If you’re ready for some seriously cozy vibes, this healthy white turkey chili is for you! Packed with ground turkey, fresh veggies, cannellini beans, and a medley of warm spices in a cheesy, creamy broth, this one-pot wonder is a comforting bowl of goodness that’s perfect for chilly fall and winter days. The best part? It’s easy to whip up on the stove, making it a go-to recipe for a hearty and delicious meal. 

A bowl of healthy white turkey chili with scallions, jalapeño, avocado, and sour cream.

Healthy White Turkey Chili Recipe

Are you a fan of chili? Here in Minnesota, it’s a staple when the weather turns colder, and everyone has their own twist! 

For example, we have several different recipes including our Middle Eastern beef chili, slow cooker chili, and slow cooker white chicken chili! However, this healthy white turkey chili recipe is one of our faves when we want something a little on the lighter side yet still warm, cozy, and filling. 

Made with a variety of ingredients for lots of flavor and textures and a creamy, cheesy broth, this white turkey chili is: 

  • Made with minimal prep time and a cook time of around 20 minutes
  • Full of protein
  • Loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and fiber
  • Gluten-free
  • Great to make ahead of time

A fun twist on traditional white chicken chili, we know you’re going to be obsessed! 

What Is Red vs White Chili? 

Red and white chili are two different variations of chili, typically made with beans, meat, and spices. While they’re both called chili and feature similar ingredients, there are distinct differences between the two. 

Red Chili

Red Chili is the more widely recognized form of chili and is typically made with red chili peppers or chili powder, which creates a red color. Common ingredients include ground beef or other meats, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and a blend of warm spices. 

It tends to have a richer, spicier flavor than white chili and can range in spiciness from fairly mild to super hot, depending on the type and amount of chili used. 

White Chili

This is a popular variation of red chili that does not include chili peppers or chili powder. Instead, it it typically made with white beans such as cannellini or navy beans and white meat like chicken or turkey. 

Other common ingredients in white chili recipes include chicken broth, green chiles, onions, garlic, and spices. Some also include sour cream and cheese for added creaminess and flavor. 

As a result, white chili lacks the bold red color of red chili and is typically white or beige in color. In addition, it has a much more mild flavor with just a touch of spice from the green chilies. 

What Goes in White Turkey Chili? 

The beauty of chili is that no two recipes are the same — there are endless possibilities! For this particular white turkey chili, we’ve dialed up the heartiness and flavor by loading it with a bounty of veggies and a blend of warm spices. It’s not just a meal; it’s a nutrient-packed, flavor-rich experience. Here’s a peek at the vibrant ingredients you’ll need:

  • Ground Turkey – We recommend using lean ground turkey (90% or higher). Chicken can also be used if preferred. 
  • Onion – Use white or yellow. 
  • Jalapeños – Make sure to remove the seeds and core! 
  • Bell Pepper – We prefer to use orange or yellow bell peppers as they have a sweeter flavor, but red and green will also work. 
  • Garlic – Whole, fresh cloves are best. 
  • Canned Green Chile Peppers – You can typically find these in the Mexican section of your local grocery store. 
  • Seasonings – Ground cumin, dried oregano, ground coriander, black pepper, and sea salt help enhance the savory flavor, adding extra depth and just a touch of heat. 
  • Chicken Broth – We recommend using a low-sodium variety to avoid overpowering the dish. Vegetable broth can also be used. 
  • Cannellini Beans – Make sure they’re fully cooked! To save time, we opt for canned beans. All you have to do is rinse and drain them before adding them to the pot. 
  • Cream Cheese – Plain, full-fat varieties work best to create a rich flavor and silky texture. 
  • Shredded Cheese – We love grated white cheddar cheese, but any cheese you like best will taste great. 
  • Cilantro – Technically optional, we use this as a garnish for extra freshness to balance out the spice and heaviness of the fats. 

