This White Turkey Ranch Chili can be eaten as is or, as our kids like, spooned up with chips!

White Turkey Ranch Chili

This White Turkey Ranch Chili is hands down our kids favorite chili recipe ever! It’s mild, not spicy, and still loaded with flavor!

Chili is a big deal in our house. The boys like most kinds but the definitely have favorites, like this Everyday Chili Recipe that we make ALL the time.

They use it on everything from hot dogs to nachos or over macaroni to make chili mac – or they’re favorite way by dumping a bag of Fritos into a bowl and topping it with a big scoop of chili.

Anyway, you get the idea. It’s always a hit for dinner so we make it a lot, even in the summer.

This White Turkey Ranch Chili is a newer addition to our chili collection so we were curious to see if the boys were going to love it as much as our traditional recipe…and they did.

There’s actually no chili powder in this turkey chili recipe. But it is loaded with mild peppadew peppers, beans, turkey and cream cheese. I know what you’re thinking, cream cheese in chili?

Trust me on this one, it’s gonna be delicious.

The cream cheese makes this White Turkey Ranch Chili super flavorful and creamy…so much so that the kids won’t notice the peppers going on at all.

If you can’t find peppadew peppers you can swap out roasted red peppers or even green or red bell peppers. The peppadew peppers are my new favorite ingredient so we’ve been cooking a lot with those lately like this Sheet Pan Chicken Murphy recipe.

They’re of sweet and sort of spicy, but not too spicy…they’re actually pretty perfect.

You can also use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving if it’s around that time, just cook the onion and garlic first then stir in your leftover turkey.

Start out by browning ground turkey in a large pot then adding a packet of dry ranch seasoning.

This White Turkey Ranch Chili is a huge hit with the kids!

Now mix in those yummy peppers and black beans…

This White Turkey Ranch Chili is loaded with sweet peppers and beans!

Then it’s time for the cream cheese. If you leave the cream cheese out at least while you’re starting the chili it’ll be much easier to mix in.

Mix until all the cream cheese is melted into the chili.

This White Turkey Ranch Chili gets cream cheese mixed in to make is super creamy!

Let this turkey chili recipe simmer for about 30 minutes until all the flavors combine. Then it’s time to load on your toppings and start eating.

This White Turkey Ranch Chili can be eaten as is or spooned over rice or pasta!

Pickled jalapeños are perfect, also a dollop of sour cream. But you can crush some tortilla chips or Fritos on there…add some shredded cheese to the top…anything you normally load up on your bowl of chili.

Our boys like it mixed in with elbow pasta almost like a chili mac. Sometimes we’ll do that the next night with the leftover turkey chili to make it seem like a different meal!

This White Turkey Ranch Chili can be eaten as is or, as our kids like, spooned up with chips!

Try this White Turkey Ranch Chili next time you’re making chili for your family or friends, it’s great for parties, game day or any night you need a comfort food meal!

This White Turkey Ranch Chili can be eaten as is or, as our kids like, spooned up with chips!

White Turkey Ranch Chili

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 (1 oz.) packet Ranch seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained
  • 1 (14 oz.) jar peppadew peppers, drained reserving 1/4 cup of the brine and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (or parsley)


  1. Add the oil to a dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, stir and cook for 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Add the garlic and stir.
  4. Place the turkey into the pot with the salt, pepper and cumin and cook until the meat is browned all the way through.
  5. Pour in the Ranch seasoning packet and the flour, stir and cook for a minute.
  6. Add the reserved juice from the peppers, beans, chopped peppers and cream cheese. Stir until the cream cheese has melted, then pour in the chicken stock.
  7. Simmer, stirring often, for 25 minutes uncovered.
  8. Stir in the cilantro, taste for seasonings and serve.

Keywords: turkey chili, ranch chili, dinner recipes, chili recipes, peppadew peppers, party food, food for a crowd, make ahead recipe, leftover turkey recipe


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