Easy White Chili with Hot and Spicy Oregano (2024)

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Adding the fresh oregano near the end of the cooking time retains the hot and spicy flavor of the herb in this tasty chili recipe.

Easy White Chili with Hot and Spicy Oregano (1)

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breast halves (about 1 ½ pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans great Northern beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons canned, chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped hot and spicy oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Hot and spicy oregano sprigs

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into ¾ inch cubes; toss with cumin and black pepper, and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add chicken; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add broth, beans, and jalapeno peppers, stirring well. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low, and cook 15 minutes. Add oregano and sugar, stirring well.
  • Cook 5 additional minutes. Ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with oregano sprigs.
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Cayenne Pepper (2 Pack) Light: Full sun. Fruit size: 5 to 6 inches. Matures: 70 to 75 days. Plant spacing: 12 to 18 inches apart. Plant size: 18 to 24 inches tall. Scoville heat units: 30,000 to 50,000 (hot). This very hot pepper is the prime ingredient in Cayenne pepper, which is made when the dried peppers are ground into powder. This is also the favored spice of Creole and Cajun cuisine used to give gumbo and crayfish dishes their punch. Thin-walled, skinny, wrinkled fruits are 5 to 6 Inches long and very hot. However, they will not be hot when small. Wait until they get at least 5 or 6 Inches long to pick hot ones. They can be substituted for most dishes calling for Serrano, Jalapeno, or Habanero peppers. Easy to grow and tolerant of hot, humid weather, Cayenne will produce peppers all summer. These skinny peppers are also called chili or finger peppers. Great for containers. Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available at your local stores, as we select and sell varieties best suited to the growing conditions in each region. 2-pack starter plants 19.3 fl oz pot volume Hot heat

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Spearmint Mint (2 Pack) Spearmint has strong flavor and fragrance that is released with simple bruising. It's the best mint variety for hot and cold drinks. Toss bruised leaves into ice water for a refreshing summer drink or add to iced tea. Spearmint is favored for flavoring beverages such as mojito. Also know as Yerba Buena. Spreading plant is great for containers. Tolerates light frost. 2-pack starter plants 19.3 fl oz pot volume Full Sun to Partial Shade

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Tami G Grape Tomato (2 Pack) Gardeners who have grown Tami G grape tomatoes appreciate her hybrid qualities, both in the garden and at the table. These firm, sweet, dark-red grape tomatoes grow 1 1/4 inch long x 3/4 inch wide, perfect for a healthy snack or salad. Tami G grape tomatoes grow into a vigorous vine that can reach 8 to 9 feet tall in a season, easily growing over the top of the cage and back down again. Because this variety is disease resistant, you will enjoy an extended harvest. This makes an absolutely beautiful branch of grape tomatoes that you can lay out on a table and let folks pick their own from the stem (like grapes). It's a crowd pleaser. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F), alterneria stem canker (ASC), gray leaf spot (St), and bacterial spec race 0. 2-pack starter plants 19.3 fl oz pot volume Full Sun

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English Thyme (2 Pack) English thyme is a low-growing plant with fragrant leaves. This herb goes well with just about everything. Add it (fresh or dried) to blended herb mixtures, or use in soups, sauces, beans, meat dishes, and more. It’s also a great addition to potpourri or homemade soap. But thyme isn’t just useful inside the house, as it also makes a wonderfully aromatic ground cover or border. 2-pack starter plants 19.3 fl oz pot volume Full Sun to Partial Shade

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Catnip (2 Pack) Your favorite feline will purr-fectly adore fresh catnip. Add it to your garden bed or plant it in a container for inside kitties, and watch them go wild! A member of the mint family, catnip creates a comical response in most cats, with lots of purring, rubbing, and rolling on the plant. This easy-to-grow, hardy herb produces pretty clusters of white flowers with purple dots in the summer, adding beauty to your garden. And, if your feline friend will share, catnip leaves make a lovely tea for humans. Dry the leaves to create homemade cat toys stuffed with catnip for more cat antics! Plant in full sun to part shade. Perennial (zones 4 to 10). 2-pack starter plants 19.3 fl oz pot volume Partial Shade

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Chamomile (2 Pack) Need a little help relaxing? Add chamomile to the garden, and brew a cup of homegrown, soothing chamomile tea to unwind before bed. While best known for use in tea, the pretty, edible flowers also add a slightly sweet flavor to dishes, desserts, and drinks. Chamomile looks lovely and makes a great companion plant in vegetable gardens, attracting beneficial insects, like pollinators and predatory insects that feed on pests, to boost harvests and keep veggies healthy. Enjoy the large shows of pretty, petite, daisy-like flowers—they look great in bouquets, too. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Annual. Matures in 60 to 65 days. 2-pack starter plants 19.3 fl oz pot volume Full Sun

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Carolina Reaper Pepper (2 Pack) Demand for the Carolina Reaper plant has been as smokin' hot as the pepper itself! Do you dare to grow the world’s hottest pepper? Get your milk-chaser ready, because Carolina Reaper packs a punch! With an off-the-chart Scoville rating of 1,569,300, these devilish red fruits aren’t for wimps. Easy to grow, the infamous pepper possesses a fruity and sweet aroma, with an undertone of chocolate and cherry flavors. It may be hot, but it’s packed with flavor, too. A little goes a long way—use part of a pod to flavor an entire pot of chili, or dehydrate and grind the peppers to make ultra-hot pepper powder. Just be sure to wear gloves when handling and add a mask when processing. 2-pack starter plants 25 fl oz pot volume Extreme heat

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Ponchi Mi Tomato (2 Pack) Imagine growing tasty, healthy snacks right on your kitchen counter or sunny windowsill! Part of the Bonnie® Reserve Collection, the Ponchi Mi Tomato takes garden-to-table meals to the next level. The petite, compact plant grows beautifully in well-lit, small spaces, producing terrific harvests of sweet, bright-red fruit that’s easily grown, harvested, and enjoyed indoors or out. The clearly-visible fruit grows on top of the plant, making a pretty addition to indoor décor or balcony planters, as well as a convenient, flavorful ingredient in your favorite meals. Easy to grow and disease resistant. The plant grows only 6 inches tall, so no need for supports. Great for containers or planted in the garden, too. Place in full sun and feed regularly. Matures in 56 to 63 days. *Image Credit: Ponchi™ F1- Mi © Prudac 2-pack starter plants 25 fl oz pot volume Full sun

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Lemon Balm (2 Pack) Lemon balm, a member of the mint family, is a lovely mild herb named for the lemony scent of its leaves. Originally grown in South Europe, lemon balm is often used in combination with other herbs and is frequently found in poultry and fish dishes, desserts, and teas. It also makes a nicely scented sachet. Plant one at the edge of a gate so that when the gate opens and closes the lemony scent fill the air. Like other types of mint, it likes to spread, so a container is a great choice. 2-pack starter plants 19.3 fl oz pot volume Partial Shade

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Easy White Chili with Hot and Spicy Oregano (2024)

FAQs

How to use hot and spicy oregano? ›

Because of its high oil content, Oregano 'Hot and Spicy' dries well, and has an even stronger flavour. Use half the amount of dried oregano to fresh. Another way to make the most of its aromatic leaves is in flavoured oil or vinegar, for splashing onto salads or into stir-fries.

What does oregano do for chilli? ›

Adding the fresh oregano near the end of the cooking time retains the hot and spicy flavor of the herb in this tasty chili recipe.

What secret ingredient will deepen the flavor of your chili? ›

Stir some puréed pumpkin into your chili just after sautéing your aromatics (onions, garlic, etc...) and before adding any liquid. This will deepen and sweeten its flavor, making it a great balance for all the chile peppers and heat.

What is the most important spice in chili? ›

It's hard to imagine Mexican chilli con carne without cumin. This spice is commonly used in Mexican cuisine and pairs nicely with hot peppers to round out the flavours of the dish. Cumin's fragrance and warmth helps to create a balanced palate, with its deep earthiness and lemony hint brightening up any chilli recipe.

What are the health benefits of hot and spicy oregano? ›

Oregano adds flavor to savory dishes. It may also have health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. Potential medical uses range from diabetes to cramps. It may also help reduce the risk of cancer.

How much sun does hot and spicy oregano need? ›

Guarantee
  • Full Sun (6+ Hours Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 24 - 30 Inches.
  • Mature Width 24 - 30 Inches.
  • Growing Zones 5 - 8.

Is too much oregano spice bad for you? ›

When taken by mouth: Oregano leaf and oregano oil are likely safe when eaten in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if oregano is safe to use in amounts greater than those found in food. Mild side effects include stomach upset.

Does basil or oregano go in chili? ›

I've taken a combination of a few of my favorite chili recipes and added my own personal touches to create a very flavorful, spicy chili. You can also sub dried basil and oregano for fresh, and bacon bits for crumbles; fresh is always a better flavor though. The longer it simmers, the better it tastes.

What does cinnamon do for chili? ›

Cinnamon. The beauty of ground cinnamon is that it brings a warmth to your chili, without being spicy. It works well with other flavors commonly found in chili (like tomato, cumin and chile powder) so you only need a little bit to achieve the desired balance.

What is the trick to a good chili? ›

Rumi Spice's top tips for making chili:
  1. Brown the Meat.
  2. Don't Forget Vegetables.
  3. Elevate with Extra Flavor.
  4. Only Add Flavorful Liquids.
  5. Opt for Dried Beans.
  6. Season Early and Often.
  7. Add Some Acidity at the End.
  8. Top It Off.

What adds the most flavor to chili? ›

Here are some of the most common (and most effective) flavor boosters to add to your chili recipe.
  • Booze (Beer, Wine, or Liquor) ...
  • Liquid Smoke. ...
  • Brine or Vinegar. ...
  • Soy Sauce. ...
  • Fish Sauce. ...
  • Worcestershire Sauce. ...
  • Coffee or Espresso Powder. ...
  • Chocolate.
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What is the best liquid for chili? ›

Chili cooks low and slow, so you need enough liquid to tenderize the meat and keep everything from drying out. That liquid should also add flavor to the chili, so use chicken, beef, or vegetable stock, or beer.

How to add depth of flavor to chili? ›

If you want more of a smoky flavor, add cumin, Spanish paprika, ancho chili powder, or a combination. If you are looking for more heat, add cayenne, crushed red pepper, or Hungarian paprika. If it's too spicy add a little brown sugar and some sweet paprika.

What does paprika do for chili? ›

Sweet, mild Paprika gives a cozy, approachable base to chili. With its mild spiciness and gentle appeal, Paprika provides the flavor foundation upon which a good chili is built. Its sweet, un-smoked version can be paired with just about any other spice or herb.

Why would you put vinegar in chili? ›

With only about 1 tablespoon per pot added toward the end of the cooking process, the vinegar will make the flavors more vibrant without overwhelming the dish with its biting tang. Through just a splash, everything becomes a little brighter, and the chili's flavors are more balanced.

What do you do with the spice oregano? ›

It's often used in fresh or cooked salsa, meat mixtures for burritos and tacos, enchilada sauce, and classic braised pork. Cuban cuisine makes delicious use of this peppery herb. Mexican oregano is the key flavor in that country's famous slow-cooked ropa vieja, or braised and shredded beef.

How many leaves of oregano to boil for cough? ›

Soothe a mild cough or tickle with this tea. Add 2 Tbsp dried or ½ cup fresh oregano and 1 to 2 peeled garlic cloves to 2 cups boiling water. Let the mixture boil for 5 min. and strain.

How do you use oregano in cooking? ›

Add oregano to dishes like pasta, pizza, soups, and stews. It also pairs wonderfully with meats like turkey, fish, beef, and chicken. Add dried oregano when you start cooking the dish, and fresh oregano near the end of the cooking process.

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