Skip the Dishes, and Make White Turkey Chili in One Pot Instead

The simplicity of chili is one of its greatest charms! For this white turkey chili, the ease of preparation is key – just toss everything into a large pot, let the flavors mingle and dance, and voilà, it’s ready to be enjoyed. Here’s your hassle-free guide to chili bliss:

  1. Sauté the veggies. Heat a small amount of oil in a large pot, or grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Then, add the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeños. Sauté just until the onions are translucent. 
  2. Brown the turkey. Add the turkey to the pot, and cook until browned, breaking it apart as it cooks. Add the minced garlic, ground cumin, oregano, coriander, salt, and black pepper. Continue to cook until fragrant. 
  3. Create the broth. Stir in the green chile peppers, and cook for an additional few minutes. Then, add the broth and beans, and simmer, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir in the cream cheese and grated white cheddar cheese until they’re melted and creamy and the chili has thickened. Adjust the seasonings to taste. 
  5. Garnish. Divide your white turkey chili into bowls, and add a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, extra cheese, and a dollop of Greek yogurt or light sour cream! 
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Topping Ideas 

Toppings are like the final touch, turning your white turkey chili into a customizable masterpiece. While we love loading ours with the options we mentioned, you can also try:

  • Sliced Jalapeños
  • Green Onion
  • Avocado
  • Fritos or Tortilla Strips

Serving Suggestions

Our healthy white turkey chili is already packed with protein, veggies, and fats, making it a complete meal. However, if you’re in the mood to round it out, here are some fantastic side options: tortilla chips, cornbread, olive focaccia bread, or pita for dipping. 

Or, bulk up the meal with a side salad or appetizers such as oven roasted parmesan brussel sprouts, spiraled cucumber yogurt salad, or spinach olive dip

A bowl of healthy white turkey chili with a spoon sticking out.

How Long Does This Recipe Last? 

Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, leftover white turkey chili will last for up to five days

How to Freeze and Reheat

Once cooled, transfer your chili to a freezer-safe container, and transfer it to the freezer for up to two months

To reheat, let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, warm it in a pot over medium heat, or heat individual portions in the microwave. 

For the best results, we recommend omitting the cream cheese and grated cheese until you’re ready to serve! 

Common Questions About This Healthy White Turkey Chili Recipe

Is turkey chili healthier than beef chili? 

Turkey chili is generally lower in calories and saturated fat than traditional beef chili. As a result, many people consider it the healthier option. You can make this recipe even lower in fat by using fat-free cream cheese, Greek yogurt, or light sour cream! Of course, talk with your doctor if you have any specific concerns. 

Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker? 

We haven’t tested it, but it should work! Just be sure to sauté the veggies and brown the turkey first. Then, combine the ingredients in a slow cooker, and let them cook until the chili thickens and the flavors blend. Stir in the cream cheese and cheese just before serving! 

Can I double the recipe? 

Sure! Follow the instructions below, and adjust the cooking time as needed until the mixture thickens. 

More Soup and Chili Recipes to Try

Craving more comforting and filling recipes to add to your repertoire? Here’s a tempting lineup of options that’ll warm you from the inside and satisfy your appetite: 

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Healthy White Turkey Chili Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Make this healthy white turkey chili recipe in less than 30 minutes for a lighter comfort food option you can feel good about!


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper diced
  • 2 jalapeños diced and seeded
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 4-ounce can canned green chile peppers, chopped
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated reduced-fat white cheddar cheese + more for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  • In a large pot over medium heat, add a small amount of olive oil or use non-stick spray to prevent sticking. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and jalapeños. Sauté for 1-2 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
    1 onion, 2 jalapeños, 1 orange or yellow bell pepper
  • Add the ground turkey and cook until browned. Break it apart with a spoon as it cooks. Add the minced garlic, ground cumin, oregano, coriander, salt, and black pepper. Cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
    2 pounds ground turkey, 4 cloves garlic, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 Tablespoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon sea salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Stir in the green chile peppers and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
    1 4-ounce can canned green chile peppers, chopped
  • Pour in the low-sodium chicken broth and add the cannellini beans. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    6 cups low-sodium chicken broth, 2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Add the cream cheese and grated white cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheeses are fully melted and the chili has thickened.
    2 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup grated reduced-fat white cheddar cheese + more for garnish
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt or spices if necessary.
  • Serve the healthy white turkey chili hot, garnished with fresh cilantro and a sprinkle of grated white cheddar cheese. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt or a light sour cream substitute on top for added creaminess, if desired!
    Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 866mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 830IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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