Creamy Turkey Chili by: Garrett Doucette from Upsala Volunteer Fire Dept



This recipe came from my uncle as our family raises turkeys and we are always trying to find new ways to prepare it. I tried it and loved it. In our committee we have a annual Kinship (similar to big brother/big sister) chili cook off, well I loved it so much I submitted it along with 20 others cooking their specialties. Well I was going up against chefs and restaurants so just thought I was going to do it for fun as I am neither. This cook off has a judges portion and a peoples choice portion. At the end of the night I had gone through 6 gallons, my server dish was BONE DRY! Now came time for the judges to say what they liked, 3rd place was read, not me..., 2nd place was read, still not me.. so I was like well it was fun and all the proceseds went to a good cause. Well the read 1st place and there it was my recipe!!! I was excited to say the least. Next came the peoples choice voting, I thought no way with all these great chefs. But as the votes came in my creamy turkey chili (the only white chili) took the peoples vote. We had so much fun that night we tried it again the next year and took 2nd place with the judges and peoples choice again for the 2nd year. So we tried one more time in 2017 and hit the turkey (like in bowling, pun intended) we again took 1st with the judges and the peoples choice. In 2018 we opted out instead donating to the benefit. But in 2019 they better be ready!!! Below is myself and another co-worker.



  • 1 pound boneless skinless turkey breast cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cans (15 ½oz each) great northern beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) chicken broth
  • 2 cans (4oz each) chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup (8oz) sour cream
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream


  1. In a large saucepan, sauté the turkey, onion, garlic powder in oil until turkey reaches 165 degrees F. Add beans, broth, chilies, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and whipping cream


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