If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for ways to lighten up your family recipes. One easy way to do that is to cut back on red meat like beef and pile on healthy, lean protein sources like turkey. While it’s not going to fool anyone that it’s beef, turkey has its own mild flavor that pairs well with bold flavors, like in chili, without overwhelming them. Because turkey can have a tendency to dry out, it’s a perfect substitute in soups, stews and chili.
Besides the chili, our secret healthy weapon in this white bean chili is V-8 juice. With eight different fruits and vegetables, it not only brings more nutrition to the party with vitamins and minerals from all those sources, it also adds a rich depth of flavor that tomato juice alone can’t reach. It’s a sneaky, smart and delicious way to bump the nutritional quotient of any chili. Additional tomato sauce makes this chili thick and filling.
Remember, you should always feel free to customize your chili until it’s perfect for you. Add Tabasco sauce or throw in a diced jalapeno for more heat, or top with low-fat Greek yogurt or low-fat cheese for a creamier texture. Use this white bean turkey chili recipe as a base and run with it!
Randall’s White Bean and Turkey Chili
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped green pepper
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 2 cups V-8 juice
- 2 8-oz. cans tomato sauce
- 2 10-oz. cans de-fatted condensed chicken broth
- 4 1/2 cups of Randall Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven. Add onion, green pepper, chili powder, oregano and cayenne pepper. Cover, cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in turkey and cook over medium heat until cooked through. Add V-8 juice, tomato sauce and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Blend in Randall Beans and cook 10-15 minutes longer.
You can make this delicious dish with either our traditional Randall Great Northern Beans or Our Randall Organic Great Northern Beans.