Surprise chili


  • 1 pound great northern beans.

  • 6 cups water.

  • 1 large yellow onion chopped.

  • 2 cloves garlic minced.

  • 2 4-oz cans diced green chili pepper.

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano.

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin.

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper.

  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken.

  • 2 fresh chili peppers – chopped.

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.

  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese.


  • Wash beans. Place in an oven and add water.

  • Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 2 minutes.

  • Remove from heat.

  • Cover and let beans soak for several hours, (or cover and soak beans overnight).

  • Drain off water. In the same oven, combine beans, onion, garlic, green chilies, cumin, red pepper, chili peppers, salt and pepper, and oregano.

  • Bring to a boil,and reduce heat.

  • Cover and simmer for half an hour.

  • To serve stir in the cheese till just melted just before serving, with sliced chilies.


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