Turkey and White Bean Chili

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This Turkey and White Bean Chili is hearty, healthy, simple to make and packed with flavor!!

Turkey and White Bean Chili

Here is one of those simple weeknight dinners to make that the entire family will devour and everyone will leave the table satisfied. It’s so cozy and so easy to make. While it does need some time to simmer, the recipe is mostly hands-off and all made in one pot. 

Ground turkey is definitely the star in this recipe, which is such a great, lean, high-protein staple that I love to incorporate in meals throughout the week. I also love to incorporate boneless turkey breast when possible as it is one of the leanest meats available with one of the highest amounts of protein (a 4-ounce serving contains 26 grams of protein, about 1 gram of fat and 0 grams of saturated fat!) — 12 percent MORE protein than the same serving size of boneless skinless chicken breast! When choosing turkey, I love Honeysuckle White® Lean Ground Turkey because of the high-quality product that they produce, raised without growth-promoting antibiotics by independent family farmers.

Turkey and White Bean Chili

Without compromising quality and taste, turkey is such a versatile protein and Honeysuckle White® has a wide variety of products — ground turkey, meatballs, patties and breasts — to make your weekly meal planning easier and more exciting! 

If you are like me and are looking to incorporate more turkey into your 2021 diet, definitely kick it off with this easy White Bean and Turkey Chili! It’s so perfect to make on Sunday and enjoy the leftovers throughout the week for lunch because the flavor just keeps getting better with time! Enjoy!

Turkey and White Bean Chili

Turkey and White Bean Chili
Serves: 6 People
5 from 11 votes
Total Time45 mins


  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 pounds Honeysuckle White Lean Ground Turkey
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 [4-ounce] cans mild diced green chiles undrained
  • 2 [15-ounce] cans cannellini or great northern beans undrained
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves

Optional Toppings:

  • Shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Pico de gallo
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Sour cream
  • Lime wedges


  • Heat the oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground turkey, salt, and pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with the edge of a spoon into smaller pieces and the turkey is cooked through, or no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cumin, coriander, chili powder, oregano, cayenne tossing until the spices are well combined with the meat. Cook, toasting the spices, for about 2 more minutes.
  • Add the green chiles, beans, broth and bay leaves and bring the pot to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, lightly simmering, uncovered, and stirring occasionally to allow the flavors to meld and the chili to thicken, about 25 minutes.
  • Ladle the chili into bowls and top with desired toppings! Enjoy!


  • Reply
    February 20, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I can’t wait to make this! Is there anything I could substitute for the coriander? Seems to be the one spice I don’t have in my pantry 😆

    • Reply
      February 21, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      You can omit and sub in an extra dash of cumin

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    Lindsey S
    February 15, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    5 stars
    WOW. I first tried this chili on Super Bowl Sunday and couldn’t get over how delicious it was. I mashed one of the cans of beans to make it a little thicker, and loved how that turned out. I’m making my third batch now and love eating it for lunch or dinner on chilly days!

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    Rachel Mahan
    February 10, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    5 stars
    WOW! My first defined dish recipe and I’m hooked! I can’t believe how delicious this chili is – thanks for such a great recipel. Looking forward to trying others!

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    February 9, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    5 stars
    So good! Used hot green chiles instead of mild, and a squeeze of lime at the end really made the dish.

  • Reply
    February 9, 2021 at 1:33 am

    I was also inspired by your Instagram post . Made this for dinner tonight and it was a huge success. So simple and so delicious! Thanks for all your great recipes.

    • Reply
      February 9, 2021 at 1:35 am

      5 stars
      Forgot to give this a star rating. Five stars, of course!

  • Reply
    February 9, 2021 at 12:47 am

    5 stars
    Delicious!! It almost seems creamy without any cream. I get worried that ground Turkey will end up dry but this was perfect. Thanks for another delicious, healthy and relatively simple meal!

  • Reply
    February 7, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    5 stars
    My favorite chili I’ve ever had! And such a simple recipe. Was hoping for leftovers but the pot was licked clean!

  • Reply
    February 7, 2021 at 2:39 am

    5 stars
    I’m not a big fan of traditional chili but my husband is. I decided to compromise and make this for both of us. So glad I did. It’s delicious! I only had hot green chilis, so I halved the portion and used mild green enchilada sauce for the other half. Worked like a charm and now my kids can eat it. Lol. I also shredded a zucchini for a little bump of veggie. Topped with cilantro, avocado, and lime. This is a winner! Thanks, Alex!

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    February 7, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Delicious- and I usually don’t like ground turkey ! Do you post the nutritional info? We are on weight watchers and I would like to enter into their app.

    • Reply
      February 7, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! I do not calculate the nutrition on any of my recipes but someone else may have. You can often search on My Fitness Pal as well.

  • Reply
    February 5, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    5 stars
    This is so very good. Simple, few ingredients but lots of GREAT flavor!

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    February 5, 2021 at 5:18 am

    5 stars
    Holy moly, love ittt.
    I took the liberty of switching out the ground Turkey for ground Lamb & that was awesome! Also, used Whole Fat Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream because I’m not a fan of Sour Cream and I thought Yogurt went well with the Lamb. & without cilantro on hand, I used parsley! (Still felt like the same recipe to me!)
    Stoked on this super easy pantry/fridge foraging recipe! I had all ingredients on hand! As always, you killed it Alex!

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    February 5, 2021 at 1:28 am

    5 stars
    As soon as I saw this posted on your Instagram, I KNEW I needed to make it ASAP! Just had it for dinner, PHENOMENAL! So flavorful and filling! I loved your suggestion of adding jalapeno/cilantro! Chef’s kiss perfection! Thanks Alex!

    • Reply
      February 5, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you, Brooke!

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    Linda Letlow
    February 5, 2021 at 12:20 am

    This was DELICIOUS! My whole family loved it. This recipe is a keeper!

  • Reply
    February 4, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    5 stars
    OMG! I’m not a big soup/chili person and let me tell you.. Alex knocked it out of the park! I mean all of her recipes are incredible… so I knew this one would be worth it! It’s the most delicious chili I’ve ever had! I love that not only is it delicious, it’s healthy and has clean ingredients which is most important. Do yourself a favor and RUN to the store to get what you need to whip this up! 🤍 Thank you Alex for sharing another incredible recipe!

    • Reply
      February 4, 2021 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you so much for the love, Randi! Glad it was a hit xoxo

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