Vegetarian White Chili

This light, white vegetarian 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
Photo: Will Dickey
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 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 ½ 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

  • ¼ 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. 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 with desired toppings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
7g Fat
41g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 16g 57%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 446IU 9%
Sodium 435mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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