Chili Verde with White Beans & Chickpeas

If you’re like me, you’re currently getting back into the swing of things. Back to work, back to a routine. As much as I wish the holidays could go on forever, I do get excited about tackling a new year! As cliche as it is, January is usually the month when people start thinking a little bit more about exercising and eating healthy, and I love that! Nothing makes me happier than seeing people eat their vegetables 😉

So while our pantry was a bit empty yesterday, I did whip up a new chili that is super healthy, spicy, and delicious! It’s also very easy to make and has endless options for toppings. So get cooking!

vegetarian chili verde

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Chickpea Chili Verde
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A twist on a traditional white chicken chili, this dish packs in lots of protein and fiber without meat!
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth if you like)
  • 1 can white kidney beans (cannellini beans)
  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 cup salsa verde (I used a brand called Herdez)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1 avocado
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • Tortilla chips (optional, for garnish)
  1. Add the broth, kidney beans, chickpeas, and salsa to a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add in the salt, cumin, and chili powder.
  4. Dice the avocado just before serving.
  5. When you're ready to eat it, divide it into bowls and top with avocado and cilantro.
  6. If you're saving the leftovers, leave out the avocado and cilantro until serving.

white bean chili

Alex and I ate ours with some tortilla chips sprinkled on top and it ended up being a pretty filling lunch. It feels good to start the new year with a healthy dish! I’ll be packing the leftovers with me for lunch.

I also got myself back into working out. It’s so hard to get back into a routine when you’ve taken some time off, but it feels amazing when you do! I hadn’t had a truly exhausting workout in awhile, but Jillian Michael’s Shed & Shred had me begging for mercy.

I definitely need a workout buddy now that I don’t have roommates anymore. It’s hard to make it to the end of those DVDs without some accountability! Anyone want to come join me?

This vegan and gluten free white bean chickpea chili is spicy, healthy, and delicious! It's the perfect quick & easy vegetarian dinner recipe!

How are you kicking off 2015?

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  1. I’ve never tried a vegetarian chili verde before. This sounds delicious! And still hearty while being healthy. It’s definitely going on my list of soups to try.

  2. I love salsa verde but have never tried it in chili. What a great idea! I’ll definitely have to try this!

  3. I go to the end of the video because when I quit, I feel as though the time I did workout didn’t count. Plus, Jillian scares me so I keep pushing! Haha. Keep at it! Set aside a block of time as “workout time” and then just keep moving until the timer goes off. That way you aren’t distracted to do other things and quit your workout.

  4. I am shocked by my not quitting the Pure Barre DVD’s. I just love them and it seems to fly on by even though it burns! I never thought I could master working out via video from home. My friend does that Jillian Michaels- I never tried it.

  5. I am shocked by my not quitting the Pure Barre DVD’s. I just love them and it seems to fly on by even though it burns! I never thought I could master working out via video from home. My friend does that Jillian Michaels- I never tried it.

  6. 2015 is being kicked off with a headache and a heavy case of the “Mondays” lol It’ll get easier – the passing of the Holiday season is always harsh.. Lol. Oh well we have MLK in two weeks. It’s something. My 2015 is being kicked off with the continuance of waking up at 5-ish and getting at least 10 minutes of exercise in before work. .It’s not much but it’s better than nothing and I’m trying to get in the swing of things so once that’s down – winning! 🙂 Happy Monday Liz! -Iva

  7. I’m doing more yoga, dry brushing, and the Whole 30 program to kick start January! Here’s to healthy me. 😉

  8. oh yum that looks fabulous and really simple too. Thanks for linking up with us today for MM.

  9. Oh man, this looks so good! I love Jillian Michaels. I did her 30 day shred years ago it’s amazing how much she kicks your butt.

  10. I love salsa verde but I’ve never thought to use it in a chili! Great idea, I’ll have to try this recipe.

  11. This looks delicious!
    Love Jillian and miss her I may have to add some of her videos back in after I finish Insanity Max 30 and focus on my running. Extreme Shed and Shred, Ripped in 30, 6 Week 6 Pack, One Week Shred, so many good ones! Oh and can’t forget the 30 Day Shred which I use to recommend to everyone! I heard she has a new one too, Beginner Shred.

  12. Yum! I think I’ll make this even more verde by adding in spinach and lime juice. Probably lots of garlic, too, since I think I’m getting sick again, ugh. Soup is perfect for a cold windy day like today!

  13. I love Jillian Michaels DVDs! She kinda scares me, but staring at her abs gives me the motivation to keep going lol

  14. Yummmm! This looks tasty! I love how your recipes are always so simple – makes me want to go open up my fridge and whip it right up!

    Also, if I lived in RVA I’d totally come join you. No one makes me bed for mercy quite like Jillian, no matter how many times I do her videos!

  15. Our fridge is packed with veggies! And I have the tail end of my half marathon training to keep me going through January!

    And if we lived closer to e/o, I would definitely be your workout partner!

  16. Oh this looks so good! I would have never thought to a vegetarian version of this dish. I’m definitely going to have to give it a try!

    And I will be more than happy to join you in working out. My husband is about as anti-workout as it gets so I can always use a little motivation. 🙂

  17. Looks Great!

  18. This recipe sounds like something I would love! I should try it out this week now that the weather is finally cold!


  19. Love that you’re getting back into workouts!! Happy to join up sometime 😉 also, that soup looks fab. Love the avocado in it.

  20. Liz, this sounds lovely, and yes, perfect for this time of year. We had chili today actually, but I would never have thought of doing a white version of it. That would be a good idea tooooo! Thanks for joining us for meatless monday, I always love seeing your recipes!

  21. This recipe looks delicious!

    I had a rough start to the new year, but you’ve inspired me to dust off my Jillian Michaels dvd. Thanks!

  22. this looks yummy and I love it when I can cook on the weekends and have leftover lunch ready for the week!

  23. Looks tasty!

  24. Jillian Michael’s videos are brutal! Last year during Polar Vortex, I was stuck in home so I did a yoga video of hers. I sweating like crazy!

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  26. Texting my hubs to get salsa verde and tortilla chips right now… 😉


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