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Alea’s White Chili with Ground Turkey

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.

I make a point of checking the meat mark downs and organic produce markdowns EVERY time I visit a grocery store. I have found that the best time to find good deals is after 6:00 p.m. because the manager marks items down right before his shift ends or first thing in the morning. I never know what I am going to find, but if you want to find great sales you have to look for them.

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) [3] or 2 cans beans
  • 5 cups chicken broth (How to Make Chicken Broth in a Slow Cooker [4])
  • 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 [5])
  • 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.