2/2/2023 | By EatingWell Test Kitchen Karen Rankin

This light, vegetarian white chili packs plenty of punch from poblanos and green chiles and is packed with fiber-rich beans and veggies. Top it with a bit of shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, sliced radishes, cilantro and diced avocado with a few wedges of lime on the side for a delicious whole meal in a bowl.

Vegetarian White Chili

Serves 6

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 small poblano peppers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans no-salt added great northern beans, rinsed
  • 4 cups unsalted vegetable broth
  • 1 (7-ounce) can diced mild green chiles, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Chopped avocado, cilantro leaves, sliced radishes, sour cream and shredded cheese, for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, poblanos and garlic; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in beans, broth, green chiles and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Serve your vegetarian white chili with desired toppings.
Vegetarian white chili in bowl

Recipe nutrition per serving: 259 Calories, Total Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Carbohydrates: 41 g, Fiber: 16 g, Total Sugars: 4 g, Protein: 9 g, Sodium: 435 mg, Vitamin A: 446 IU.

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