Ground Turkey White Chili

Ground Turkey White Chili

Ground Turkey White Chili is an effortless dinner dish prepared using a slow cooker. It becomes a weekday savior, allowing for minimal prep in the morning and a ready-to-enjoy dinner upon returning home. All it takes is a lime to be cut, an avocado to be sliced, and some cheese to be shredded for the perfect chili topping. This ground turkey recipe serves as an ideal choice for a cozy winter evening.


Here is a tip: A 3 pound package of ground turkey is more economical than buying the 1 pound packages. This recipe calls for 3 pounds, and it fits in a slow cooker! We save the leftovers to eat for lunch during the week! It also freezes well!

Ingredients for Ground Turkey White Chili

Ground turkey provides a lean protein base, offering a lighter alternative to beef while complementing the chili’s flavors.

Cannellini beans contribute creaminess and texture, adding substance and protein to the dish.

Diced chilis bring a mild heat and depth of flavor to enhance the overall taste profile.

White onions offer a sweet and slightly pungent flavor that blends well with other chili ingredients.

Poblano peppers introduce a mild, earthy heat and unique flavor to the chili.

Garlic enhances the savory profile and enriches the dish’s overall flavor.

Bay leaf infuses a subtle herbal note, while cumin provides a warm, earthy flavor characteristic of many chili recipes.

Chili powder combines various spices, adding warmth and depth to the dish.

Granulated garlic reinforces the garlic flavor, while dried oregano contributes a hint of herbal freshness.

Sea salt serves as a seasoning to bring out the flavors of all other ingredients.

Chicken broth forms the savory base that ties the flavors together.

Lime adds a bright and tangy citrus note, balancing the richness of the chili.

Avocado, when served as a topping, offers a creamy, cooling contrast to the spiciness and richness of the chili.

Monterey Jack cheese, a creamy and mild variety, melts well and serves as a delicious topping, adding richness and flavor to the chili.

Together, these ingredients create a flavorful, hearty, and well-balanced ground turkey white chili, combining various textures and complementary flavors to make a satisfying dish.

ground turkey recipe of chili with a spoon

Ground Turkey White Chili

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, Ground turkey, slow cooker, soup
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller



Ingredients for Ground Turkey Chili:

  • 3 lbs. ground turkey
  • 5 15 ounce cannellini beans
  • 2 7 ounce diced chilis
  • 2 onions white, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper diced
  • 6 cloves garlic shredded
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoons sea salt
  • 32 ounces chicken broth

Topping for Ground Turkey Chili:

  • 1 lime
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese shredded


Instructions for Ground Turkey Chili:

  • Cook turkey in a frying pan, crumbling into bite-sized pieces.
    3 lbs. ground turkey
  • While the turkey is cooking, add cannellini beans, canned chilis, onion, poblano, and garlic to a slow cooker.
    5 15 ounce cannellini beans, 2 7 ounce diced chilis, 2 onions, 1 poblano pepper, 6 cloves garlic, 1 bay leaf
  • When the turkey is cooked, add it to the slow cooker and stir in spices, salt, and bay leaf. Add chicken broth. Set cooker to low and cook for 8 hours.
    4 tablespoons ground cumin, 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder, 2 tablespoons granulated garlic, 1 tablespoons dried oregano, 1 tablespoons sea salt, 32 ounces chicken broth
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaf and serve with shredded cheese and diced avocado, and a squirt of lime.
    1 lime, 1 avocado, 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1191mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 622IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 4mg
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How to Store

Storing these is simple:

  • Be sure to allow to completely cool before storing.
  • We do not frost all of the cinnamon rolls, so we store the frosting in a seperate air tight container.
  • Store rolls in an air tight container, or wrapped in foil.
  • Both may be kept for up to one week, in the fridge.


These are great re-heated for a snack later in the week

  • Re-heat in by placing on a plate, and microwaving at half power for 30 seconds.
  • May also place a cinnamon roll on foil and place in 350 F. oven for 15 minutes.
  • If keeping cream cheese frosting seperate, add after cinnamon roll is heated up;


You may want to make variatons with different flavor profiles

  • Ground chicken will work in this white chili
  • Swap a red or green pepper for the poblano for a more mild version
  • Add diced jalapēno for a kick!
Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.

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