Dinner Tonight: Chicken and Chili Soup with Beans and Hominy Recipe

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Dinner Tonight: Chicken and Chili Soup with Beans and Hominy Recipe

This started out as a noble attempt at a white chili, the somewhat healthy cousin to red chili. But somewhere along the line I realized I really hated white chili. Chili to me is red chilies, beef, and not much else. So trying to replace everything I loved about real chili just made me angry. Plus, so many of the recipes added cream to thicken the pot. If this was going to be a healthy alternative, I wanted it to actually be healthy. About halfway through the cooking process I just changed the name to chicken and chili soup with with beans and hominy, and suddenly everything was OK.

This recipe is cobbled together from various sources, based entirely on what sounded delicious to me. I wanted as much of the flavor and heat to come from green chilies, so I used a combination of poblanos, jalapeños, and pickled serranos. The chicken and beans didn't add much beyond texture, but I was surprised how much the hominy added to the soup. The corn flavor was very pronounced.

My favorite part of this dish is actually garnishing it. It looked like a regular bean and chicken soup until I started loading on herbs, more chilies, queso fresco, and freshly squeezed lime juice. The dish became aromatic, light, and spicier. It's delicious, no matter what you end up calling this thing.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 poblanos, stemmed and chopped
  • 3 jalapeños, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 ounces pickled serranos, stemmed and choppped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 can (16 ounces) Great Northern beans, drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) Hominy, drained
  • Pinch of oregano
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • Handful cilantro, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Crumbled queso fresco
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Salt


  1. 1.

    Pour the oil into a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the poblanos, pickled serranos, and 2 of the jalapenos. Cook until the chilies are soft, about another 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about another minute. Season the vegetables with a pinch of salt.

  2. 2.

    Pour in the chicken stock. Add the beans and hominy. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Add the oregano and cook for about 20 minutes. During the last five minutes add the shredded chicken.

  3. 3.

    Scoop the stew into a bowl. Garnish with cilantro, scallions, queso fresco, lime, and the remaining jalapeno. Season with salt to taste.