Chicken Chili Verde With Anasazi Beans


Chicken Chili Verde with Anasazi Beans



Serves 8 – 10

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 large chicken breasts or 1 whole 3-4 lb chicken, cooked, meat shredded
  • 4 Poblano peppers
  • 1 Serrano chili
  • 20 small tomatillos or 10 medium tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed
  • 1/2 medium white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted, and finely ground
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, and 2 extra tablespoons for garnish
  • 2 cups Anasazi beans (or any pinto-like bean), soaked and cooked until tender
  • 2 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • Salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Scallions, thinly sliced for garnish
  • Shredded cheese for garnish


Soak 2 cups of Anasazi or Pinto beans in a large bowl for 1-2 hours. While they are soaking, fill a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add the tomatillos and cook for around 5 minutes until soft. Drain and rinse under cold water. Chop. Set aside. After the beans have been soaked, add them to a medium saucepan filled with water and boil for an hour or until tender. Salt the beans at the end. They will cook more in the chili, so don’t worry too much if there is still a little bite to them.

Toast the cumin seeds in a pan. Once toasted, finely grind into a powder in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Set aside. To roast the Poblano peppers and Serrano chili, place the peppers directly on the stovetop grate. Turn the flame on high, and carefully turn the pepper every 30 seconds or so. You will begin to see the skin starting to char, blister, and turn black. Once you have charred all sides of the peppers, place in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the peppers “sweat” or steam. This will help the skin break away from the pepper and make it much easier for you to remove the skin. Once they have cooled, remove the charred skin with your hands, and finely chop. Set aside.

Place a large stock pan or Dutch oven over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, and cumin. Sauté until the onion softens, around 5 minutes. Add the chiles, tomatillos, shredded chicken, cilantro, oregano, a generous pinch of salt and some cracked pepper. Pour in 2 cups of chicken stock. Cover and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Add the beans and cook 30 minutes to an hour more or until beans are tender. Taste. Season with salt and pepper as needed. If the chili is very watery, you can remove the lid and let it cook, this will start to reduce the amount of liquid. Remember that the chili will thicken overnight. So don’t get worried if it seems a little watery or thin in consistency. Make sure you cool the chili down to room temperature before you store it in the refrigerator or freezer.

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