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Ellie Krieger’s White Chili

Ellie Krieger’s White Chili

You know what I love? I love when I cook something and my husband gives me the excited mouth full of food nod of approval…do you all know what I’m talking about? It’s the “oh this is good” without words expression. I just love it.

I saw Ellie making this soup on an episode I had saved on DVR the other night…my husband normally doesn’t sit and watch cooking shows with me, but somehow I inconspicuously finagled a way to keep him from changing the channel to ESPN or CNN. Once he started watching though he did get interested and started to pay attention to what Ellie was making. All I had to hear from him was “oh that looks good” and I knew I would be making it soon. As a matter of fact, I made it the next day.

Ellie Krieger’s White Chili

This light and nontraditional version of chili is a new favorite for me. I loved it…as did my husband and nephew. It has just enough kick from the poblanos and just enough creaminess from the Greek yogurt…and is still healthy. I didn’t have any hominy on hand, so I substituted frozen corn instead. I did pick up hominy today and will be trying it for the first time the next time I make this chili, which will probably be very soon.

A soup like this is perfect for a light weeknight dinner or an easy lunch to take to work. I found it filling and satisfying and knowing that it’s good for me is added bonus. I can’t wait to get through my leftovers this week.

Ellie Krieger’s White Chili

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Ellie Krieger’s White Chili


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 medium poblano peppers (about 4 ounces each), seeded and white ribs removed, finely diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, more to taste
  • 1 pound ground white meat turkey
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans white beans such as cannelini, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can hominy, drained and rinsed
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges


  1. Heat the oil in large pot or Dutch oven over moderate heat. Add the onion, celery, poblanos, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, coriander and cayenne and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until the meat is no longer pink about 2 minutes. Add the white beans, broth and oregano. Cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.
  3. Add the hominy and salt and more cayenne pepper, to taste, and continue cooking, partially covered, 10 minutes longer. Ladle into individual bowls and top each serving with 1 tablespoon of yogurt and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cilantro. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Recipe from Ellie Krieger, Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger

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Ellie Krieger’s White Chili

(…light and creamy after the Greek yogurt is stirred in.)

I ran the Spirit of the YMCA 5k this past Saturday, it was my first 5k in a few years and I’ll tell ya I think I’m hooked again. It was a great event, very family friendly which is a big reason why I love the Y. They held a kid’s Fun Run after the big race and my little guy couldn’t wait to use his speedy legs. He had been excited about it all week…he “trained” for it by running from driveway to driveway as fast as he could.

Seeing him out there so happy and proud like that definitely made my heart smile. 😉

Have a great week!


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32 Responses to “Ellie Krieger’s White Chili”

  1. Bob posted April 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I know exactly what you mean with the “it’s so good face”! It’s the best. I’ve actually never had white chili before and since my girlfriend won’t eat beans I probably won’t be making it any time soon. It does look good though. 🙂

  2. Erica posted April 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    So glad the 5k went well!Good for you 🙂 I have made this ellie chili before and it is AMAZING! I totally know that “look” you’re talking about- I try to aim for it with every meal! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday

  3. Kevin posted April 19, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I like a nice white chili. They are always tasty. I like the sound of stirring in Greek yogurt.

  4. Barbara Bakes posted April 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    The chili looks delicious. I love that look too! I’ve never used Greek yogurt. I’ll have to look for it.

  5. Gloria Chadwick posted April 19, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Your chili looks awesome! Congrats on the run… your little guy is so cute. 🙂

  6. Anne posted April 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    That looks delicious! My husband can’t have tomatoes so I’ll have to try that chili… I think we’d love it! 🙂 Congrats on the 5k!

  7. Leslie posted April 19, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    mmmm.delish! This looks packed with flavor.
    Congrats on your 5k!

  8. Pamela posted April 20, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Congrats again on the 5k! Your little guys looks very excited and proud in that pic!

    The chili looks fabulous! I know that look you are talking about from your DH, too!! Great job.

