili.

  4. and beans. sounds interesting. i bet you could get away with not using the butter too!

  5. Sounds like a nice combo,never tried white beans,will giv a try...

  6. Great blog but could you make it so it comes into our email if we chose everytime you post????

  7. What a nice vegetarian chili. It is definitely a first for me with the apples. I can't wait to give this a try.

  8. This is a perfect family meal. Nice!

  9. See... I read this. And I trust you. But I'm still scared to put apples in chili. it seems like sacrilege or something. But if Stephanie did it... and you did it... it's gotta be okay... and my husband keeps buying red delicious apples (which are my least favorite) so maybe I can get rid of them this way. Hmm.....

  10. Wow! The perfect chili for summer lunches.

  11. This sounds great--I am always impressed with what the addition of apples can do to a dish. I've tried them in burgers and curry but not chili.
    ;-) Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays.

  12. This sounds both really good AND really easy! My kind o' recipe! I'd probably have to spice it up a little, but yeah, I want to try this!

  13. This sounds super yummy! I am always looking for new chili recipes. Thanks!