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Smokey White Bean Turkey Chili

15 Nov

Yep. I’ve already done the turkey thing this month and moved on to leftovers. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, so who cares?

Next week you’ll be desperate to find a use for that 15 lbs of dry, bland white meat nobody touched.

Never fear. This chili is the answer to your problems. SO GOOD, in fact, your leftovers will be gone in record time. It’s smokey. And creamy. And ridiculously healthy, hearty, and filling. I want another bowl just thinking about it.

Smokey White Bean Turkey Chili

(Adapted from the Tasty Kitchen). Serves 6-8.

4 slices bacon, diced

About 6 cups shredded (or ground) skinless turkey breast (white meat! Healthy!)

1 large sweet onion, diced

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp chipotle chile powder

4 cups chicken stock

1 (14 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

4 (14.5 oz) cans cannelini beans (drain 3 cans, reserve the 4th to use as a thickener.)

2 (4 oz) cans diced mild green chiles, drained

Cotija cheese and fresh cilantro for garnish.

In a large pot, slightly brown the bacon. Add onions and garlic, reduce heat to medium and saute until caramelized. Add chicken and all seasonings. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Add stock, tomatoes, green chiles, and the 3 cans of beans.

Put the last can of beans, liquid and all, into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Add to pot.


Under medium-low heat, bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered for 15-20 minutes.

Serve with cojita cheese (salty, savory heaven) and a sprinkling of cilantro.

For those cooking for only 1 or 2: this freezes and reheats beautifully.

Mildy spiced. Warming. Comforting. Nutritious. Flavored with bacon.

And perfect for those days following Thanksgiving where you swear you’re going to get back on track . . . just in time for Christmas goodies.

*Trainer’s note: bust out a few squats, pushups, and/or burpees during simmer-time. Cool-down and stretch a little while you’re waiting for the chili to cool a bit. You won’t be (as) sore and you won’t burn your mouth. Win-win situation right there. You’re welcome.