Turkey Chili with White Beans

Bold and full of flavor, this delicious Turkey Chili with White Beans is sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day.

Turkey Chili with White Beans

We have had so much snow here in Massachusetts, since the initial Snowmaggedon storm a few weeks ago, that I’ve lost count, but it’s well over 6 feet. In fact, last week, the mayor of Boston had to issue a statement warning residents to stop jumping out of their windows into the giant piles of snow below. I can see why it would be tempting, all that white fluffiness, but also very dangerous and a bad idea.

So, since we’re still covered in snow here, I’m still on a comfort food kick. A big bowl of chili, such as this Turkey Chili with White Beans, is the ultimate in comfort food. And since this chili is made with lean turkey, it has the benefit of being a healthy comfort food option.

Even though it’s healthy, this Turkey Chili with White Beans is still super delicious and full of flavor. It contains cocoa powder and cinnamon, along with the more typical spices used in chili, and this combination gives it a wonderful depth.

Turkey Chili with White Beans

I first made this Turkey Chili with White Beans years ago, after coming across the recipe at epicurious.com. The unusual spices intrigued me and after I made it, I was so delighted by the surprising depth of flavor that, combined with the fact that it’s a healthy choice, it’s a chili that I make regularly, even when we’re not covered in snow.

This Turkey Chili with White Beans packs a spicy kick, my husband and I love it this way. However, if you prefer a milder chili, you will want to reduce the amount of chili powder, as I need to do to suit my kids’ tastes.

Turkey Chili with White Beans

This warm and satisfying Turkey Chili with White Beans is the perfect meal for a cold winter’s day, but it is so delicious, flavorful and healthy that it’s wonderful any time of year.

So, tell me, would you ever consider jumping out your window into a giant pile of snow?

Just kidding! Of course you wouldn’t. Instead, tell me — what are your favorite activities to do during the snowy weather? Or better yet, if applicable, make me jealous and tell me about your part of the world, where there is no snow!

Turkey Chili with White Beans

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Turkey Chili with White Beans

Bold and full of flavor, this delicious Turkey Chili with White Beans is sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 ½ lbs lean ground turkey
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 3 15-oz cans white Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • light sour cream for topping (optional)
  • chopped fresh cilantro for topping (optional)
  • chopped red onion for topping (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until light brown and tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add oregano and cumin to pot, stir to combine, about 1 minute.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high. Add turkey and cook, stirring often, until no longer pink, breaking up into small chunks with spoon.
  4. Add in chili powder, bay leaves, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt, stir to combine.
  5. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and beef broth to pot, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add beans to pot and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Discard bay leaves.
  7. Serve chili and top with light sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro and chopped red onion, if desired.


This chili freezes and reheats well.


Adapted from epicurious.com.

Turkey Chili with White Beans- Bold and full of flavor, this delicious chili is sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day.


  1. Sharon says:

    I try billions of different chill recipes and I am going to add this one to the list! Did you know, in Nebraska, these people eat chili with cinnamon rolls?! (I am not a native, I’m from the south where you eat chili and crackers). Pinning and Sharing! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week! Can’t wait to see what you have been working on this week!
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  2. Cydnee@Tampa Cake Girl says:

    I love new chili recipes and this looks delicious! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  3. Brittany says:

    Everyone in Indiana has been complaining about the snow, but we don’t have it near as bad as you!

    This recipe looks delicious & I love that it’s healthy too. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week 🙂
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  4. Cathy Kennedy says:

    Jumping out of a window into the snow sounds like a really stupid idea and it doesn’t surprise me there are plenty of idiots willing to try it. lol Folks in the northeast have gotten hit hard this winter with snow storm after snow storm. Up until a few weeks ago East Tennesseans were enjoying a normal winter and then the snow and ice hit with bitter temps. We haven’t gotten the kind of accumulations that you have, but remember we are a lot farther south than you and if we get anything more than a dusting of powder then everything halts. At least secondary roads do, which means we can’t get out at a bear minimum the day after said storm. The forecast holds promise starting tomorrow. I’m ready for spring to march in, as I know you are, too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I saved it to try sometime.


  5. Susan says:

    It’s snowing right now and you’ve given me the perfect dinner recipe for tonight. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.

  6. lizzy says:

    love the use of turkey for the chili to make it a bit healthier – and the perfect dish for this weather – i will def make this one night this week, thanks!

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