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White Turkey Chili Recipe

This easy, white turkey chili recipe makes the best, healthy chili using ground turkey and white beans with a kick that’s not too spicy. It’s full of protein and naturally dairy free and gluten free. Top it with avocado and fresh cilantro. Makes 12 servings.

white turkey chili recipe

Why I love this white turkey chili

We did it. We made it through summer! Most of you probably already know that I don’t love the summer heat, but this year wasn’t too bad (that’s to the A/C we finally had installed last summer). In fact, between the traveling we did and the activities Ellie was signed up for, summer seemed to fly by.

This time of year always makes me crave healthy, hearty foods, and this white turkey chili is just that. It’s is especially healthy, thanks to the lean ground turkey, and full of seasoning and flavor – just like my white chicken chili, but it’s made with ground turkey.

More chili recipes: beer chili / cincinnati chili / lentil chili / buffalo chicken chili / one pot chili mac

white turkey chili

Here’s what you’ll need to make this chili recipe

white turkey chili

Ingredient Notes:

  • This recipe calls for almond cooking milk. It’s should be located near the evaporated milk and/or pudding section at your grocery store. If you can’t find it, substitute cashew cream, almond milk or just leave it out.
  • I’ve used lean ground turkey to make this chili, but you could easily substitute ground chicken if you have it and get the same results.
  • You can also swap fresh chopped jalapeño peppers for the diced green chiles if you want your chili to be spicier, or leave them out completely.

How to make white turkey chili

Sauté the vegetables. Heat your Dutch oven or stockpot to medium-high. Add some olive oil and sauté your veggies until they’re translucent.

Add a pinch of salt here, and stir them frequently to prevent them from burning.

Brown the meat. Before adding the meat, stir in the spices and let them coat the veggies. Then add the turkey, and break it up as it cooks, until it’s no longer pink.

Add the liquids. Pour in your chicken broth (you can also use veggie or beef broth), and bring the pot to a boil. Toss in a bay leaf and let the pot simmer for a bit – about 15 minutes.

Thicken the chili. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk and cornstarch until it’s smooth. Pour the mixture into the soup and stir until it’s evenly distributed throughout the chili.

Add the beans and let the chili simmer until it has thickened. Remove the bay leaf and adjust the seasonings with salt & pepper, to taste.

white turkey chili recipe

FAQs and Tips for making the best turkey chili

Can chili be healthy?

Absolutely! This turkey chili recipe is made with lean turkey and beans, which makes it high in protein and low in fat. It’s also naturally dairy free and gluten free (as long as you use GF broth).

Where does white chili come from?

From what I gather, white bean chili is actually a Southern take on French cassoulet and actually originates from Los Angeles.

How long does it take to cook ground turkey?

It depends on how you’re cooking it, but in this recipe, it should take about 5 minutes to thoroughly brown the meat, and another 5 minutes until it comes to a food safe temperature – 165˚F.

What are some good toppings for chili?

Since we can’t use cheese or sour cream to top our chili, I recommend fresh cilantro, avocado, jalapeño peppers and a bit of chopped raw onion. But, you can also use vegan sour cream or cheese shreds (feel free to use traditional versions of these ingredients if you’re not dairy free).

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This recipe would be great with:

white turkey chili topped with avocado, jalapeño and cilantro

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white turkey chili recipe

White Turkey Chili Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


White Turkey Chili | This easy recipe makes the best, healthy chili using ground turkey and white beans with a kick that’s not too spicy. Top it with avocado and fresh cilantro. #dairyfree #comfortfoods


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 23 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup almond cooking milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 15-ounce cans white beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Heat a Dutch oven or stockpot to medium-high. Add olive oil and vegetables and sauté, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add spices and stir until the vegetables have been evenly coated.
  3. Add ground turkey and allow it to cook, breaking up the meat as you go, until no longer pink.
  4. Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add bay leaf and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond cooking milk and cornstarch. Add mixture to chili and stir until distributed.
  6. Add beans and let chili simmer for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove bay leaf before serving.
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: dairy free, healthy, easy, winter, fall, game day

Recipe adapted from Skinny Taste.

Last Updated on March 30, 2022 by Melissa Belanger

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