  9. Justin Schwartz posted April 20, 2009 at 12:49 am

    i’m always so happy with how tasty ellie’s recipes are, even though I know they’re good for me too. you might like this post on my blog, btw:

  10. USA Kiwi (aka Kylee) posted April 20, 2009 at 12:52 am

    I’ve made this chilli before too – and it’s AWESOME. Great photos!

    The hominy makes a massive difference. The flour-y-ness of it definitely adds something great to the texture of the chili – you’re going to love it.

  11. Helene posted April 20, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Congratulations for your 5K. This looks like another winner recipe from Ellie. I love her recipes.

  12. Mary Ann posted April 20, 2009 at 2:44 am

    I haven’t seen this recipe anywhere. It looks really good and if your hubby approves, then that means it is really good. What a fun race. So cute that your little guy was so pumped about it!

  13. melissa posted April 20, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Very, very cool about your little man. And good for you too! It feels great to get out and participate like that.

    I love when Steve does that with something I’ve made. And it makes me intrigued to try this chili, something I normally wouldn’t jump on. Looks great, Aggie.

  14. Sharon posted April 20, 2009 at 3:46 am

    That’s a great photo of you two! I have never found an Ellie recipe I didn’t love!

  15. Cathy posted April 20, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    This looks so great — in fact, I just added the ingredients I need for it to my afternoon grocery list. I adore Ellie’s book and it is hard to know what to make first sometimes, so I love it when bloggers I trust test them and give them a big thumbs up! Congrats on the 5K – and HOW CUTE is that picture of you and your little running man?

  16. Sara posted April 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    This looks awesome. Sounds like it would be a great lunch for me to take to work.

  17. Bridgett posted April 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Congrats on running your 5K! I started running again too and will be doing a breast cancer run and I am so excited. I agree, the face that your loved ones make when you make that fantastic meal is so worth it. I need to give this Ellie recipe a try, it looks fantastic.

  18. Colleen posted April 20, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    That chili looks great – I love white beans! And go you for running the race!

  19. Pam posted April 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I love it when my husband gives me the nod of approval too. This chili looks wonderful – I will be trying this recipe soon.

    Great job on doing the 5k – it’s great your little one joined in the fun.

  20. Paula posted April 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Congrats on the 5K! You and your little fella look so happy! This chili would make me happy! I love all the flavors and that Greek yogurt is terrific! YUM!

  21. Maria posted April 20, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    The Chili looks tasty! Congrats on your 5k and how fun your little guy did it with you!

  22. unconfidentialcook posted April 21, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I’m not a big Ellie Krieger fan, but I love the idea of white chili…and will give it a try. Bet that yogurt is great in it.

  23. Kerstin posted April 21, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Looks delicious – I’ve been meaning to try making a white chili for awhilwe now. Congrats on your race!

  24. ~Carole posted April 21, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I just found your blog and I think it’s great. Lots of good food.

    Congrats on your 5K.

  25. Debbie posted April 21, 2009 at 11:17 am

    The chili looks delicious. Just full of flavor!

  26. Amanda posted April 21, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Wow that looks fabulous, and yes I know that look!!

  27. Katherine Aucoin posted April 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I love getting that face from my husband too! I love white chili so much more than white!

    Congrats on completing your race Aggie! Way to go!

  28. Patsyk posted April 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Way to go on the 5k (and for your little man!)!

    I will have to try this chili next time I am in the mood for chili… looks like a nice change from the traditional type.

  29. Girl Japan posted April 22, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Woot Woot! Congrats, you are in FANATIC shape! I have to get my butt going on that but what a luscious, hearty soup. It looks fabulous and so do you!

  30. Chili Dude posted January 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    What a great idea!! Looks like a great chili recipe. I am going to have to try this one this weekend. I am going to cook it for the family.


    Chili Dude

  31. marla {family fresh cooking} posted September 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Looks wonderful!
    Perfect! Thanks, just added both links to today’s post 🙂


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