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Under 30 Minutes

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
White Turkey Chili

Source: Everyday Food, March 2006

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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 Note

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.

Reviews (13)

  • Rod Alton 23 Jan, 2013

    no

  • ElizParkCoop 10 Jan, 2013

    I made this Chili last night and it was so good, I am not a big fresh jalapeƱo fan so I used 1 1/2 (I quadrupled the recipe). It was really good. I had a little left over and tried it today and it was even better the second day. Perfect consistency. I absolutely recommend this and will be making it again very soon.

  • jennifer725 24 Jan, 2012

    This is the perfect chili for busy people that love flavor and are on a budget. Very few ingredients and soooo much flavor. Be sure to mash some of the beans with a large stirring spoon against the side of the pot as it cooks as indicated in the "Cook's Note" at the bottom of the recipe. I've been making this as my go-to chili since 2006 when it was first published in EveryDay Food and my husband still asks for it. I'm bringing it to a family Chili Cookoff in a couple of weeks!

  • flygyrl 18 Dec, 2010

    I LOVE this recipe. So fast and easy! I quadruped the recipe but only used 2 cans of beans. To beef up the flavor, I also added 1 Tbls of "Better Than Bullion" chicken paste. Yum! Freezes well, too. Martha, you rock!

  • lynahere57 24 Feb, 2010

    Needs more flavor. So I added 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Emiril Lagasse's Bayou Blast (BAM) and definitely more Salt and Pepper to taste. I also thickened it up with a bit of cornstarch.

  • LovetheUK 16 Oct, 2009

    Not to despair. There is another recipe for turkey chili on the site that's fabulous! And you can use 99% fat free turkey.

    http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/turkey-and-white-bean-chili

  • maq 1 Oct, 2009

    The recipe turned out great per my husband. However, the broth was quite thin so I added a little cornstarch to thicken.

  • scorpiolounge 16 Jan, 2009

    Just from reading the recipe, can tell this would be bland. Two suggestions:
    Combine the following spices:
    3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1/2 teaspoon salt

    and then add 1/4 of the resulting mix to the chili.

    Second suggestion: add a bit of a prepared Caribbean Jerk seasoning to add some flavor and a little heat.

  • txtart 3 Dec, 2008

    I made this recipe exactly as described and the end result was rather bland. Will not make this again. I ended up adding another teaspoon of cumin to see if that would add some more flavor along with a dozen other seasonings. After playing around with it, I finally ended up adding some flavor, but still didnt like it much. I dont recommend this recipe.

  • pickettje 4 Aug, 2008

    I tweaked this recipe a little bit and it came out great. Instead of water, I did a light beer beer/broth combination and added sweet walla-walla onions and white corn. At the end, I stirred in some chopped cilantro. The result was a light chili that capitalized on the tastes of summer...

    I like to think of it as your traditional red chili's oh-so-sophisticated cousin!

  • Tamaki 10 May, 2008

    This dish is quick to prepare, tasty, and healthy (low fat, provided that you don't use too much of some of the garnishes; I even found that you can get away with using just half the amount of olive oil). The cost of ingredients are low too (minced [ground] turkey is cheaper than minced beef in the UK), perfect for someone on a tight budget. I will definitely make this again!

  • Tamaki 10 May, 2008

    This dish is quick to prepare, tasty, and healthy (low fat, provided that you don't use too much of some of the garnishes; I even found that you can get away with using just half the amount of olive oil). The cost of ingredients are low too (minced [ground] turkey is cheaper than minced beef in the UK), perfect for someone on a tight budget. I will definitely make this again!

  • Tamaki 10 May, 2008

    This dish is quick to prepare, tasty, and healthy (low fat, provided that you don't use too much of some of the garnishes; I even found that you can get away with using just half the amount of olive oil). The cost of ingredients are low too (minced [ground] turkey is cheaper than minced beef in the UK), perfect for someone on a tight budget. I will definitely make this again!

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