This is a great recipe for the up coming fall nights. This is one of the "non-spicy hot" chili recipes. It doesn't mean you couldn't "spice" it up a little if you so desire. The avocado as a topping is delicious and refreshing. I hope you enjoy this easy and wonderful recipe!
white onion, finely diced
juice of 2 limes, about 6 tablespoons
fresh cilantro, chopped
15 ounces of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
14 1/2 ounce diced tomatoes
1 1/2 lb
. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat, or 3-1/2 cups shredded store-roasted chicken
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp
amber beer, such as samuel adams
sour cream for garnish if desired
1Toss the avocado, about one-quarter of the onion, 2-1/2 Tbs. of the lime juice, and 2 Tbs. of the cilantro in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
2In a food processor, combine 1 cup of the beans, the tomatoes and their juice, and process until smooth. Set aside.
3Take the pot off the heat and set aside. When the chicken has rested, shred it by hand or chop it coarsely.
4Return the pot to medium-high heat. Add the remaining onion to the pot and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to brown and soften, about 3 minutes. Add the cumin and stir for 20 seconds. Add the beer and cook, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to incorporate any browned bits, until it almost completely reduces, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the remaining white beans and the puréed bean mixture and bring to a boil. Stir in the chicken along with any accumulated juices on the bottom of the plate. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes so the chicken finishes cooking and the flavors mix and meld. Stir in 1-1/4 cup of the cilantro and the remaining lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
5Ladle into large bowls and serve immediately with a generous spoonful of the avocado mixture, a dollop of sour cream (if using), and a sprinkling of the remaining cilantro.
6Puréeing some of the beans along with the canned tomatoes in this recipe gives the dish a thick texture and a rich, slow-cooked feel.