Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | October 19, 2010

White Chili

This is a great recipe for chilly fall evenings. Hey, writers need sustenance as much as inspiration.

Ingredient list – adjust quantities to taste and the number of people

• Dried white beans – 1 cup
• Chicken broth (not bullion) – 32 oz. (more, to add later)
• Chopped onion – at least one large yellow or white onion, maybe more
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
• ¼ tsp salt (adjust to taste)
• 1 pound ground turkey
• 1, 4oz. can chopped green chilies
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
• ¾ cup shredded cheese ( cheddar, Monterey Jack, etc)
• Chopped scallions


• Soak beans overnight (you know the process) drain.
• Add broth and next three ingredients.
• Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer – two hours minimum.
• Meanwhile: cook ground turkey till browned, ( I add some Cajun seasoning while cooking).
• When beans are soft, add turkey, chilies, cumin and cayenne pepper (I also throw in a bit of cilantro).
• Cover and cook for 30-45 minutes. Check seasoning ( I’m inclined to add a bit of jalapeno sauce here).
• Serve in warmed bowls, topped with cheese and chopped scallions.



  1. We’ll have to get the ingredients and make us up some of this. Sounds good!

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