Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime

Jalapeños are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapeños have a balanced combination of flavor and heat. The demand for these have caused breeders to develop a broad range of varieties.

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Yield: 3 Quarts


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 1 medium-size red onion, diced
  • 1 poblano or bell pepper, seeded and diced (if using a bell pepper, considered substituting 3 Bellafina peppers instead)
  • 1 red or green jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (16-oz.) cans navy beans, drained
  • 1 (12-oz.) bottle white ale
  • 4 cups shredded deli-roasted chicken
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Toppings: Lime Cream, fresh cilantro, green onions, lime wedges


Melt butter with oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add white onion and next 7 ingredients, and sauté 8 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic, and cook 30 seconds.

Stir in beans and beer, and cook 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add chicken and broth; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes until thickened. Serve with desired toppings.

(Note: We tested with Blue Moon Belgian White Wheat Ale.)

(Recipe from Southern Living, 2013)