White Turkey Chili

Dear Reader;

One of my favorite recipes of all time calls for turkey.  Lucky that we will all have a bit of leftover turkey this week.  I make it all year long with ground turkey and it is a favorite at my house.  It’s full of healthy veggies, lean protein and beans, as well as flavor.  BONUS: it’s easy and can be made ahead of time and left warming in a crock pot!  Perfect for pot lucks, game night or any weeknight meal.

You will need to make beans the day before.   I don’t ever use canned because of the very high sodium content.  Bags of beans are so inexpensive and easy to prepare that there is no reason to use canned, but if you must…

Prepare your White Great Northern BeansIMG_4794

1-bag of great northern beans

Follow this recipe the day before you plan to cook your chili.  Make a little extra and have some for dinner!  Top with green chilies or jalapeños.

You’ll need 3-cups of beans for the chili.

Turkey White Chili

If you are using ground turkey, you’ll need 1 teaspoon of avocado oil (just enough to swirl around the pan so the turkey does not stick).  If you’re using fresh turkey, you can skip this step.

IMG_4791Brown 2 pounds of ground turkey in a sauté pan, just until the pink is gone.  Remove to a bowl and set aside. I’ve used one pound of turkey and it’s delicious, so feel free to use less meat.

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 onion, diced

1 sweet potato, diced (in this photo, I used a purple sweet potato)

1 medium carrot, diced

1 teaspoon avocado oil

IMG_4792Sauté the vegetables with avocado oil over medium heat, just until soft.  Return the turkey to the pan with the vegetables and add your seasonings.

3 tablespoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1 tablespoon of fresh chopped garlic

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Saute for about 3 – 5 minutes, until it’s aromatic.  Then add green chills, bay leaf and broth.  Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often.

2 cans of green chills (4 oz each)

3 cups of chicken broth

1 bay leaf

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Meanwhile, mash up about one cup of the cooked beans.  This will be used to give the chili a thickened consistency.IMG_4795

IMG_4796After the first simmer, gently stir in the mashed beans and 2 more cups of beans, whole, drained if there is a lot of liquid.  Simmer for another 30-minutes.

1 cup of coconut milk (can use cow’s milk)

Add coconut milk and simmer for another 5-minutes.

At this time, you can move it to a crock pot to keep warm OR you can serve it.

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White Turkey Chili Recipe

3-cups of white beans (great northern or navy)

1 teaspoon of avocado oil

2 pounds of ground turkey

or 3 cups of leftover turkey meat

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 onion, diced

1 sweet potato, diced (in this photo, I used a purple sweet potato)

1 medium carrot, diced

1 teaspoon avocado oil

3 tablespoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1 tablespoon of fresh chopped garlic

2 cans of green chills (4 oz each)

3 cups of chicken broth

1 bay leaf

1 cup of coconut milk (can use cow’s milk)

Brown ground turkey in a sauté pan with avocado oil, just until the pink is gone.  Remove to a bowl and set aside.

Sauté the vegetables (bell peppers,  onion, potato, carrot) with avocado oil over medium heat, just until soft.

Return the turkey to the pan with the vegetables and add your seasonings (cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic). Saute for 3 – 5 minutes, until it’s aromatic.

Then add green chilies, bay leaf and broth.  Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often.

Meanwhile, mash up about one cup of the cooked beans.  This will be used to give the chili a thickened consistency.

After the first simmer, gently stir in the mashed beans and the rest of beans, whole, drained if there is a lot of liquid.  Simmer for another 30-minutes.

Add coconut milk and simmer for another 5-minutes. At this time, you can move it to a crock pot to keep warm OR you can serve it.

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