Recipe of the Month – White Lightning Chili

img_4885As the weather turns a little cooler (or at least I hope it does soon), I thought it would be good to serve up a warm bowl of chili. This is a nice version with ground turkey and Great Northern Beans from Rachel Ray’s 30-Minute Meals. It is a pleasant change from the typical red chili often served.


1 T. extra-virgin olive oil

2 lbs ground turkey breast

1 yellow-skinned Spanish onion, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 T. ground cumin

a couple shakes of cayenne pepper sauce (Tabasco, Red Hot, etc)

A palmful chopped fresh cilantro

2 cans (14 oz each) non-fat low-sodium chicken broth

1 can (15 oz) Great Northern beans, drained

Coarse salt to taste

Crushed tortilla chips for topping


Heat oil in deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey and cook for a couple of minutes, keeping the ground meat moving. Add onion, minced jalapeno, garlic, seasons and cilantro. Reduce heat to medium and cook together for 5 minutes to soften and sweeten onion. Add broth and beans. Add salt to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until you’re ready to serve.

Top bowls with crushed tortilla chips. Or top with cheese and chopped green onion.

Feeds up to 6.

Looking for other meals to warm you up, try Posole or Zuppa Toscana soup.

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