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Easy White Bean Turkey Chili Verde

  • Author: Lisa
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


This recipe makes it easy to cook up a big delicious pot of turkey chili verde using canned white beans, ground turkey and store-bought salsa verde. The recipe is easy enough for a busy weeknight and it's a big crowd-pleaser. Add grated cheese, sour cream, avocado or chopped cilantro to make it even more tasty and festive.


Units Scale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds ground turkey, (dark or white meat or a combination)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped (2 cups)
  • 3-4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 yellow, red or green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 24 ounces of store-bought salsa verde (see notes)
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles (mild or hot, depending on your taste)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 15-ounce cans of white beans (Great Northern or cannellini), drained

Optional Toppings

  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped red onions or sliced scallions
  • Grated cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • Sour cream or plain yogurt
  • Sliced avocado
  • Lime wedges


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add turkey, season with a pinch or two of salt, and cook, using a heavy wooden spoon to stir and break up any lumps, until turkey loses its pink color, about 5 minutes. Transfer turkey and any juices to a bowl and return pot to heat.
  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat and sauté onion, garlic, bell pepper and jalapeño, stirring often, until tender and starting to brown, 4-5 minutes. Add spices - coriander, cumin, oregano and salt - and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  3. Return turkey to pot and add the bay leaf, salsa verde, canned chiles and broth, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook gently, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Stir in beans and simmer gently for 20 minutes more.
  4. Serve chili in bowls and top with cilantro, onions, cheese, avocado and/or sour cream. Or serve toppings on the side.


What type of salsa verde is best? Look for one that has tomatillos listed as the first or second ingredient. Choose mild, medium or hot depending on your taste.

What to use if you can't find salsa verde: If you have time, you can order salsa verde on Amazon. Alternatively, you can use a 28-ounce can of tomatillos, drained and chopped. Since tomatillos are mild, you may want to add a second chopped jalapeño or an additional can of spicy chopped green chilies.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Chili
  • Method: simmer
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: ground turkey chili with white beans and tomatillos