Easy White Chickenless Chili #Vegetarian — Or Not

I started out cooking by using the recipes on the backs of cans, bags, and boxes. We had one cookbook, and I used that, too, but I also found that the folks who made the ingredients often had some excellent dishes to recommend.

That habit has never completely died. I recently came across a can of Bush’s Best White Chili Beans in mild chili sauce with a recipe for White Chicken Chili on the back. [NOTE: I’ve never yet been given a food product in exchange for mentioning it on my blog, but I live in hope.] Since Charlie doesn’t like canned tomatoes and since we hardly ever eat chicken, I modified it.

Here’s how.

White Chickenless Chili

  • 1 Tablespoon or less of olive oil
  • handful of Meatless Griller Strips or other faux chicken
  • 1 can Bush’s White Chili Beans, undrained
  • 1 cup vegetarian vegetable boullion
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • maybe 1/2 can hominy or corn (Charlie prefers hominy in soup; I prefer corn — we take turns)
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons salsa (mild, for us)

In a saucepan, heat the oil and brown the chickenless strips (or, if you’re Dan Antion, the chicken) a little. Add the beans and mash them some with a fork. Add everything else, stir well, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Top with crispy tortilla strips, shredded cheese, cilantro, or whatever you like. Here’s ours.whitechiliNext time I make it, I’m going to crumble a little chipotle chili powder into mine. It was just a tad bit too mild for me, though plenty tasty.


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One thought on “Easy White Chickenless Chili #Vegetarian — Or Not

  1. Jane

    November 25, 2015 at 8:32am

    Love white chili. You top it off with lots of white cheese AND sour cream!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I’m getting stuff and pans lined up for service. The next 24-30 hours will be busy. Cooking a slab of salmon this year instead of turkey. A big sweet potato and asparagus on the side, with fresh bread-maker bread ANNDDD: Dressing!
    And a nice red.

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      Marian Allen

      November 25, 2015 at 8:35am

      Sounds divine! It all sounds divine! You cooking that salmon on a wooden slab? You can buy those puppies at Kroger, you know. Chianti! I haven’t had Chianti for, like, EV-ver! I’ll have to remedy that, Real Soon Now. 😀

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  2. Dan

    November 25, 2015 at 8:52am

    Assuming that the chicken-like strips could actually be chicken, this might be pretty good. I’m not a big fan of beans, but I like Bush’s White Beans. In fact, my wife made a white bean hummus with them (because I really don’t like chic peas). Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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      Marian Allen

      November 25, 2015 at 9:45am

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and The Editor!

      I love chickpeas, but white bean hummus sounds yum. I’ll have to try that sometime!

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