Denver Turkey Chili Verde

Chili is one of those dishes you can make your own, depending on what ingredients and Jennie-O turkey chili verdeseasonings you want to throw in there. The folks from Jennie-O have come up with this recipe, layering in flavors and playing up Denver’s love for green chili. Without cutting back on flavor, the recipe gets lightened up by featuring lean ground turkey. With less than 300 calories per serving, this hearty chili is a must-try recipe. Like most chili, it’s even better the next day!

E.A.T. Exclusive: Enter to win a $5 off coupon for Jennie-O products. See below the recipe for details.


1½ pounds tomatillos, husks removed and halved

2 poblano peppers, seeded and halved

2 jalapeño peppers, seeded, if desired

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large yellow onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O Ground Turkey

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


STEP 1: Place tomatillos, poblano peppers and jalapenos cut side down on a baking sheet. Broil 3 inches from heat source for 3 to 5 minutes or until skins are charred.

STEP 2: Place peppers in plastic zip-top bag and seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove and discard skins. Place tomatillos and peppers in food processor and process until smooth. Stir in salt.

STEP 3: Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven. Add turkey and cook as specified on the package. Always cook to well done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.

STEP 4: Add onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Add cumin and coriander. Stir in tomatillo mixture and broth. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in cilantro leaves.

Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Learn how to safely handle turkey.

To assist our readers in making this delicious chili and many other Jennie-O recipes, the E.A.T. blog and Jennie-O are giving away 4 coupons for $5 off Jennie-O products to 4 lucky winners. To enter, simply send an email to with Jennie-O in the subjectline. Tell us which of your favorite dishes you’d substitute turkey in, instead of what it normally takes (such as beef, pork or chicken). Include your name and we will randomly select four winners to mail the coupon to. Enter by Monday, May 30. Winners will be notified the next day. 

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