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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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  • Rod Alton
    23 JAN, 2013
  • ElizParkCoop
    10 JAN, 2013
    I made this Chili last night and it was so good, I am not a big fresh jalapeño 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.
  • 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!