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Chicken Chili with Piquillo Peppers

Sometimes it’s a little difficult to make a hearty meal for two (me & my boyfriend).  Especially when I’m trying to cook GDESN free.  But luckily we can both agree on a good hearty soup!  I’ve made this twice now and the second time I used a little less than a pound of steak instead of chicken and added 4 cubed sausages to make it more man-approved.  I’ll do another post for that one another day.  

Let me just preface this post by saying that I am also sensitive to kidney beans and pineapple.  So you won’t be seeing too much of those ingredients on here.  But, feel free to substitute the pinto & black beans for 1 15oz can of kidney beans.  

Chicken Chili with Piquillo Peppers

makes 3-5 servings

Organic Ingredients: 

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 large yellow onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts (or for more indulgent option, try chicken thighs) cut into small ¼ inch cubes

1 package of uncured, organic bacon cut into small ¼ inch pieces (optional)

1 tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp chili powder

1 jar (5oz) roasted piquillo or red bell peppers, drained and sliced

½ can (7 oz) pinto beans

½ can (7 oz) black beans 

1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes

1 cup chicken broth

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 Tbsp sherry vinegar

¼ tsp Dave’s Insanity Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce (optional)

½ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp chili pepper flakes

2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

1.  In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.  

2.  Add in garlic and saute until brown

3.  Add in onions and saute until translucent (around 5 minutes)

4.  If you’re including bacon, cut the bacon and brown in a separate pan.  


5.  Drain the grease from the pan and add bacon to the onions and garlic. Mix well.  

6.  Add in the chicken and stir until throughly cooked (5-7 minutes)

7.  Stir in smoked paprika, chili peppers and chili powder and cook for 1 minute.  


8.  Add the peppers, beans, tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, and vinegar

9. Add in ghost pepper sauce and cayenne pepper if desired

10.  Stir well to combine and bring to a boil

11.  Reduce heat to low and simmer gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the flavors come together (30 minutes)


12.  Garnish with cilantro, season with salt and serve! 

adapted from Williams-Sonoma Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year