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Cajun Green Chili

Happy Fat Tuesday! Cajun Green Chili is a perfect recipe to whip up on Fat Tuesday to accompany a good beer and even better company!

Chili - Cajun Green Chili recipe

Cajun Green Chili Recipe

Have you been to Mardi Gras or New Orleans?

I went to New Orleans in college when the Illini played in the Sugar Bowl.  Now remember, I was a sophomore in college, took a bus down with all of my friends to watch the game, and then celebrated New Years Eve.  Needless to say, there was a lot of time spent on Bourbon Street drinking hurricanes.

If I went today we would be talking about a whole different trip. I am sure I would still end up on Bourbon Street at some point, but there would be a lot more time spent listening to live music (I want to go to Jazz Fest so bad) and eating all of that awesome Cajun & Creole Food. I am a big fan of the spice and flavors used in their cooking.

pot full of Cajun Green Chili

Cajun Green Chili is hearty and has wonderful Cajun flavors mixed in. It is a perfect chili to whip up on Fat Tuesday to accompany a good beer and even better company.

chili - delicious Cajun Green Chili

This chili mixes tomatillos, ground turkey, vegetables, a bottle of beer and a little Cajun spice.  Great combo, right?

Cajun Green Chili - spicy turkey chili

Grab a bowl of this Cajun Green Chili, put on your colorful beads and celebrate the Cajun flavor of New Orleans.

Cajun Green Chili

Cajun Green Chili

Yield: 5-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A hearty chili mixing tomatillos, ground turkey, white beans, vegetables & Cajun spice.


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 7 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Herbs de Provence
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 3 tsp. cajun spice
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 16oz can of white beans, canned and drained (great northern is what I use)
  • 6 tomatillos, husked, rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 8oz canned tomatoes (diced or stewed work)
  • 1 4oz can green chilies with juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 of a lime, squeezed into chili for flavor
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped (more for garnish)
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 Mexican style beer (I used Corona)
  • Shredded cheese for garnish


  1. Heat large dutch oven or pot to medium high heat.
  2. Add onion, celery, garlic and olive oil and saute until lightly browned.
  3. Add Herbs de Provence, Cajun spice and cumin with ground turkey and cook, while stirring over high heat and make sure turkey is cooked through (about 10 minutes).
  4. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes to blend flavors.
  5. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed and additional spice as need.
  6. Serve in a big bowl topped with shredded cheese, cilantro and green onion (optional).


If you would rather use a full green or a full red pepper you can instead of the 1/2 of each.

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Kristin Slocum

Tuesday 12th of February 2013

That was one of the funnest trips I've ever been on!! Such good memories, even if the ILLINI lost.

I'll have to try this soup for my husband.....his family is from New Orleans, so he should enjoy!

A Cedar Spoon

Tuesday 12th of February 2013

You should make it for him--he will like it! Mike really enjoyed it.

As far as that trip--the stories are endless and just not appropriate for this food blog! :) hehe.

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

Tuesday 12th of February 2013

I think ymhusband would crack up if he saw me eating chili with colorful beads on when he came home from work, maybe I will have to do this! We love spice and chili in this house so I am pinning this and I know I am going to make it as soon as I buy some tomatillos!

A Cedar Spoon

Tuesday 12th of February 2013 husband as well. I actually have some beads somewhere in my basement from college so I am all set! :)

Do you ever go to Tony's that is in Niles? It has lots of great produce, and I am sure tomatillos! Here is their site:

Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

Tuesday 12th of February 2013

I want this right now!!!!!

A Cedar Spoon

Tuesday 12th of February 2013

Thanks, Liz! I wish I had a bowl too! I made this Super Bowl weekend so of course it is all gone (went pretty fast!).

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