Turkey Chili with Cilantro and Green Onion Pesto

Turkey Chili
Karry Hosford
  • Yield: 6 servings

Chili is one of the easiest dishes to turn into a healthful meal. In this version, ground lean turkey is used and the proportion of ingredients is tipped in favor of the veggies.


1pound ground lean turkey
1cup diced red onion
1cup diced green bell pepper
1cup diagonally sliced carrots
2medium zucchini (total 1 pound), quartered lenghwise and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2cups water
1tablespoon chili powder, or to taste
1teaspoon ground cumin
1teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (7 1/2-ounce) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
3cups hot cooked brown rice
3tablespoons pistachio nuts
1 1/3cups packed fresh cilantro
1/2cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
3 green onions (white and light green parts), chopped
3tablespoons water
2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1tablespoon lime juice
2tablespoons grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1/4teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper


  1. To prepare chili, heat a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat.  Crumble turkey into pot; cook, stirring to crumble, until turkey is browned.  Add onion, green pepper, carrots and zucchini.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 8 minutes.  Add tomatoes, beans, water, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. Remove 2 chiles and 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from can; reserve remaining chiles and sauce for another use. Mince the chiles; add minced chiles and the 1 teaspoon adobo sauce to chili; stir to combine.  Cover and bring to a simmer, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes.
  3. To prepare pesto, place pistachios in processor and finely chop.  Add cilantro, parsley and onion; pulse to coarsely chop.  With motor running, add water, oil, lime juice, cheese, salt and pepper and process until blended.   (Makes about 3/4 cup pesto).
  4. Serve chili with rice and pesto.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 420
  • Fat 14g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Cholesterol 45mg
  • Sodium 800mg
  • Carbohydrate 5og
  • Fiber 10g
  • Sugars 9g
  • Protein 25g