Turkey and White Bean Chili


  • 4 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 lb dried white navy beans
  • 1 whole head of garlic, minced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, chopped, with seeds if you like spicy
  • 3 tbs canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken or turkey stock
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tbs oregano
  • cayenne pepper, optional
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 small can of chipolte peppers with adobo sauce, chopped
  • 4 tbs of chili powder, more if desired
  • 1/2 pound of dried great northern beans
This is super healthy chili with ground turkey, hot chipolte peppers, bell peppers,chili powder, oregano, cumin. This chili is prepared a day ahead because it uses dried beans, which are healthier and absorb flavors better than canned.
  • Soak the beans overnight covered in water.
  • In a large saucepan or stock pot, add the oil and using medium heat, add the onions and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the bell and jalapeno peppers and cook, stirring for another  3-5 minutes.
  • Add the ground turkey and cook until browned, stirring frequently for another 6  minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce, stock, chopped chipolte peppers, chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to combine well.
  • Add the beans.
  • Allow to simmer for 2 hours minutes, then taste for seasoning.
  • Adjust seasoning if desired.
  • Add cilantro and stir
  • Add cayenne pepper if desired.
  • Serve with cornbread if desired.

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