White bean turkey chili is the perfect twist to your typical bowl of red chili soup. It’s also gluten-free and nightshade-free, so perfect if you need to avoid gluten and nightshades.
The difference between white bean chili and normal red chili is that white bean chili is made with white beans, white meat, and no tomatoes. A normal red chili on the other hand typically incorporates red/black beans, red meat, and tomatoes.
White bean chili usually draws its flavor from green chilies, I’ve adapted this recipe to be nightshade-free and thus pepper-free.
I have to talk about whether to say chili or chilli just because I had to know the difference myself.
Which according to Meriam Webster, the only difference is chili is used in American English to represent hot peppers or spicy soup whereas in British English they use Chilli.
For some reason, I thought chili would be for spicy soup and chilli would be for hot peppers (or something like that) but apparently not.
I hinted at it above, but this white bean turkey chili is gluten-free and nightshade-free. So, let’s break down the ingredients and why they are essential to making this nightshade-free chili flavorful.
First, you’ll start with sauteeing minced garlic, diced onions, celery, carrots, and sweet potato in oil in a big pot. This is to start building flavor in the dish (which we’ll need without the chilies and tomatoes).
Sometimes soups and chilis will include flour in the beginning to thicken the soup but don’t worry, we won’t have any problems with thickness in this recipe.
Then you’ll add in the ground turkey and brown it with spices to keep adding to the flavor. Once the ground turkey is browned, you’ll add a can of gluten-free chicken broth (no, broth isn’t always gluten-free), a can of cannellini, and a can of garbanzo beans. You could also add corn here if you desire!
If you want to substitute shredded turkey (maybe leftover from your gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner), then skip the turkey browning step and just add the shredded turkey with the beans.
Then you’ll let the chili simmer down until thick and flavorful. Once thick and the turkey is cooked through, you can serve it up and enjoy.