Red and White Chili

Red and White Chili

I hope everyone is enjoying fall!  My family just took a trip to the mountains, and had a great time.  The leaves were incredible, with colors as far as the eye could see.  It was just beautiful!  For the first few days, the temps were cooler and really put me in the mood for soup.  When we got home, all I could think of was chili, ignoring of course, that it had become unseasonably warm back home.  I turned down the AC and made some chili 😀

You might be wondering what red and white chili is.  It is a strange name, right?  I have combined my white bean chicken chili with tomato sauce and added pinto and black beans and a few extra peppers.  It is a wonderful combination of a red chili and white chicken chili, and is still much lighter than a traditional red chili with beef.  It is one of my family’s favorites, and my kids just can’t get enough of it.  Hopefully, it will cool down soon and we won’t have to pretend it’s soup season 😉  Seriously, this is a wonderful and easy chili that your family will love.  It is also a great make-ahead and freezer friendly meal.  I hope you add it to your list of soups this fall and winter!

I wanted to share a couple of photos from our trip.  We had amazing weather and spent some time in some truly beautiful spots.  I took the first photo and couldn’t believe the reflection was so perfect.  My husband took the last two photos.  He has such an eye for nature photos.


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Red and White Chili


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp oil (I use olive oil)
  • 2 15 oz. cans cannellini beans
  • 3 15 oz. cans black beans
  • 2 15 oz. cans pinto beans
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz. can peeled whole tomatoes
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 cubanelle pepper (or substitute your favorite)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Prep and chop your veggies finely. Puree the tomatoes.
  • Bake the chicken breasts with a little olive oil, garlic and salt.
  • While the chicken is cooking, rinse the beans. Take 1 can of cannellini beans and puree with a little of the chicken stock.
  • Once your chicken is cooked, remove the breasts, and then set aside. Deglaze the pan with a little of the chicken stock and scrape, and set aside.
  • Add olive oil to the pan you will cook your soup in, over medium heat (enameled cookware works well).
  • Once the oil is heated, add the veggies and let cook until soft (about 6 to 8 minutes). Add the beans and spices, and stir well.
  • Add the remaining chicken stock, pan juices/drippings (from the deglazing process), pureed beans, tomatoes, and tomato paste, and stir well.
  • Chop the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and add to the chili.
  • Let boil for about 20 minutes, stirring often. Reduce the heat to low and let cook for 1 1/2 hours or until veggies are soft. Stir as needed. Enjoy!
  • Try other great soups!

    Brown Butter Potato Soup

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    Avgolemo (Greek Egg and Lemon Soup)

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    Creamy Onion Soup

    Onion Soup

    White Bean Chicken Chili

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    I am excited to bring my Red and White Chili to Fiesta Friday #142 (Your amazing co-hosts this week are Elaine @ foodbod and Michelle @ O Blog Off) and to Throwback Thursday #59!

    Red and White Chili



    37 Responses to“Red and White Chili”

    1. 10/20/2016 at 8:30 am #

      Gorgeous photos! And the chili sounds yummmmmm!

        10/20/2016 at 8:32 am #

        Thank you Sadie! You are so sweet!

    2. 10/20/2016 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Antonio-glad you were able to get away and enjoy the changing leaves-Yum to chili!! Yay. xo

        10/20/2016 at 6:01 pm #

        Thanks Cheryl! It was so beautiful and we had amazing weather. I hope you are doing well!

    3. 10/20/2016 at 9:22 am #

      You have so many delicious recipes Antonia…. I simply adore them all…

        10/20/2016 at 6:02 pm #

        You are so kind my friend! Thank you so much!

    4. 10/20/2016 at 9:31 am #

      The colors in the mountains you visited are wonderful!

      Both chili’s sound delicious. Both recipes are going in my recipe folder. I’ve been thinking about making a big pot of soup lately because the mornings are quite chilly.

        10/20/2016 at 6:06 pm #

        Thank you Deborah! We spent a lot of time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is so beautiful up there. I am so glad to hear that, and I hope you enjoy them! Chili is such a wonderful and comforting one pot meal.

        • 10/20/2016 at 9:44 pm #

          It’s so beautiful! I think I need to put this on my Fall Agenda!

