White Bean Chili With Turkey

Recipe: White Bean Chili With Turkey



  • 1 lb Dried white beans
  • 1 tb Vegetable oil
  • 2 c Chopped onions
  • 2 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 6 Cl Garlic; minced
  • 1 1/2 tb Dried oregano; crushed
  • 1 tb Ground cumin
  • 1 tb Chili powder
  • 7 c Chicken broth
  • 18 oz Fresh or canned tomatillos chopped,
  • about 3 1/2 cups 1 c Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 lb Boneless skinless turkey breast, cut crosswise -in half
  • 1 c Chopped green onions
  • 2 tb Fresh lime juice

Cilantro Cream

  • 2/3 c Plain yogurt
  • 3 tb Chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tb Chopped fresh cilantro


  • Fresh cilantro sprigs
  • 1/2 c Grated cheddar cheese


  1. Cover beans with cold water. Bring to a boil and boil for 1-2 min. Turn off heat and let soak for 1 1/2 hours. Drain beans.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large heavy Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped onion and saute 5 minutes.
  3. And chili powder. Saute for 5 minutes. Add beans, chicken broth, chopped tomatillos and cilantro. It’s important that the chicken broth contain little or no salt.
  4. Salt inhibits the softening of the seed coat of beans. Therefore, if you add salt too early the beans with never soften up.
  5. Add turkey breast and simmer until just cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer turkey to plate. Cover with foil and refrigerate. Simmer chili until beans are tender, about 2 1/2 hours.
  6. Cut turkey into 1/2 inch pieces. Add turkey, green onions and lime juice to chili. Stir. Heat through. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. For cilantro cream: Combine yogurt, parsley, chopped cilantro in a medium bowl. Ladle chili into bowls.
  8. Top with spoonful of cilantro cream. Sprinkle with cilantro sprigs and cheese. Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover chili and cilantro cream separately and refrigerate.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating: 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)