White Bean and Turkey Chili

  • carolfitz Posted: 06/07/10
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    Very good chili. Bought a fresh half-turkey breast, diced and short pre-simmer in the broth. Otherwise made to recipe the day before. Added a bit more broth when re-heating. Served with fix-your-own toppings (onion, tomato, cilantro, shredded cheese, peppers, lime), but thought it was pretty good without any extras.

  • nyfoodie Posted: 02/06/11
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    This is a very tasty, and very quick, chili. Start to finish in ~45 minutes, with enough time built in that the only clean-up at the end is the dutch oven. Used pkg of ground turkey and sauteed with onions; used 2 plum tomatoes and will likely increase that the next time - they add nice color and flavor. I am super sensitive to salt and tend to omit it w/CL recipes but I definitely added it in. Perhaps not necessary w/full sodium broth, though.

  • pmarie Posted: 12/11/10
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    I give this recipe 5 stars, with a few comments. I combined 2 or 3 elements from different Cooking Light white turkey recipes. First of all, the onions need just a bit more cooking time at the start to really soften. I used a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes instead of the plum tomato, and added a small can of shoepeg corn. I also added extra fresh lime juice and cilantro at the end, as they really add a fresh and vibrant note to the other flavors. Topped it all with a little grated cheddar.

  • Melmay Posted: 02/01/10
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    This was a great recipe! It turned out way better than I expected. As some others noted, the fresh lime juice really makes this recipe and gives it some depth. I ended up using ground turkey and just sauteed it with the onion, garlic and seasonings. In result, I didn't puree the beans so it was more soupy than it probably should have been. Next time, I'll puree some of the beans with some broth before I add to the pot. I served it with a sprinkle of shredded white cheddar cheese... DELISH!! :)

  • ErinGray Posted: 10/02/10
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    Awesome recipe - I used one lb of ground turkey and 2 chorizo sausages - came out delicious.

  • MegLee Posted: 05/30/09
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    Convenient, easy and full of flavor! I also added a can of black beans too - just for an extra protein source. I can't wait to make this again! (freezes well, too).

  • scargosun Posted: 09/17/09
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    This was wonderful! I made it quickly with a roasted turkey breast from the g-store. Made with no changes but might sub Chipoltle chili powder for part of the chili powder called for to give it a little something extra. Seemed like it would benefit from something to give it a tiny bit of depth. Freezes REALLY well.

  • TXMimi Posted: 02/09/09
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    Simple and delicious. Great alternative to the traditional chili. My husband loved it.

  • maggiesieleman Posted: 01/03/09
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    Very thick and hearty, particularly with the pureeing of the beans. 2 additions: 1/2 tablespoon of mustard and 1 teaspoon of honey a la Bobby Flay. Fiance agreed this really rounded out the "heat" of the chile pepper and cumin. We ate ours with crumbled blue tortilla chips. Will definitely make again!

  • flowerpot916 Posted: 11/29/10
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    Outstanding chili! This recipe was just the ticket for using the leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Especially perfect for this cold Minnesota evening. Try also CL's White Chicken Chili, similar to this recipe, and just as delicious!

  • LynnieM Posted: 02/23/11
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    Delicious. Substituted chicken for the turkey. Easy to make!

  • gmennairb Posted: 12/31/08
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    Recipe was a hit at our Christmas party. We modified the recipe to add more heat. We used 2 jalapenos and extra (hot) green chilies and about 1 tbsp of hot sauce. It was great. This recipe works well with chopped turkey and diced turkey. In either case we cooked the turkey using a package of hot taco seasoning before putting the meat in the chili.

  • Blooms Posted: 01/08/09
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    Awesome recipe! I changed a few things. I did NOT puree some of the bean mixture. I replaced the fresh tomatoes with a can of diced tomatoes. I let it simmer on low on the stove for 1-1/2 hours. Delicious! This recipe has just replaced my old turkey soup recipe - which my family loved - they like this one the best!! Healthy and hearty!

  • thumbel545 Posted: 01/07/09
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    Great recipe! This has replaced my usual red chili! During the colder months I make it every few weeks. I've made a few changes- use a rotesserie chicken instead of turkey, omit the salt (I thought it was too salty with it). Very easy and my husband LOVES it!

  • kthahn221 Posted: 01/22/11
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    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I only did half the recipe for two of us and wish I had made the full amount so we had more left over! We used shredded chicken instead of turkey.

