Leftover Turkey and White Bean Chili

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Rated 5.0 based on 5 customer reviews


  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, or more to taste
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans diced green chiles
  • 2½ tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pound leftover turkey, shredded
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 avocados, thinly sliced for garnish
  • 1½ cups shredded white Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups lightly crushed blue corn chips


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté onion in how oil until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes; add garlic and cook until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  2. Stir green chiles, cumin, salt, and pepper with the onion mixture; cook until cumin is fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Pour chicken stock into the pot; add cannellini beans. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook until reduced by about one-third, about 25 minutes.
  4. Stir leftover turkey into the mixture and cook until the chili thickens, about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove pot from heat. Stir lime juice and cilantro through the chili.
  6. Ladle chili into bowls; top with avocado, Cheddar cheese, and corn chips to serve.
Mealthy tip:

Grapeseed oil is a great choice to keep on hand in your pantry. It has a high smoke point which makes it fantastic for sauteing over high heat.

Have left over vegetables? Use them us with our easy recipe for Cream of Extra Vegetable Soup!


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Sam Dalton says:

This was a delicious turkey and white bean chili! It was very flavorful thanks to the chilies, onion, and garlic. It also has that authentic chili taste from the cumin spice. This is the perfect post-Thanksgiving recipe!

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Laura Griffin says:

This turkey and white bean chili is amazing. I had leftover Cajun turkey meat, so that added an extra kick to this dish. I smothered mine in extra cheese, so good! The chiles also give this dish amazing flavor. It's a new fave!

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Greg Jones says:

This is a five star chili! Reminds me of a dish I would order at my favorite restaurant, but with turkey. Perfect for the day after Thanksgiving.

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Alexis Pearson says:

I topped my chili with cilantro, cheese, chips, and sour cream. Delicious! I don't think I had a whole pound of turkey meat leftover, but I made it work. So glad it didn't have to go to waste.

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Melissa Hunter says:

I really wanted to make this turkey and white bean chili, but don't have any left over chicken. Instead, I used ground turkey. It was really delicious, glad I tried it!