Not that far back though. Just to last fall when I moved from Oklahoma to Wisconsin.
I was working from home at the time, which was a harder transition from being in an office than I thought it would be. We were running low on groceries and I also really needed to get out of the house.
I went to Colectivo, a local coffee shop, to get coffee and lunch and work for a while. I spotted White Bean Chili on their menu and immediately knew I wanted to try it.
It was fantastic – hearty, slightly creamy, lots of warm spices, and it was served with some whole-wheat toast. From the first bite, I knew I had to recreate it.
It made the recreation process infinitely easier.
Vegetarian or not, this chili is truly delicious. I did try a version of it with chicken and chicken broth but I thought the original version was better. If you do prefer to add meat, I would recommend sticking with the original recipe and just add in some cooked chicken.
White Bean Chili
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 ½ T. ground cumin
- ¾ t. dried oregano
- ¾ t. ground coriander
- pinch of cayenne (omit if you don’t like spice)
- 3 c. water
- 1 15 oz. can Northern white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 heaping T. flour
- 2 T. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, celery, garlic, and a pinch of salt and let them cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the zucchini and red pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the cumin, oregano, coriander, and cayenne, cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Pour in the water, Northern white beans and garbanzo beans. Bring the chili to a boil and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, mix the flour with 1-2 T. water until smooth in a small container; make sure there are no flour lumps. Pour the mixture into the chili and give it a stir. Let it cook for another 10-15 minutes to thicken up.
Inspired by Colectivo’s White Bean Chili.