  • CookinTN Posted: 02/04/09
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    Simple recipe that you can just throw in the crock pot on low all day. I do make the suggested substitutions and use a 1/2 can of diced tomatoes (without the juices) and then serve it with a little white cheese and tortilla chips! Even my picky husband said it was a keeper!

  • STLGirl Posted: 02/25/10
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    I LOVE this recipe. I made a few modifications: instead of chopping up a tomato, I added a can of rotel. This added some spice and gave it a good flavor. I also added frozen corn to this toward the end of cooking. I love the sweetness that it added. GREAT comfort food recipe without any guilt.

  • Kahlstorf4 Posted: 01/26/11
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    This recipe was the first turkey chili that actually had great flavor. Usually they taste so bland. I substituted 2 lbs ground turkey in place of the turkey breast. You will not be disappointed with this recipe!

  • Mary56 Posted: 11/15/09
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    This chili recipe is very good and it has great flavors. I used only one teaspoon each of chili powder and cumin and in place of the tomatoes, I used a half cup of mild salsa. Instead of turkey, I substituted grilled chicken breast purchased at the deli of my grocery store. Also, I topped it with some grated colby/jack cheese. This recipe is quick and easy to make. It is a great alternative to my regular chili that I usually make. I will make it again!

  • StaceyS4 Posted: 10/31/09
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    Wonderful!! I used diced chicken & kidney beans (b/c that's what I had), & a can of diced tomatoes instead of the fresh. Used heaping measurements of the spices b/c we like them & probably a little more of the fresh lime juice (the lime juice is essential!) Wonderful change from ordinary chili! Will definitely make this again.

  • TennD13 Posted: 12/27/10
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    Very good. I added a poblano for color and otherwise followed the recipe faithfully. Delicious.

  • libraemily Posted: 12/15/10
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    Wow this chili is phenomenal. It doesn't necessarily look like it has a lot of flavor. But trust me, it's amazing. I've made it with both turkey and chicken and it's great either way.

  • tatiper Posted: 11/06/09
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    Delicious!!! Followed the recipe exactly as it is and it turned out amazing. Better yet, my husband was able to cook it by himself... What else could I ask for?

  • NancyIV Posted: 01/25/10
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    The chili was really good! My husband said it could use a bit more of a kick, but I thought it was nice.(that's why it's not a 5) I used boneless chicken breast,cut into small pieces. I cooked the chicken with taco seasoning 1st. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly. I served it with tortilla chips and topped it with colby cheese. I will definately make it again. Its great for everyday, its simple and quick.

  • cindyreeh Posted: 10/28/09
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    This recipe is awesome. I've made it twice in the last two weeks and it has quickly become one of my very favorites. My husband, parents, and sister-in-law agree that it's awesome. I even shared some with my bathroom contractor and he loved it, too! I modified it a little bit--I used cayenne pepper instead of chili pepper, and I threw in a green pepper and a can of corn. I also added 3/4 cup water because I thought it was a bit spicy and thick. It ended up being more like a hearty soup/stew than chili. I also made it earlier in the day and let it simmer for about 3 hours. I think it's best served with a dollop of sour cream and shredded parmesan cheese. Absolutely fantastic, especially on a cold rainy or wintery day.

  • KeepDriving Posted: 02/15/10
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    The freshness of the lime, cilantro, and the plum tomato really finish this dish off nicely! I only varied the recipe slightly by browning some ground turkey separately and simmering everything in a slow cooker for a few hours. I wasn't sure if my wife was going to like the beans, so I skipped the puree step and just thickened it up shortly before serving with a little fat-free roux. It was not "soupy" at all. I also kicked it up a bit with a wave of liquid smoke, a few dashes of cayenne, and several varieties of hot sauce. This was a nice change from my traditional tomato sauce based chili recipe. In fact, it was an instant hit with my wife and she is already asking me when I will make it again!

  • Bockey1 Posted: 12/14/10
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    This is so delicious! It also freezes well and is wonderful to pull out of the freezer on a cold winter's night when you don't feel like cooking!

  • Faithbomb Posted: 01/10/10
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    I have made a few white chili recipes and this is the best one yet! I didnt add the lime juice or cilantro and omitted the tomato for a can of green chilis. I also added a touch of nutmeg and 3 tbls of brown suger for that "mmm what is in here?" taste. Amazing. And a big, beautiful pot of deliciousness for less than $12!

