Turkey White Bean Chili
  • 1 lb. dried white beans
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 c. bread crumbs or 2 slices of sandwich bread, roughly torn up
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 4 T. chili powder
  • 1 T. tomato paste
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • Avocado, for garnish
  • Soft-boiled egg, for garnish
  1. First, you'll need to soak your beans. Put the beans and bay leaf in a pot (not the pot you're planning to cook your chili in!) and cover with 2-3 inches of water. Don't salt the water! We'll get to that later. Bring the water up to a boil, let it boil uncovered for 2 minutes, then cover and turn off the heat. Let the beans soak in the hot water for at least 2 hours.
  2. While the beans are soaking, start the chili base. Soak the breadcrumbs or roughly torn pieces of bread in the milk for 5 minutes. Once soaked, break the bread up with your fingers, and work the milk-soaked bread, some salt, and pepper into the ground turkey until it's evenly distributed.
  3. In the pot you're going to use to cook the chili, heat the oil and saute the onions on medium heat. After 5 minutes, the onions should be translucent. Add the chili powder, garlic and tomato paste, and cook for another minute or two. Add the turkey mixture, and cook until browned. Once done, stir in the can of tomatoes.
  4. At this point, your turkey is ready for the beans. If the beans aren't done soaking, just turn the heat off under the turkey mixture until the beans are ready. Once the beans are done soaking, pour the beans -- and their soaking liquid -- into the pot with the turkey mixture and stir to combine. Bring the chili up to a boil over high heat, then lower to a simmer and allow to lightly bubble for 90 minutes to two hours -- until the beans are tender. I usually taste a bean every 15 minutes or so after the one-hour mark because the exact time depends on your beans and how tender you want them to be.
  5. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper, and garnish with sliced avocado and a soft-boiled egg. Serve hot.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Serves 8
Recipe by leighto-greato at http://leightogreato.com/2014/12/17/turkey-white-bean-chili/