White Bean & Escarole Chili with Sharp Cheddar

White Bean & Escarole Chili

with Sharp Cheddar

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    2 Servings
  • icon-nutrition Created with Sketch. Est. 575 Cals/serving

Teff, which has roots in the Ethiopian word for “lost,” is a very fine whole grain named for its small size. Though it can be easily lost in a dish, this ancient grain dating back to 4000 BC is very high in calcium and provides all of the essential amino acids. To match teff’s Ethiopian heritage, we added coriander, a spice related to cilantro.

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White Bean & Escarole Chili with Sharp Cheddar
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  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 oz Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 head Escarole
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
  • 1 Red Onion
  • ¼ cup Teff
  • ½ tsp Ground Coriander
  • ½ tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 15-Ounce Can Cannellini Beans
  • 1 14.5-Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Roughly chop cilantro. Roughly chop the escarole into bite-sized pieces. Peel and small dice the onion. Remove the ribs and seeds from the poblano pepper, then small dice it. Thinly slice half the jalapeño into rings, removing the seeds. Remove the seeds from the rest of the jalapeño and small dice. (Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the jalapeño.) Grate the cheddar cheese.
Cook the vegetables:
2 Cook the vegetables:
In a medium pot, heat a little olive oil on medium until hot. Add the onion, garlic, poblano pepper, and diced jalapeño; cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until the onion and peppers are softened, stirring occasionally; season with salt and pepper.
Toast the teff & spices:
3 Toast the teff & spices:
Stir in the teff for 1 to 2 minutes to toast it. Add the coriander and cumin and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant, to toast the spices.
Add the beans, tomatoes & broth:
4 Add the beans, tomatoes & broth:
Drain and rinse the cannellini beans, then add them to the pot along with the canned tomatoes and vegetable broth. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally until everything is well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the escarole:
5 Add the escarole:
Stir in the chopped escarole and half the cilantro. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 5 to 6 minutes longer, or until the mixture starts to thicken, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and add the juice of half the lime. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the chili between 2 bowls. Garnish with the cheddar cheese, remaining lime wedges, and remaining cilantro. If you like spicy food, garnish with the jalapeños rings, too. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Roughly chop cilantro. Roughly chop the escarole into bite-sized pieces. Peel and small dice the onion. Remove the ribs and seeds from the poblano pepper, then small dice it. Thinly slice half the jalapeño into rings, removing the seeds. Remove the seeds from the rest of the jalapeño and small dice. (Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the jalapeño.) Grate the cheddar cheese.
2 Cook the vegetables:
In a medium pot, heat a little olive oil on medium until hot. Add the onion, garlic, poblano pepper, and diced jalapeño; cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until the onion and peppers are softened, stirring occasionally; season with salt and pepper.
Cook the vegetables:
Toast the teff & spices:
3 Toast the teff & spices:
Stir in the teff for 1 to 2 minutes to toast it. Add the coriander and cumin and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant, to toast the spices.
4 Add the beans, tomatoes & broth:
Drain and rinse the cannellini beans, then add them to the pot along with the canned tomatoes and vegetable broth. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally until everything is well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the beans, tomatoes & broth:
Add the escarole:
5 Add the escarole:
Stir in the chopped escarole and half the cilantro. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 5 to 6 minutes longer, or until the mixture starts to thicken, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and add the juice of half the lime. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the chili between 2 bowls. Garnish with the cheddar cheese, remaining lime wedges, and remaining cilantro. If you like spicy food, garnish with the jalapeños rings, too. Enjoy!
Plate your dish: