Trim, Healthy (& Frugal) Tuesday: White Bean Chili (E Style)

Trim Healthy Mama Friendly: White Bean Chili w/ Chicken
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Trim, Healthy (& Frugal) Tuesday Recipe: White Bean Chili (E Style)

If you are anything like me, you can totally appreciate a good chili recipe, and one that fits with Trim Healthy Mama parameters is a total BONUS!  Today’s chili recipe is a delicious rendition of white bean chili.  I have adapted the recipes from Crockpot365 and DashingDish to make an amazing medley of flavors and creaminess to really bring out the yum!  If you need a new twist on an old favorite, this is the recipe for you!

You will need/Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (8 oz) chicken breast, cubed (raw or cooked)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or homemade stock)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen white corn, or 1 can drained
  • 2 cans white beans
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (4 oz) can green chiles, chopped
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream (or fat free)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2-1 tsp Italian seasoning (or mixture of Italian herbs: basil, oregano, and parsley…1 tbsp total for fresh)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Low fat mozzarella, for topping


  1. Chop your onion and mince your garlic.  Add to crockpot.
  2. Open and dump all other canned ingredients, plus chicken and sour cream.
  3. Add seasonings and salt to taste.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Simmer on low for 8-9 hours, or on high 4-6.
  6. Enjoy this with a dollop of light/fat free sour cream and sprinkle of low fat/fat free cheese.  YUM!

Cost Breakdown

Since this is Debt-free living week, let’s take a minute to figure out just how frugal this recipe is.  Using local cost as my guide, I assess the canned beans to be about $1.10, canned corn at $.70 (frozen corn at $1/bag, but you will have some left over), onion $.35, garlic $.15, green chiles $.75, sour cream $1.50, and chicken breast $1 or less.  Seasonings are nominal, or free if in your garden (BONUS!), but we will add $1 just to cover our expenses.  This brings us to a total of $5.55, or less than $0.70 per serving!  You can make it even cheaper by using leftover chicken meat from a whole cooked chicken meal, and using dried/soaked beans prepared in advance!  Chicken is also an optional choice, but it adds a nice touch of protein and flavor to the dish.  This is also an easy recipe to double up for larger families, or freezer meals.

Trim Healthy Mama – E Style

Not only is this a super frugal meal option, this is also a THM-friendly meal!  This delicious recipe (before toppings with low fat or fat free cheese and sour cream) contains only 1.6 g fat and 21.5 g carbohydrates, which makes it a solid and lovely E meal.  With chicken, it also provides 7.7 g of protein to help satiate and strengthen our beautiful bodies.  Yum, yum, YUMMMMMM!

What toppings do you like to add to your chili delights?  Be sure to comment below.

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Trim (& Frugal) Tuesday Recipe: White Bean Chili (E Style)
Recipe Type: Chili
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Julie Filter
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Serves: 8
White Bean Chili w/ Chicken, slow cooked to perfection and tastes like a dream!
  • 1 cup chicken breast, cubed (cooked or raw)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or homemade stock)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen white corn, or 1 can, drained
  • 2 can Great Northern Beans (or any white bean combo)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz) can green chiles, chopped
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream (or fat free, but nutrition table is with light)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2-1 tsp italian seasoning (or mixture of italian herbs: basil, parsley, and oregano…1 tbsp total for fresh)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Low fat Mozzarella cheese(or fat free), for topping (optional)
  1. Chop onion and mince garlic cloves. Add to crockpot.
  2. Pour all other ingredients into crockpot (omitting cheese) and seasonings. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Simmer on low 8-9 hours, or on high 4-6.
  4. Enjoy topped with a sprinkle of low fat or fat free mozzarella, and small dollop of light (or fat free) sour cream.


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  • Gwen

    This makes me HUNGRY for fall weather! :)
    Thanks for linking up!

    • JulieFilter

      As much as I LOVE chili in cold weather, there is just something so great about their summer frugality too. Mmmmmm chili!

  • Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents

    Crock Pots, how do I love thee….let me count the ways. Okay, just kidding because I don’t have time for that. This looks YUMMORAMA! We love white chili.
    Thanks for linking at Trim Healthy Tuesday!

    • JulieFilter

      You’re so welcome! I’m thrilled to join the team =0)

  • Elissa Hege

    I thought corn was out for THM… or am I (hopefully!) wrong?

    • JulieFilter

      They don’t recommend it as a food to consume often or in high amounts, so the amount that is called for in this recipe is acceptable to me, but you could always halve it to be on the more cautious side if you wanted. This is discussed in the section where they discuss popcorn. Make sense?

  • Elissa

    The chili looks wonderful. Might have to try it tomorrow. Do you have a THM suggestion for replacing crackers? My husband thinks he must have saltine crackers for any soup, chili or stew. I haven’t found a suitable substitution for him yet.

    • JulieFilter

      Lol, well, honestly, if my husband wanted it I would give it to him. I am not here to be his mother, but his wife, so if he wants Saltines, though they are not on plan, Saltines he would get =0) Now, for you, on the other hand? Maybe Wasa crackers, or a homemade oat fiber or oatmeal one? I haven’t tried to make anything like that but there may be a recipe out there in cyber world =0) But, Wasa’s sound plausible to me!

  • Laura

    I’m not a corn fan at all, so I replaced the corn with chopped carrots! Yum :)

    • JulieFilter

      Great idea! Glad you enjoyed it!