Cooler evenings call for spicy dinners to warm us up. I like to add rice to my chili to make it extra hearty. And I often include corn in my white chili because the sweetness of the corn provides a nice contrast to the spicy peppers. Adding rice and corn are fairly inexpensive ways to stretch chili a little farther. This recipe makes enough for two dinners for my family. I freeze the leftovers and then have a ready-made meal on a busy night.
I usually use shredded chicken in white chili, but when I scored a package of extra lean ground turkey for .99 cents, I decided that I needed to change things up a bit.
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White Chili with Ground Turkey
Yield – 8 servings
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 minutes
- 1 1/4 lb. ground turkey
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups cooked beans (How to Cook Dry Beans) or 2 cans beans
- 5 cups chicken broth (How to Make Chicken Broth in a Slow Cooker)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 chili peppers, deseeded and diced
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon marjoram
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- 2 cups cooked rice (How to Bake Brown Rice)
- 1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained
- In a large pot, brown onion and garlic and ground turkey.
- In a small bowl, mix 1 cup of chicken broth and cornstarch with a whisk. Add it along with the rest of the broth to the turkey.
- Stir in all of the other ingredients, except for the corn and rice. Cook over a medium-high flame and bring to a boil.
- Cover; reduce flame to low heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add corn and rice and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.