Ground Turkey (or Leftover Turkey) and Pinto Bean White Chili with Lime
Ground Turkey and Pinto Bean White Chili with Lime will be delicious with ground turkey, but use leftover turkey if you have some! This delicious chili is gluten-free and low-glycemic. Check out Chili Recipes for more tummy-warming chili ideas!
Thanksgiving is only two days away, yikes! If you’re still looking for Thanksgiving recipes, I’ve shared 25+ Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes, Appetizers, and Salads as well as my Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions). I hope you have the menu narrowed down and are busy with holiday food prep.
I know you’re not looking for leftover turkey recipes just yet, but in a little while I have holiday guests arriving and I wanted to share the updated photos for this Ground Turkey (or Leftover Turkey) and Pinto Bean White Chili with Lime before I get too busy with Thanksgiving activities.I’ve made this tasty chili with leftover turkey, ground turkey (like you see in the photos), and even leftover chicken, and all the versions were delicious. Whether or not you need it for a Thanksgiving leftovers idea, this is a great chili recipe to add to your collection, but please, please, please don’t skip the lime juice. That’s the secret ingredient that makes this chili over-the-top good.
(Ground Turkey or Leftover Turkey and Pinto Bean White Chili with Lime was updated with better photos, November 2014. Check out 25+ Deliciously Healthy Recipes using Leftover Turkey or Chicken if you need more ideas!)
How to Make Ground Turkey and Pinto Bean White Chili with Lime:
(This is just a summary; scroll down for complete recipe.)
- If you’re making this with ground turkey, cook that separately until the turkey is nicely browned.
- Both versions start the recipe by sauteing a chopped onion, minced garlic, and a can of diced green chiles.
- Then add dried cilantro (if using), ground cumin, Mexican Oregano, and Epazote and cook a few minutes more. Don’t stress if you don’t have all those herbs, use the ones you have.
- Then add pinto beans and the liquid from the beans, homemade turkey stock (or homemade chicken stock) or use canned broth) and one cup water.
- Let this mixture simmer about 30 minutes at very low heat, until the mixture is slightly reduced and the flavors are well blended.
- If you’re using ground turkey, add it after the soup has simmered 30 minutes and cook the chili 15-30 minutes more, then stir in the fresh lime juice and salt and pepper right before you serve the chili.
- If you’re making this diced leftover turkey, simmer the onions, garlic, herbs, beans, and stock about 45 minutes, then add the chopped turkey (or chicken) and simmer only about 5-10 minutes. Then add the fresh lime juice and salt and pepper to taste right before you serve the chili.
More Tasty Ideas with Leftover Turkey (or Chicken):
Low-Carb Turkey Casserole with Mushrooms, Mozzarella, and Cauliflower Rice ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Turkey White Chili ~ Simply Recipes
Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Shepherd’s Pie with Garlic-Parmesan Cauliflower Topping ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chicken or Turkey Fried Rice ~ The Perfect Pantry
Slow Cooker Lemony Turkey (or chicken) Soup with Spinach and Orzo ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Leftover Turkey (or Ground Turkey) and Pinto Bean White Chili with Lime
Ground Turkey and Pinto Bean White Chili with Lime will be delicious with ground turkey, but use leftover turkey if you have some!
- 1 onion, diced into small pieces (about 1 cup diced onion)
- 2 tsp. olive oil (plus more for sauteing ground turkey if using)
- 2-3 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 can diced green Anaheim chiles with liquid (4 oz. size, or use a 7 oz. can if you like it spicy)
- 1 T dried cilantro (optional but recommended)
- 1-2 tsp. ground cumin (I used 2 tsp., but I love cumin)
- 1 tsp. Mexican oregano (I wouldn’t substitute Greek oregano for this, but you could use dried marjoram)
- 1/2 tsp. ground Epazote (optional but recommended)
- 2 cans pinto beans with liquid
- 1 quart (4 cups) homemade turkey stock or homemade chicken stock (or use canned broth)
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups diced leftover chicken or turkey or 1 lb. cooked ground turkey
- 3 T fresh squeezed lime juice
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- grated Monterey Jack cheese or Four Cheese Mexican Blend for serving, optional
- fresh chopped cilantro or sliced green onions for serving, optional
- Chop onion into small dice. Heat olive oil in a heavy pan big enough to hold all the chili, add onion and saute on low heat 3-4 minutes, or until onion is starting to soften.
- Add minced garlic and canned green Anaheim chiles and saute about 2 minutes more. Then add dried cilantro (if using), ground cumin, Mexican oregano, and Epazote and saute about 2 minutes more.
- If using ground turkey, heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a separate frying pan and brown turkey well while you are sauteeing the onion, garlic, chiles, and herbs.
- Add 2 cans pinto beans with liquid. (The dried epazote helps make beans less gas-producing. Normally I rinse canned beans, which also helps with this, so if you don’t have epazote I would probably rinse the beans.)
- Add turkey or chicken stock and water and let chili simmer on low for about 30 minutes, stirring a few times.
- If you’re using the ground turkey, add that and simmer 15-30 minutes longer. If you’re using diced leftover turkey, add that but simmer only 5-10 minutes more. (If you cook the chili too long after you add the diced turkey, the meat breaks apart too much.)
- Add fresh lime juice and season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper right before you serve the chili.
- Serve hot, with grated cheese melted on top and sprinkled with fresh chopped cilantro or green onions if desired.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Beans are a wonderful low-glycemic food, and everything about this Ground Turkey (or Leftover Turkey) and Pinto Bean White Chili with Lime is great for any phase of the South Beach Diet. If you’d like a lower-carb version of this recipe I would double the amount of turkey and use only one can of beans.
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