White Bean and Pork Chili

- Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Claire Spollen
Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Claire Spollen

Our white chili gets spice from green chiles, brightness from lime juice, and luscious texture from the last-minute addition of shredded cheese.

Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes
Yields: Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup)


4 tablespoons olive oil

2 pounds ground pork

1 medium-size white onion, chopped (about 2 cups)

1 poblano chile, seeded, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 (4.5-oz.) cans chopped green chiles, undrained

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 (15.5-oz.) cans white beans (such as cannellini or great Northern), drained and rinsed

3 1/3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

6 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

How to Make It

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add pork, and cook, stirring until crumbled and no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain pork, and set aside. Wipe Dutch oven clean.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in Dutch oven over medium. Add onion, poblano, garlic, green chiles, cumin, and salt, and cook, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

Increase heat to high. Stir in beans, broth, and pork, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 40 minutes. Add cheese and lime juice, and stir until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.


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