          10/20/2016 at 10:40 pm #

          You could take some awesome photos! We spend most of our time through the NC section. It is an amazing road!

        • 10/20/2016 at 10:49 pm #

          North Carolina right? I was born in that state. My Mother left it for California. She hated the bugs, and humidity. I haven’t been there since she took me away. First to her home town in KY then we moved west to California. I was a Marine Brat so we landed in the desert and after my Dad’s tour was over and he didn’t reup per my Mother’s orders; we migrated north following the money settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. Myself, one sister, and my Dad are still here. My Mom and other siblings have left the area, and country. Whenever I see images of Fall and Winter in NC mountains I do wish we ventured there to hike, camp, and enjoy the seasons there. I think they’re more colorful than what we have here.

          10/20/2016 at 11:22 pm #

          Yes, North Carolina 😀 That is really neat. The mountains are very pretty and the climate is different from the rest of the state. In higher elevation cities, like Boone, they get snow every winter and keep moderate temperatures during the summer relative to the rest of the state. You should definitely visit in the fall. The peak of colors is usually the 3rd week of October for around 3,000 feet, and mid-October for above 4,000 feet. The colors are especially vibrant this year. I love California, and San Fransisco is such a gorgeous city.

        • 10/21/2016 at 3:11 am #

          I love being a tourist in San Francisco…that never tires for me. I’ve lived an hour from the city since I was 10 and still love going up for the day or half day 40 yrs later. The City as we locals call it is always alive, and vibrant; never tiring or boring! I’d go up any day of the week in any neighborhood to capture a great image and have fun.

          10/21/2016 at 8:33 am #

          How wonderful to be so close to such a gorgeous and interesting place! I bet the inspiration for beautiful photos is endless.

    5. 10/20/2016 at 3:11 pm #

      Beautiful pictures. I’m trying to think where in the world you live where there’s autumn colors in the mountains and a need for AC at home 🙂 Anyway, the recipe sounds good. I’ve never made chili with chicken and the idea of a “lighter” chili is appealing. It’s chili weather here, so the timing is perfect 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

        10/20/2016 at 6:09 pm #

        Thank you so much Diana! We took the photos off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a beautiful and diverse road through the mountains. We are having an unusual warm spell and I am looking forward to it cooling back down. It is really tasty and very hearty. You are welcome, I hope you enjoy it 😀

    6. 10/20/2016 at 8:33 pm #

      Beautiful pictures Antonia!! And this is definitely going to be a recipe I try… it sounds delicious! 😀

        10/20/2016 at 10:42 pm #

        Thank you Paula! It was so beautiful up there! That is wonderful,I hope you enjoy it 😀

    7. 10/21/2016 at 3:29 pm #

      Amazing photos! gorgeous and great recipe

        10/22/2016 at 9:16 am #

        Thank you so much Lynn! It was so pretty up there.

        • 10/22/2016 at 9:19 am #

          It sure was! lovely Antonia

          10/22/2016 at 9:20 am #

          It is such a wonderful time of year! Just love it!

        • 10/22/2016 at 10:03 am #

          me too

          10/22/2016 at 3:54 pm #


    8. Michelle
      10/21/2016 at 8:06 pm #

      I love the beautiful photos and your chili sounds fantastic!
      Thanks so much for sharing at Fiesta Friday #142!

        10/22/2016 at 9:18 am #

        Thank you Michelle! You are very kind 😀 Have a fantastic weekend!

    9. 10/21/2016 at 11:17 pm #

      Beautiful photos! I just love this time of year with all of the fall colors. Thank you for sharing the photos and the recipe!

        10/22/2016 at 9:17 am #

        Thank you for the kind words Jenny! I do too, it is so beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend 😀

    10. 10/23/2016 at 6:57 pm #

      Beautiful fall photos and the chili sounds perfect!

        10/23/2016 at 8:30 pm #

        Thank you so much Zeba! Have a wonderful week 😀

    11. 11/06/2016 at 11:57 am #

      Oh My! The pictures are wonderful! The red and while chili sounds yummy! I would try it sometime..:-D Thank you…

        11/07/2016 at 10:16 am #

        You are very kind Maniparna, thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

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