Hurricane Ridge Chicken Chili – small

$ 4.79

Product Description

This soup is everything you could want in a chicken chili, soft white beans, a decadent broth and lots of bell peppers.

You will need:
1/2 or 1 cup Fresh or Canned Chicken cubed
1/2 or 1 cup canned or frozen corn (optional)
1/8 cup green chilies (optional)

Package Includes: Bean Mixture
1 Spice Packet

Directions: Sort and rinse beans. In a 3 quart saucepan add 4 cups water and bean mixture. Cover and bring to boil, reduce heat and let simmer until beans soften, about 1 hour. Add spice packet and your choice of cooked chicken. Simmer another 30 minutes or until beans are completely soft. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve. Optional, top with grated cheese or sour cream.

Crockpot Directions:Add water, the entire soup mix and precooked meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours (minimum) to 10 hours (maximum). Cook on high for 3 1/2 hours (minimum) to 6 (maximum). Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:Reduce water by 1/2 cup. Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot, lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 30 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally or manually let the steam off. Enjoy! 

Cooking Variations: Substitute ground pork or ground turkey in place of chicken.

Bean Hints & Nutrition:
Beans should always be sorted, cleaned and washed to remove any small rocks, etc.
The USDA recommends that adults eat three cups of beans per week for the maximum health benefit. Beans are naturally low in total fat, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium.
Why Beans May Cause Discomfort:
Beans are high in fiber and complex sugars that our bodies have to work hard to digest which may cause intestinal gas.
To reduce cooking time and intestinal gas soak the beans six to 12 hours ahead of cooking to help dissolve the complex sugars. Drain and replace the soaking water as frequently as possible. Over time increase the amount of beans you eat to help your body adapt.

Tidbits of History

Hurricane ridge offers unparalleled views of the Olympic Peninsula. It was given it’s name in the late 1800’s by a prospector who happened to wander to the top on a windy day. As the legend goes, he leaned into the wind and said “It’s like a bloody hurricane!”. The ridge was always referred to as Hurricane Ridge after the prospectors hike.

From his spot on the summit he would’ve been able to see Port Angeles, Sequim, Mount Olympus, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and even into Canada.

As you drive up the ridge road it snakes around the south side of the hill. Off to the left you can see deep canyons carved by small rivers and the sprawling Olympic Rain Forest. At the crest of the hill the view pulls on your stomach and dances in your chest. Such beauty cannot help but awaken a small part in all of us that longs for adventure and the freedom felt only in wilderness. Wildflower meadows spread as far as the eyes can see from the visitor center and mountain goats dot the steep hills.

Hurricane Ridge sits inside the Olympic National Park, created in 1938 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, to protect the calving ground of Roosevelt elk. The creation of the national park has protected wilderness lands on the Olympic peninsula and also opened the way for projects such as the Elwha dam removal.
In 2011, the largest dam removal project in history started inside the Olympic National Park, just west of Hurricane Ridge. The project had unusually wide acceptance and support on a public and governmental level because of its location within the park.

The river now runs free. Salmon and trout have begun to once again spawn in the rivers and people have hope that maybe once again the Elwha will be know as one of the best salmon rivers in the Pacific Northwest. It’s arguable that this project would have never been approved if the dams hadn’t landed in the Olympic national.