White Turkey Chili

I love chili.  Love, love, LOVE it.  Truthfully, it is one of the things I most look forward to about fall and winter.  I already have my favorite standard chili recipe.  It’s hearty and tasty and so, so comforting.  But I was looking for something a little healthier.

Enter Ellie Krieger.  I knew my favorite health-conscious nutritionist/cook would be able to help me out.  Once again, Ellie did not disappoint.  This white turkey chili not only helped me take advantage of the buy one, get one free sale on ground turkey, it also came together quickly and with tons of flavor.  

white turkey chili

White Turkey Chili

adapted from Ellie Krieger, So Easy

printer-friendly recipe


1 TBSP olive or canola oil

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

3 medium poblano (pasilla) peppers, seeded and ribs removed, finely diced (about 1 1/2 c.)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, more to taste

1 tsp. dried oregano, divided

1 to 1 1/4 lb. ground white meat turkey

2 (15.5-oz.) cans white beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed

4 c. low-sodium chicken broth

1 (15.5-ounce) can white hominy, drained and rinsed

1 tsp. salt (less if not using reduced-sodium beans)

1/4 c. nonfat plain Greek-style yogurt or low-fat sour cream

1 avocado, cut into 1/2-in. cubes

1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro

lime wedges


1.  Heat the oil in large pot or dutch oven over moderate heat. Add the onion, celery, peppers, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about eight minutes.

2.  Add the garlic, cumin, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp. oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

3.  Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until the meat is no longer pink about four minutes.

4.  Add the white beans, broth and remaining oregano. Cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.

5.  Add the hominy and salt, to taste.  Cook, partially covered, ten minutes longer.

6.  Ladle into individual bowls and top each serving with yogurt or sour cream, cilantro, avocado, and a lime wedge.

one year ago: banana bread with chocolate chips

two years ago: swirled pumpkin-bourbon cheesecake squares and autumn fruit streudel

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  1. "pup"
    November 10, 2010 / 5:46 pm

    It is chili season! This looks delicious!!

  2. Charlie Allred
    November 10, 2010 / 6:19 pm

    I'm excited to try this recipe! Printed it an everything!

  3. USA Kiwi
    November 10, 2010 / 7:03 pm

    We love this recipe too – it's on regular rotation at my house. It also freezes REALLY well.

  4. Natalie
    November 11, 2010 / 6:37 pm

    Just bookmarked! I love white chicken chili and have never tried it with turkey. Can't wait!

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