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White Chili Pilaf

White Chili Pilaf

White Chili Pilaf


Makes 6 servings


Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound bulk turkey sausage
1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons seeded, minced jalapeño peppers*
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
21/4 cups water
2 teaspoons chicken flavor bouillon granules
1 cup uncooked white basmati rice
1 cup rinsed, drained canned Great Northern beans
1 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
3/4 cup diced seeded tomato
6 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon shredded reduced-fat Colby-Jack cheese

*Jalapeño peppers can sting and irritate the skin, so wear rubber gloves when handling peppers and do not touch your eyes.


  1. Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Add beef and sausage; cook 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, stirring to crumble. Remove meat from skillet.
  2. Spray large saucepan with cooking spray; add peppers and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat 5 minutes or until peppers are tender. Stir in cumin and oregano; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in cups water and bouillon granules; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in rice. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Add meat, beans and onions to saucepan; cover. Simmer 5 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in cilantro. Cover; let stand 5 minutes. Top each serving evenly with sour cream, tomato and cheese before serving.

Nutritional Information

Sodium 731 mg
Protein 20 g
Fiber 1 g
Carbohydrate 41 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Saturated Fat 3 g
Total Fat 10 g
Calories from Fat 26 %
Calories 324

Dietary Exchange

Fat 1/2
Meat 2
Vegetable 1
Starch 2-1/2

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