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White Turkey Chili

It takes only 30 minutes to make a steaming bowl of this satisfying and comforting chili.

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  • Servings: 1

Source: Everyday Food, March 2006


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chile (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired), minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 pound ground turkey (7 percent fat)
  • 1 can cannellini beans (15.5 ounces), drained and rinsed
  • Garnishes, such as lime wedges, cilantro, sour cream, and grated cheese


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeno, garlic, oregano, and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Add turkey and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Add beans and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, while mashing some of the beans against side of pan to release starch. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Season with salt and pepper; garnish as desired.

Cook's Notes

Mashing some of the beans during cooking gives you the texture of a slow-cooked sauce without adding to your kitchen time. The ground turkey we've used for this recipe (7 percent) is made from dark meat and is moist and tender.


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