This spicy green chili is made with ground turkey, Carolina® White Rice, and the bold flavors of tomatillos, green chilies and poblano peppers topped with melted cheese for a comforting dish any time.
Heat oil in large Dutch oven or ovenproof saucepan set over medium-high heat; cook turkey, and 1 tsp each salt and pepper for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned. Transfer to bowl.
In same pan, cook onion, poblano pepper, celery, serrano peppers, garlic, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and remaining salt and pepper for 5 to 8 minutes or until tender.
Stir in broth, tomatillos, water, pinto beans, green chilies and brown sugar; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook for 10 minutes. Stir in rice and reserved turkey. Cover and reduce heat to low; cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
Meanwhile preheat broiler. Sprinkle cheese over chili; broil for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling.
Sprinkle with green onions and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
Serve with avocado, diced tomatoes and/or sour cream if desired.
This version of chili, sometimes referred to as chili verde, is a tex-mex classic made with a blend of spicy peppers that offer a bit of heat to your meal instead of using traditional chili powder. If you’re unsure about the difference between hot peppers, make sure to check out our guide to foods that really bring the heat.
To get the maximum amount of flavor in every spoonful, start by cooking the ground turkey in the same oven-same dish where the other ingredients will cook and simmer. All of the flavors from the seasonings, vegetables, turkey and broth will simmer beautifully and as it only requires one pot, there is less cleanup and hassle afterward!
Although other chili recipes might require a thickening agent such as cornstarch, as this green chili is loaded with vegetables and hearty white rice, it simply doesn’t need one!
This green chili makes a wonderful warming lunch or dinner and can be served with traditional cornbread, Savory Rice Muffins or homemade Empanadas with Chorizo and Rice.
Sprinkle juice from lime wedges over the top and serve with sliced avocado or guacamole, pickled red onion, diced tomatoes, sour cream, green onions and cilantro for something fresh on the side.
Substitute pork or chicken for turkey if desired.