Chickpea and White Bean Chili

*** This post updated 10/12/2020 with new images, updated retested recipe, and nutritional information***

One of my family’s favorite meals in the cold winter months is chili. I make a whole bunch of different variations so that I can continuously swap up the flavors to keep them from growing tired of the same old chili every other week. This Chickpea and white Bean Chili is one of our new favorites it’s packed full of peppers and onions, layered with tons of spices like cumin and oregano, and filled to the brim with homemade veggie stock, chickpeas, and 2 types of white beans. It’s the kind of chili that sticks to your bones and makes you want to curl up in a blanket and take a nap afterwards.

Close up of 2 bowls of Chickpea and White Bean Chili


There is a secret ingredient in this chili though…one I don’t normally use in chili recipes, but it is perfection in this one.

Cloves! Yep, you read that right, I spiced up my white bean chili with a baking spice. It’s not one of those, “Oh man, this tastes like cloves.” kind of thing, it’s more of a,  “Whoa, what is in this wait bean chili?”,  kind of thing. The flavor of the cloves is very subtle;  it just kind of hangs out in the background and has a good time teasing your taste buds. 

2 bowls of Chickpea and White Bean Chili on a wooden table top

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If you’ve tried this Chickpea and White Bean Chili recipe I would be so grateful if you would rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours! 


Chickpea and White Bean Chili

2 bowls of Chickpea and White Bean Chili on table garnished with cheese, cilantro leaves, spur cream, and sliced peppers

Don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think about this Chickpea and White Bean Chili recipe in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews/comments really help other people that visit This Mess is Ours! 

  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 Mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup
  • Diet: Gluten Free



3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium sized red bell pepper, chopped

1 small poblano pepper, chopped

1 jalapeno seeds removed, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 tablespoon hot sauce

4 cups broth, either vegetable or chicken broth is fine

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 (15-ounce) can navy beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed

coarse kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste


In a large soup pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper, poblano, jalapeno, red onion, and a generous pinch of salt. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute more.

Add the cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes, cloves, and hot sauce stirring to incorporate. Cook for 3-4 minutes more or until the onions are beginning to brown around the edges.

In a large measuring cup or bowl mix the broth with the cornstarch and whisk until completely combined. Set aside.

Add all of the beans to the pot with the cooked vegetables and pour the prepared broth into the pan as well, stir to combine. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil, cover partially with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes so the flavors can combine.



Keywords: white bean chili, white chili, chili

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