  • JIMMIC Posted: 12/14/10
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    We made this with a rotisserie chicken instead of the turkey. We really enjoyed it. Served with corn muffins, our standard chili side.

  • RobinKnutson923 Posted: 03/06/10
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    Amazing! Very easy and the cilantro flavor is delectable. The leftovers just got better and better each day. Some fat free sour cream and fat free shredded cheese on top was just what it needed.

  • kip101 Posted: 03/31/10
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    I doubled the recipe and made this for a game night and everyone loved it. Several people went back for 4 and 5 servings. I used ground turkey and substituted 1 can of northern beans with black beans. I also seasoned it with salt and pepper after adding the broth and bringing it to a simmer, instead of waiting until the end. Will definitely make again!

  • Sisterchic Posted: 03/07/10
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    I roasted a turkey last night just so I could make this recipe today and was not dissappointed. The chili is delicious and the recipe now among my new favorites.

  • Monique2010 Posted: 11/08/10
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    I loved this recipe. I wouldn't change a thing. I make this dish at least once a month. Prefer it over the old way I cooked chili

  • KristineA Posted: 09/08/10
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    Really good and really easy. I used ground turkey. I sauted the onions then put them in a crock pot. Browned the turkey and added it to the crock pot then added all the rest of the ingredients. It cooked for about 5 hours- I took the lid off for the last 45 minutes or so instead of blending the beans (too lazy!). Oh, and Northern Beans are hard to find in Southern California (OK- I only tried Trader Joes and Smart and Final), so I used kidney and black beans. I will make this one again.

  • TheAspiringChef Posted: 02/28/11
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    I followed the lead of some of my fellow reviewers and substitued rotisserie chicken for cooked turkey - worked like a charm. Very simple to make, lots of flavor, and great for large groups. My guests asked to take some home with them, but I was able to save a bowl for myself to enjoy tonight :) I read that this freezes really well too so I can't wait to make another batch!

  • ambermorg Posted: 12/20/10
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    This is DELICIOUS!! The ONLY variation I made was to use chicken instead of turkey, as that is what I had on-hand. SOOOOO yummy. Everyone in my house, including ALL of my kids LOVED it and gobbled it all up! It's pretty hard to make all 5 of them happy at the same time, but this was a big hit! Of course the hubby and I loved it as well. Next time I will double the recipe.

  • hale0393 Posted: 03/02/11
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    I love this recipe! I made it in the crock pot and it turned out amazing. I added some corn starch to make it thicker. The only thing I will change next time is add some green chilies for a kick.

  • Crystalcan2 Posted: 09/27/11
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    Great recipe! Used ground turkey and half water, half low sodium chicken broth. Served with cornbread. My picky boyfriend came back for seconds - will make again.

  • gemdomer Posted: 04/22/12
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    Great flavor and nice color too - the red tomato, green cilantro and the cream color of the soup were a nice contrast. It ended up looking much more appealing than the photo at the top of this recipe. I added some diced avocado for serving. Will definitely make again!

  • bea711 Posted: 01/25/13
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    Delicious. I ended up not having lime juice or cilantro and it still tasted great. Will definitely make again, this time with all of the ingredients.

  • VirgoQT Posted: 09/23/12
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    So delicious! I too used ground turkey and diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano. I will definitely be making this again, it was a hit.

  • Artist410 Posted: 03/09/12
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    This is a great recipie for left over Thanksgiving turkey!!

  • ADHurst Posted: 01/04/13
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    Very yummy! Just pre-prep the meat/bean mixture the night before, along with the tomato/lime/cilantro mixture (set in a separate storage bowl from the meat/bean mixture). Than next day set the meat/bean mixture in a medium pot, or crock pot, slowly simmer throughout most of the day. Set aside the meat/bean mixture, from the heat (like in directions), and then add the tomato mixture to the meat/bean mixture. Slowly doing it this way allows for the spices/flavors to all come together in a very mouthwatering dish! For any chili recipe is always better slowly cooked.

  • dietitian4life Posted: 10/04/12
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    Super easy to make. great taste & spices, but if you're a garlic lover, DO add more! :)

  • MissDawnx Posted: 11/08/12
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    Just made this for the first time tonight with ground turkey and it was absolutely delicious! All it needed was a side of corn bread. My family of four loved it. There was enough for all of us to have 2 bowls each. I will definitely make this again!!

