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There is nothing more comforting to me than a big warm bowl of this healthy Turkey And White Bean Chili on a cool day!

bowl of Turkey And White Bean Chili

Turkey And White Bean Chili

Good Morning! I thought we were in the clear and spring was here, but Mother Nature had other plans.  Snow is now falling in Chicago and we are supposed to get between 5-8 inches. No Fun. So this cold, wintry weather calls for a nice big bowl of Turkey And White Bean Chili, right? There is nothing more comforting (at least for me) than a nice bowl of warm chili.  One of my favorite cookbooks is Williams-Sonoma’s Soup of the Day Cookbook: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year that has pages and pages of soups for each season. It is a fun cookbook to browse through, but a little overwhelming since I want to try most  all of the recipes. chili - Turkey And White Bean Chili

Soup is one of my favorite things to make because it is customizable, usually healthy and easy to throw together.  I also love soups and chilis because you can make a huge batch and have it throughout the week for those busy nights, or freeze it to use later. This Turkey and White Bean Chili falls into all of those categories: it is healthy, easy to make and you will have leftovers (unless you are feeding a big family). As with most soups and chilis this is customizable to your tastes.  I could see adding jalapenos for a little extra spice, maybe some black beans or kidney beans. warm bowl of Turkey And White Bean Chili


Turkey and White Bean Chili

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 5-6 1x
  • Category: Soup, Chili


A hearty, healthy chili that mixes ground turkey with white beans and vegetables.



  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 128oz can of diced tomatoes (low sodium if possible)
  • 115oz can of white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • Grated cheddar cheese for garnish
  • Minced red onion for garnish


  1. In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and red pepper and sauté until soft (about 6-7 minutes).
  2. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking up the meat, until browned (8-9 minutes).
  3. Stir in the cumin, chili powder, and cook for two minutes.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes with the juice, using the back of a wooden spoon to break up any big chunks.
  5. Add the white beans, stir, and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the flavors come together and the soup starts to thicken (takes about 45 minutes).
  7. Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve in soup bowls with a chunk of bread or corn bread, cheese and red onion for garnish.

Source: Williams-Sonoma Soup of the Day Cookbook: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year

For those of you affected by the big snow storm stay warm and safe and here’s to hoping Spring is just around the corner! Julia

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Kristin Slocum

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

It's still cold down in STL too, so we made this tonight.....super yummy!! So glad your blog is helping me find healthier recipes!!

A Cedar Spoon

Thursday 7th of March 2013

Oh good! So glad to hear you liked it. It is one of my go-to chili recipes! I am ready for Spring though!

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

Tuesday 5th of March 2013

I love using turkey in chili. I was just saying today how you can get away with putting mostly anything in chili and it still tasting great. In fact, we had chili for dinner tonight! It was such a good day for this!

A Cedar Spoon

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

Thanks Stefanie! After the ridiculous snow yesterday chili was perfect! I agree--chili really is great with anything in it. We do vegetarian chili too which is always a nice change from adding meat in (my husband doesn't think so though!)

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Tuesday 5th of March 2013

What a gorgeous bowl of chili and perfect for a cold night. I've bookmarked it because summer is still here regardless of the date. :)

A Cedar Spoon

Tuesday 5th of March 2013

You are lucky that it is summer there! I am missing warm weather more than you know. Soon I hope...

Kiran @

Tuesday 5th of March 2013

Love this healthier version of chili. I've never tried it before. So tempted to give this a shot :)

A Cedar Spoon

Tuesday 5th of March 2013

I like chili better with turkey and white beans! But that's just me--give it a try! :)