This White Bean Turkey Chili recipe is one of those delicious chili recipes you can't get enough of! It's easy made in the Instant Pot. Slimmed down in calories and bursting with bold flavors!
A white bean chili recipe is a great alternative to regular chili. It's a non-traditional chili recipe you'll have in regular rotation. The entire family will love this flavorful chili.
Making this healthy turkey chili recipe in the pressure cooker lets you do other things while the Instant Pot does the cooking. It blends the flavors in a shorter amount of time and the cook times are shorter than stove top chili recipe.
What makes this skinny?
Ground turkey vs. ground beef. Using 99% fat free ground turkey saves about 50 calories over using the leanest equivalent (95%) ground beef. Fat gives flavor but in a chili recipe where there are lots of bold seasonings lean turkey is a perfect choice.
No cream. Some white chili recipes include some heavy cream. We passed on that since it doesn't add much flavor or texture benefit and adds unwanted calories.
Recipe Ingredients Notes
Great Northern White beans. Drain and rinse the canned beans. If you'd like to use homemade cooked beans you'll need a total of 3 cups.
Carrots. Large, peeled carrots will be used. They can be sliced or diced depending on your personal preference.
Onion. You'll use a small onion. We used yellow onion but white onion can also be used.
Ground turkey. We used 99% fat free ground turkey.
Chicken broth. We used fat-free chicken broth but low sodium chicken stock can be used also.
One of the best parts of chili recipes is the toppings! This white chili recipe is no different. Here are some of our favorite toppings:
- thinly slice jalapeno peppers
- fat reduced sour cream or non fat plain Greek yogurt (we love Chobani brand)
- sliced green onions
- shredded cheddar cheese (regular or fat-reduced)
- crushed tortilla chips (if you are a WW member their Sea Salt Tortilla Chips are perfect for this and low points)
- torn fresh cilantro leaves
- lime wedges for a squeeze of lime juice
How to make White Bean Turkey Chili in the Instant Pot - Step-by-Step
STEP 1. Sauté
Heat the Instant Pot to the Sauté function. Add the olive oil, onion, and carrot (photos 1-2). Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft-- about 5 minutes (photo 3).
Next add the garlic and ground turkey (photo 4) and cook turkey, stirring occasionally, until the turkey has browned-- another 5 minutes.
STEP 2. Deglaze
Add the chicken stock and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan (photo 5). This step is critical especially for newer Instant Pot models which will register a BURN warning if any food particles are stuck to the Instant Pot insert after sautéing when in a pressure cooking cycle.
STEP 3. Combine and Cook
Add the diced tomatoes, great northern beans, chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, and Italian seasoning (photo 6). Stir to combine (photo 7).
Seal the lid and put the pressure release valve is in the “sealing” position. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook - Manual for 8 minutes.
When the cooking cycle has completed, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Then, preform a manual release by switching the valve to the “venting” position.
Salt and black pepper to taste.
STEP 4. Serve
Enjoy hot, topped with favorite toppings.
Swap in leftover turkey. Instead of lean ground turkey you can use chopped or shredded leftover turkey. Skip the browning of the turkey and add with the spices before cooking the chili.
Rotisserie chicken. This is another option instead of cooking ground turkey. Add it chopped or shredded before the cooking cycle.
Fire roasted tomatoes. If you can find diced fire roasted tomatoes they add even more earthy flavor to the chili.
Use different beans. You can swap in other white beans like navy beans or cannellini beans (also called 'white kidney beans').
Want it spicier? Add some chipotle chili powder (gives a smoky flavor) or cayenne pepper for some heat.
Try ground chicken instead of turkey. This will still keep the white chili but adds a different protein option. Personally we find ground turkey easier to brown but if you have ground chicken, use it!
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Store
Allow the white chili to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop in a saucepan.
How to Freeze
This healthy white bean turkey chili freezes great too. Allow to cool. Place in an airtight freezer-safe container leaving ¾ inch space on top for expansion. Freeze for 4-6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.