Monday, September 8, 2008

Green Turkey Chili

Last year, on a cold winter night, my friend Alison had me over for soup and Project Runway--a nearly perfect night in my opinion. We were in the middle of a diet frenzy so all of our cooking was healthy and we both fit into jeans 2 sizes smaller than what we wear now. We made a delicious and low fat turkey chili that rocked my world ten times over--so much so that it's become a staple recipe in my life. We got the recipe from one of those health magazines, and unfortunately the clipping is long lost, but luckily, it's an easy recipe and one that sticks with you even after it's gone.

Being that I'm trying to fit back into my small jeans again, the hubby and I are trying to eat healthier. And, there's a chill in the air that had me dreaming of warm soup all day. Seems a perfect day to make Green Turkey Chili.

The recipe called for any type of pre-processed green salsa. We selected the Pace Salsa Verde (pictured at right) and it's the only kind I've ever used with this recipe. I had never been impressed with a Pace product until I tried this. Don't feel obligated to use this in your soup, it's merely a suggestion--you could be super natural and make your own, but I'm lazy on weeknights.


1 small white onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 pound ground turkey

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1 jar salsa verde

1 can northern white beans (or any type of white bean you like)

2 cups chicken broth

Drizzle bottom of saucepan with oil, heat. Add chopped onions and garlic, sautee until transluscent. Add ground turkey to sauce pan and throughly cook. Add cilantro, salsa verde, beans, and chicken broth to saucepan;stir. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!


  1. We are big salsa verde fans so I plan on making this soon, especially with fall around the corner. One of our fave salsa verde brands is from Trader Joes!

  2. I go chili-NUTS in the Winter! I can't wait to add this one to the menu!! I am going to email you my favorite chili recipe now... :)

  3. Thanks for the comment you left on my blog! This is our first year doing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and we found out about it from my husband's coworker who participated last year as well. I'll bet if you google Community Supported Agriculture and your city you'll get lots of results. Each CSA works a little differently - we do a half share because, like you, we were concerned about waste. So we only get a box every other week. Some other people we know split a full share with another family so they get 1/2 a box every week. Others just have a full share. I think that would be difficult for us to do because we go on lots of little trips in the summers and we love to eat out. The half share has been perfect for me. You get a box for the whole growing season - for us in MN that is mid-June to mid-October. Our share was $275 which is pretty in line with most shares around here. Our CSA has several drop offs around the Twin Cities - one is only a few blocks from our house, so every other Thursday between 4:30 and 6, we have to go to this person's house to pick up our box. Others drop off at local co-ops, some do individual house drop offs, but not many. Anyway - I have written a novel! I hope that helps you out, if you have any other questions, just let me know!

  4. Just wanted to let you know I tried this chili recipe today and fell in love with it. I put a shout out to you on my blog, if that's alright with you :)

  5. I LOVE salsa verde and chili and healthy things. Wonderful!