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White Turkey Chili

  • White Turkey Chili


    • 2 cups dried navy beans, sorted and rinsed
    • 8 cups water
    • 16 - 32 ounces chicken or vegetable broth
    • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 2 4-ounce cans chopped green chilies (do not drain)
    • 4 cups water
    • 1 pound turkey breast tenderloins cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese


    1. Place beans and water in a 4-quart Dutch oven. Soak at least 8 hours but no longer than 10 hours; drain.
    2. Stir in remaining ingredients except turkey and cheese. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 1 hour or until beans are tender.
    3. Stir in turkey. Simmer uncovered about 15 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink in the center.
    4. Sprinkle with cheese.


    8 servings


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