Sunday, February 17, 2008

Chile Verde

1-1/4 c. dry pinto beans
1 lb. chicken breast
1 can chopped green chilies
1 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
2/3 c. chopped onion
1 c. Monterey Jack cheese
1 c. salsa
1 dozen tortillas

Rinse pinto beans, soak them in cold water overnight, then drain. Cut chicken into cubes. Cook in water until no longer pink (about 15 minutes). Combine chicken with chilies and seasonings. Refrigerate until needed. Combine beans, chicken broth, garlic, salt, and onion in large pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for one hour. Add more water if necessary.

Combine chicken mixture with beans; simmer 10 minutes. Cool and freeze. Grate chicken and freeze in a separate bag. Freeze both bags together.

To prepare for serving, thaw. Simmer chili 30 minutes, stir occasionally. Top with salsa and grated cheese. Serve on warm tortillas.

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