Turkey and Smoked Ham White Chili

This is a great white chili recipe! Of course, there are scads of white chili recipes, and most folks have their favorites. What I like about my white chili is that it uses smoked ham. This gives the white chili a wonderful smoky taste. I like my beans to be extra soft, so I usually cook my white chili for several hours.

Holle’s Turkey and Ham White Chili recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound dried beans – white lima, great Northern, or navy
  • 4 cans chicken broth
  • ½ pound lean smoked ham, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 small flat can diced green chilies, drained
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, ground
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:  Rinse beans and discard any bad ones. Place beans in a large pot and cover with water. Place lid on and soak overnight.

The next morning, drain off water and add chicken broth to beans. Bring to a boil and add ham and garlic. Cover and reduce heat to simmer.

Drizzle a skillet with olive oil. Cook turkey and onion together, until turkey is done. Crumble turkey and add it and the onion to the chili pot. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Cover and simmer for two or more hours, until beans are the way you like them. Add water, if needed. Serve with shredded jack cheese, if desired.

White chili photo by wynlok