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Poblano White Chili

This quick chili gets its tang from goat cheese, lime juice, and poblanos.



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3 cups cooked white beans or 2 15.5-oz. cans white beans, rinsed and drained
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1 recipe Rajas
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2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
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2 tsp. dried oregano
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1 tsp. ground cumin
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1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
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½ cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
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1 Tbs. lime juice
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¼ cup low-fat milk
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3 oz. fresh goat cheese
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¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds


1. Bring beans, Rajas, broth, oregano, and cumin to a simmer in saucepan over medium heat. Cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in corn, cilantro, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cook 2 minutes more.

2. Warm milk in separate saucepan. Add goat cheese, and stir until smooth. Serve chili garnished with goat cheese sauce, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro.

Nutrition Information: 

12 g
Total Fat: 
6 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
31 g
5 mg
250 mg
6 g
4 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

Adding grilled polenta rounds made this even better!

What is rajas? What is the recipe amount? Can anything be substituted for it? Substitute for poblano?

Hi Wendy, Rajas are roasted chili strips spiced with onion and other seasonings. You can find the recipe for rajas here: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/11455 The serving size is one cup. Enjoy!

You can sub a regular green bell pepper for the poblano, but you will lose the unique flavor profile the poblano delivers. If using a bell pepper add a small amount of minced jalapeno (with no seeds or white parts). This will give you lots of flavor without the heat.

I made this for dinner last night and it was AMAZING! Great recipe!

Well, I see poblano in the name and the comments but not in the recipe or directions. What am I missing??

So delicious! I loved the goat cheese sauce and the toasted pumpkin seeds on top!!

This is so DELICIOUS!

everything works together perfectly! new favorite comfort food.

Very good! Sometimes I just through the Rajas ingredients in with the chili- just as tasty!

I made this & didn't change a thing (which is unusual) & it was fabulous! I also made a loaf of masa bread to go with it. It will definitely become one of my staples. Perhaps not for a weeknight though. The rajas take a while to prepare, especially if you roast 6 of them.

Great, but the pumpkin seeds didn't add anything (other than a choking hazard).

Substitute for goat cheese?

Is there a substitute for the goat cheese? I don't care for goat cheese or Feta. Or better yet, a vegan alternative?

absolutely divine!

The whole family loved this! We didn't have any goat cheese, so we used sour cream, which was a nice substitution. Looking forward to trying the sauce with goat cheese next time.

This is such a tasty dish. But, since I'm not vegetarian, I modified half the batch. I had some Stilton sausage and ground beef I needed to use up. I added it to the recipe along with a bit of garlic. Delish!

Hey, Judy...you might try the Mexican cotija cheese.