Green Chili – Why Making It Yourself Is Priceless

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Mr. Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring this year…but it’s still freezing cold around here and there’s nothing better to warm up than having a nice hot pot of chili cooking on the stove.

I used to love ordering chili or soup in restaurants until I learned about all the GMO oils, hidden forms of MSG, and other chemical additives they were likely putting in the spices and/or broth. To much heart ache, I found out even the fancier delis and gourmet shops – like Dean & Delucca, use these type of ingredients too.

One of the worst ingredient offenders is of course Wendy’s. Here are the list of ingredients for their chili and all the toppings, so you can see for yourself:

Wendy's Ingredients

I think it’s quite telling that they have to put artificial food colors in their chili – a dead giveaway that they are not using the best ingredients and have to cover them up with color. The combination of artificial colorsnatural flavor, and hidden MSG in the form of autolyzed yeast extract is a food industry trick to get you addicted to the look and taste of food, creating sensory overload by exciting your brain cells.

This is not a trick I want someone playing on me.

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So this is why I investigate my soup whenever I dine out. I specifically ask if the broth is homemade, if it has various “extracts” and what kind of oil is used.

Being always on the lookout can get tiring – that’s why knowing how to make a really good homemade chili and one that you can freeze for later when you are on a tight schedule - is absolutely priceless.

This green chili is a favorite around here…Sometimes I make it with ground turkey, sometimes I don’t – it’s totally adaptable to your dietary preference – and it turns out delicious every single time.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

4.8 from 16 reviews
Green Chili
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Serves: 6
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound ground white turkey breast (optional)
  • 2 green bell peppers chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 jar of tomatillo salsa (the green kind)
  • 1 can of diced green chiles, drained
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely sliced
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 can of Eden Foods cannellini beans (2 cans if not using turkey breast)
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • organic sour cream (optional)
  1. Heat ½ tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium high heat
  2. Add ground turkey to pan and cook until browned
  3. Transfer cooked turkey to a bowl and return pot to heat
  4. Add remaining ½ tablespoon oil, bell pepper and onion and cook until softened and golden brown
  5. Add turkey back to pot with spices and salt and mix well
  6. Add bay leaf, tomatillos, chiles, jalapeños and broth, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 40 mins
  7. If you like more broth and less chunky chili, add up to two additional cups water
  8. Gently stir in beans and cook for 30 minutes more
  9. Stir in cilantro at the very end, right before serving
  10. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a lime wedge
If making vegetarian or vegan - use 1 additional portion of cannelloni beans and leave turkey cooking step out of directions. *Please choose all organic ingredients if possible*


If you know someone who could use a little homemade chili in their life – please share this post with them…who knows, maybe they’ll invite you over for a bowl!

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82 Responses to “Green Chili – Why Making It Yourself Is Priceless”

  1. Jennifer

    This recipe was absolutely delicious! I do meal prep on Sundays for at least 2-3 days worth of weekday meals-which of course can be quite time consuming; however, this meal was super simple, healthy and delicious…this will now be one of my fav go-to meals! The only adjustment I made was using chicken stock instead of vegetable ( I didn’t have organic stock at home), and I also stirred in 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice during the final stages of the cooking process. Thank you @foodbabe

  2. Amy

    Can’t wait to make this! I love green chile! Can you tell me what size can of diced green chiles you use? Thanks Food Babe! You are amazing!

  3. Janet L.

    I made this chili for the first time. It is so tasty and easy to make. I am making some rice to eat with it. This will be dinner tonight. This recipe will go into my rotation for cooking dinner.

  4. laura

    How do you find organic ground turkey breast? do you look for grass fed?

  5. Chelsea

    YUMM! Looks delicious, Gonna have to try it out!

  6. Sue Hansen

    It is even better with fresh roasted Big Jim chilis and just a couple fresh roasted tomatoes!

  7. Peggy

    This Chili was super tasty and easy to make. It taste even better if you make it the night before. A perfect meal to warm up those cold winter days.

  8. Brandon

    It’s 20 degrees in Dallas and a winter storm warning. This chili hits the spot. Very good. I added a couple of garlic cloves and that is about all I changed. I may try some black beans as well next time.

    Thanks Vani!

  9. Kate

    This was REALLY good, but next time I will omit the salt. Just too salty for me. I even used low sodium vegetable broth…I dunno. Must have been the salsa I picked.

  10. Maria

    Any word on the “jar” measurement? I’ve read through the comments and never saw a response. :(. This is a huge pet peeve of mine wrt blog recipes. Are we talking papa bear jar or mama bear jar or baby bear jar? What’s juuust right??

  11. Heidi

    Do you happen to have “can” sizes and nutrition information? This would be super helpful!
    I made this recipe and it was good, but after adding 1 tablespoon of chili pepper and a 16oz. can of organic roasted tomatos, it was even better!

  12. Jessica

    I’m making this now in the crock pot. I don’t like ground turkey so I used boneless chicken breast. And I added fresh garlic to this. I didn’t do the canned green chiles since I do not have on hand. I used my own homemade chicken stock too. So far it tasted great! It should be awesome in a few hours!

  13. Kim

    I made this tonight and the fam loved it! I made my own beans in my pressure cooker instead of canned. Delish!!!

    • Kim (to Kim)

      We also made burritos with the meat mixture and smothered them with the green chili.

  14. Linda

    What kind( brand ) of tomatillo sauce is recommended?

  15. Francie (to )

    What the heck! Have I had a stroke?


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