Turkey Chili With White Beans
photo by Marla Swoffer
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 lb ground turkey (I like dark meat)
- 1⁄4 cup chili powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 (28 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 (8 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 2 (15 ounce) cans small white beans, rinsed & drained
- Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat.
- Add onions and sauté until light brown and tender.
- Add oregano and cumin- stir 1 minute.
- Increase heat to medium-high.
- Add turkey and stir until no longer pink, being sure to break up meat while stirring.
- Stir in chili powder, bay leaves, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon.
- Add tomatoes with their juices.
- Mix in stock and tomato sauce.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Stir occasionally.
- Add beans to chili and simmer until flavors blend, about another 10 minutes longer.
- Discard bay leaves.
- Ready to serve.
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Yum! I've made this several times and it's really great. I agree with Picholine that the initial cooking of the meat and spices before adding liquid is key. The cocoa and cinnamon add a fantastic flavor, but my friends can never guess what it is. I also love to make this and take it to work to nuke at the office. Thanks!
Our church just had its annual chili cook-off and I'm so wishing I had made this recipe. It's that good. The chili powder gives it just the right amount of heat and flavor. I think cooking the ground turkey with the spices before adding the liquid is essential. I wouldn't change anything about this recipe except to omit the salt since my tomato products are salted, and to use a variety of beans (I used cannellini and kidney). I was short on time so I only let it simmer/boil for 10 minutes before adding the beans. I was also out of bay leaves, but those shortcuts didn't seem to affect the quality. This is wonderful chili--even my husband, a chili conoisseur, raved. Made it again with black and kidney beans. Even better. Left out the cocoa. Used bay leaves. Used tomato paste with/water instead of sauce.