White Bean And Kale Chili

  • Yield : About 6 cups
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 1:30 h
  • Ready In : 1:55 h
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

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  • Carbohydrates

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  • Dietary Fiber

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  • Serving Size:

    1 cup (9 oz, 250 g)

White Bean And Kale Chili or soup is based on my recipe for Spicy Vegetarian White Bean Chili. You can make this recipe as mild or as hot as you like by adjusting the amount and type of chili peppers used.

If you are used to eating mild foods, you should consider adding spicy foods to your diet. Research shows spicy (hot) foods:

  • Increases your metabolism
  • Reduces appetite
  • Are antimicrobial
  • Are anti-inflammatory

Being anti-anti-inflamatory may seem counterintuitive when you consider how miserable you can feel eating extremely hot foods. But, you do not have to add a lot of chili peppers to reap some of the health benefits.

Salsa’s and many Asian foods are classified as mild, medium or hot. What’s mild to one person can be uneatable to another. I have experienced this first hand.

As you add spicy foods to your diet, you can increase the heat level to your taste. It is OK if you never venture beyond mildly spicy.

Chili or Soup

The difference between chili and soup can be very small, and is mainly due to the thickness. There are thin chilis and thick soups. For this recipe, adding 1 or 2 cups of broth or water will result in a soupier consistency. The bottom line, is adjusting the amount of liquid to achieve the consistency you desire.

Cook’s Tips

  • Presoaking the beans overnight and changing out the soak water several times reduces the gas producing chemicals in the beans.
  • To reduce prep time, use any canned mushrooms for fresh mushrooms. Rinsing canned mushrooms reduces sodium.
  • Omit cheese for a strict vegetarian chili and save 75 calories per serving.

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  • For a vegetarian chili, omit Andouille sausage.
  • An leafy green can be substituted for kale.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition information includes sausage and yogurt. The sausage and yogurt add about 2 grams of protein each. Subtract 4 grams of protein if you omit the cheese. 

Related Recipes

Spicy White Bean and Chicken Chili

Spicy Vegetarian White Bean Chili


  • 8 oz. (225 g) dry navy or great northern beans
  • 1 (150 g) small onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 3 oz. (85 g) Andouille or other spicy sausage
  • 1 (110 g) small tomato, diced
  • 2 oz. (56 g) roasted Hatch chilies or 4 oz. (113 g) canned green chiles, diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ( 5 ml) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried oregano
  • 4 cups (960 ml) low sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 oz. (85 g) Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, or Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) Fresh ground black pepper or to taste
  • 4 cups (115 g) kale, chopped
  • 6 oz. (170 g) low or zero fat Greek yogurt

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Sort and rinse beans. Place beans in a medium bowl or sauce pan and cover with at least 2 inches of water. Soak beans over night. Change water 1 or 2 tines if desired to reduce gas producing compounds.

Step 2

Heat oil in a 5 to 6 qt/l pan over medium heat and sauté onion until tender, about 3 minutes stirring occasionally. Add sausage and sauté until slightly browned scrapping the pan if necessary

Step 3

Add chilis and garlic. Cooking, stirring, about 1 minute, Stir in cumin and oregano. Cook 1 stirring constantly to prevent burning the garlic. Add a little liquid id necessary. Sit in the broth. Drain the beans and stir them into the broth. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until beans are tender. Season with salt and peppers to taste.

Step 4

Stir in the diced tomato followed by 1 or 2 hands full of kale. As the kale wilts, add another hand full repeating until all the kale has been added to the chili. Remove pan from heat and stir in the cheese until completely melted. Adjust seasoning and serve topped with a dollop of yogurt if desired.

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