Mount Rainier Chili ~

This recipe comes from one of my favorite cook books, Simply Classic – The Junior League of Seattle. Every recipe I’ve tried from this book is a success and is tasty.


1 pound Great Northern white beans, rinsed and picked over
2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
2 cups onions, chopped
4 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 – 4oz. cans chopped mild green chiles
2 tsp. ground cumin
1-1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crumbled
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. cayenne
8 cups chicken stock
1 – 12 oz. beer
3 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded and divided
sour cream
fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

* Place beans in a large, heavy pot. Add enough cold water to cover by at least 3 inches. Cover and soak overnight.

*Place chicken in a large, heavy saucepan. Add cold water to cover and bring to a simmer. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool. Remove skin and cut chicken into cubes.

* Drain beans into large colander. Heat oil in same pot. Add onions and saute over medium-low heat until translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic, green chilies, cumin, oregano, cloves and cayenne. Saute 2 minutes. Add beans and stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are very tender, stirring occasionally, about 3 to 4 hours. Add additional water if necessary. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and bring to a simmer before continuing.) Add chicken, beer and 1 cup of cheese. Stir until cheese melts. Ladle chili into bowls. Serve with remaining cheese, sour cream, salsa and cilantro leaves to sprinkle on top.

Serves twelve to fourteen…

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About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

9 thoughts on “Mount Rainier Chili ~

  1. Ellen,

    I have made quite a bit of the regular chili lately that I am sick of it. Your “white” chili looks appetizing – might try that this weekend. It’s been cold over here – so, chili is always good warding off that cold.

  2. I’ve never made a white chili – it looks good. I may give it a try for my Christmas Eve after service get-together – I always make a seafood chowder and then one other dish for the non-fish eaters. Your chili would be nice I think.

  3. What happens if the beer is left out and the dairy pieces because i am cooking for a guy who is gluten-free & dairy-free?
    A while ago I made up my own recipe and attempted with the white beans and chicken stock. I love the combination of these spices and plan to try it, leaving out the other ingredients my patient refuses to eat. Let ya know!

  4. I was scouring the internet for this recipe this morning. I made this 11 years ago wen I worked at a lodge in Alaska. I had long-since lost the recipe and have looked for it on and off for years! I think this originally came out of the Junior League of Seattle’s cookbook. Thanks for posting! After all of these years, I haven’t had a white bean soup this amazingly yummy.

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