  • BamaInSnow Posted: 02/05/13
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    This was good, but I changed it based on the other reviewer's ideas. We added another tomato, used ground turkey and slow cooked it. I'll make it again and add more lime juice and cilantro.

  • gchang55 Posted: 11/09/12
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    so good! wouldn't change a thing!

  • steponme Posted: 01/27/13
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    Another good chili recipe. I roasted a 2 1/2 pound half turkey breast for about an hour and a half, because it was less expensive than buying it cooked in the deli; followed recipe after that.

  • tinaliz Posted: 12/28/12
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    So good! Make it vegan by using vegetable broth and soy curls (to replace the turkey).

  • veryslowcook Posted: 01/18/14
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    Really nice chili. I used 1.2 lb ground turkey and added extra spices and tomato. I puréed beans with some of the broth in the food processor while browning the meat and sautéing the veggies.

  • dcous52 Posted: 08/10/14
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    I used ground turkey and added some crushed red pepper flakes because we like things on the spicy side. Not great but easy and healthy

  • Donnak88 Posted: 08/20/14
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    Beans are naturally bland, so ADD SALT...lots of salt, (not 1/2 teaspoon) and taste through out the cooking process. Also sour cream really helped.

  • smilkyour Posted: 03/25/14
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    This was awesome. I used my immersion blender and blended the beans up to the consistency I like for chili. I also used a can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh. My kids even had seconds...including my picky 4 year old. Of course we put cheese on top for the kids. My hubby and I did no cheese, but added the extra lime wedges and a dollop of plain fat free Greek yogurt. The lime made it really yummy. I used up leftover turkey that I had roasted, which was too dry without the fattening gravy to moisten it!

  • Jennifer312 Posted: 11/10/13
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    I don't usually do leftovers however I ate this soup 3 days in a row! So so good! It definitely needs a little heat though. I plan to add some cayenne to the dry spices next time. I used ground turkey because I like the texture better for chili rather than a cubed cooked turkey. I served with a dollop of light sour cream and baked scoop tortilla chips. Great recipe!

  • Moosie523 Posted: 01/03/14
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    Great chili recipe! My three boys and husband all loved it. I used ground turkey (sauteed and added after the pureed beans) and added a can of corn and can of diced tomatoes seasoned for chili. I served it with corn bread, and cheese for sprinkling on top. I agree with other reviewers that the lime juice and fresh cilantro make all the difference - they freshen up the flavors nicely.

  • dontwantone Posted: 03/20/14
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    Bland and thin. If you'd called this a white bean and turkey soup, maybe I wouldn't have been so disappointed, but a "chili" should be thick, hearty, and full of flavor and spice (not necessarily heat, though I like some heat, but complex spicing.) After adding a bit of cornmeal to thicken it and a lot of extra spicing, it's a nice soup. But it's still not a chili. Won't be making this one again.

  • TTontiCranberry Posted: 10/14/13
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    This is a great twist on traditional chili. I use a 28 oz. can of San Marzano whole tomatoes, ground turkey, and add a little hot chili powder to taste because the original recipe is a little bland to me. When serving, I set out sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and fresh chopped cilantro. Makes for a beautiful bowl of chili!

  • Kdoggett Posted: 02/06/14
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    Delicious! I browned ground turkey along with the onion and a poblano pepper, added more cumin and chile powder than called for, and used rotel instead of chopped tomato. I didn't bother to blend the beans and broth, but I did cook it for about an hour. The consistency was perfect. Lime juice is an absolute must!

  • mja489 Posted: 03/02/14
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    we thought this was just OK I picked it to use left over turkey because my daughter doesn't like spicy food. She liked it OK, but we thought is lacked flavor. I did add a can of tomatoes as suggested by some, and that helped some. Maybe some canned jalapenos or fresh jalapenos would help. I probably won't make again.

  • Jazzy1 Posted: 11/12/13
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    I followed the recipe exactly and found the chili to be okay. I should have read comments before making. I made some adjustments the next day, which kicked up the flavor. Added more spice, tomatoes and broth. Mine came out very thick, because I used dried beans.

  • Emilya99 Posted: 01/28/14
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    This is an absolute family favorite! I make double batches because my husband can easily go through half a pot. I use ground turkey and add a bit of hot Italian ground sausage and it gives it an additional layer of flavor, but not too spicy that my 4 yr can't enjoy. Love it!

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