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White Bean Turkey Chili

Looking for a hearty but healthy chili for your crew? Well, look no further, Dorothy Muenzer serves this robust meal to her Perry, New York gang and they keep coming back more. Chock-full of ground turkey, white kidney beans and diced tomatoes, it's so full of flavor, your family won't even miss the ground beef!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 65 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained


  • In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, cook the turkey and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add oregano and cumin; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, cocoa, bay leaves, salt and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add beans; heat through. Discard bay leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 276 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 948mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 13g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.

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  • L1559
    Jan 25, 2020

    Pretty good and hearty. I used diced roasted turkey breast. Also used three kinds of canned white beans, cannellini, navy and garbanzo.

  • BlaineL
    Sep 12, 2013

    This will now be our families Staple Chili recipe.

  • leeworkman
    Jan 11, 2010

    We made the following additions to the above ingredients: ½ Large Yellow Pepper, 1 TB Sugar, 1 tsp Red Pepper (Cayenne) see note below, 1 TB Garlic (jarred), 3 TB Chili Powder and 1 (7 oz.) Smoked Turkey Sausage (finely chopped in mini-food processor).We did not put in the Cinnamon. We don't like Cinnamon in our chili. We replaced one can of the white kidney / cannellini beans with a can of dark red kidney beans. NOTE: It was a little too hot for my wife. We will add less red pepper and chili powder in the next making.It was great!!