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Turkey and White-Bean Chili

Get all the flavor of a slow-simmered chili in less than half the time (with less fat, too!).

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Turkey and White-Bean Chili

Source: Everyday Food, 2003


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, diced (seeded for milder taste)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cans (19 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Sour cream, cilantro, and radishes for garnish


  1. In a large, deep, skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey; season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up turkey with spoon, until browned, 9 minutes.

  2. Add onion and jalapenos; cook until soft, 3 minutes. Stir in cumin and tomato paste; cook 2 minutes.

  3. Add cannellini beans, chicken broth, and water; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until thick, 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Garnish with sour cream, cilantro, and radishes, if desired.

Reviews (12)

  • adamseven9 31 Jan, 2013

    Come on people... You don't need the recipe above. Just follow the video or the recipe to the right of it. See here:

  • adamseven9 31 Jan, 2013

    Hi there! I have not made this yet since I am a vegetarian. Any suggestions on substitutions for the turkey? Maybe more beans or hominy? I don't know...what do you think?

  • Jules2ac 31 Jan, 2013

    Sounds delicious, but the printed recipe doesn't match the video! Please update...would love to try it!

  • tapples4 31 Jan, 2013

    could you post the recipe that matches the video please?

  • truth_sayer 6 Dec, 2011

    I agree with others that 1 cup water is too much. Maybe a 1/4 cup is more like it. I also added an extra can of the Cannellini (white kidney) beans, and slightly more than the one pound of ground turkey that's called for, to stretch it out to feed five adults. Served with bread on the side, everyone loved it.

  • StaceyrN 2 Jan, 2011

    Love this recipe. I also use low-fat turkey and I add 4 strips of chopped nitrate-free cooked turkey bacon with step #3. No water and top with cilantro and chopped green onions. If you like a thicker (and quicker) consistency, try using a handheld blender - works great!

  • najah 9 Jan, 2010

    Very tasty. I made this with what I had on-hand: cooked, chopped turkey and two 15 oz. cans of Great Northern beans. Since I used less beans than the recipe, I should've left out the cup of water....I was starving while waiting for it thicken up. After 20 minutes, I impatiently added some "Wondra" to the pot to speed things along. I liked how the extra liquid gave it a creaminess and how the cumin and turkey flavors were so distinct together.

  • SharonBS 1 Oct, 2009

    My daughter suggested this recipe to me. I just finished making it and left out the cup of water. Consistency is perfect!

  • 11866409 30 Sep, 2009

    I made this with chorizo instead because it's what I had in the fridge. Flavor was great, only issue I had was that I think there was way too much broth. I would cut the broth in half next time.

  • lisamaria 25 Sep, 2009

    Canola oil is actually one of the best oils to cook with...any nutrionist will tell you that.

  • Dark4617 25 Sep, 2009
    Canola oil is not dangerous. Please check these things out before spreading rumors!

  • Niconomicon 25 Sep, 2009

    Sounds great except I would not use the canola oi. Canola oil is incredibly unhealthy. I will try olive oil instead.

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