Appetizers & Meals

Turkey Chili With Cornbread Topping Recipe
It’s comfort food with a nutritious twist—thanks to the high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals of Ensure®. Find out how to make this hearty crowd-pleaser.


8 servings


● 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
● 1-1/2 pounds ground white turkey meat
● 1 cup chopped onion
● 1 cup chopped green pepper
● 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
● 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
● Two 4-ounce cans chopped mild chilies
● One 15.5-ounce can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
● 1 teaspoon ground cumin
● 1 teaspoon dried oregano
● 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder, regular or chipotle
● 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
● 1 cup yellow cornmeal
● 1 cup cake flour
● 1/2 teaspoon salt
● 2 teaspoons baking powder
● 1 cup (8 ounces) Ensure® Original* Vanilla
● 1/3 cup water
● 2 tablespoons canola oil
● 1 large egg
● Chopped scallions (optional)


For the chili: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Mist a 9-inch baking pan with nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil, and cook the turkey until it is no longer pink. Remove the meat from the skillet and drain if necessary. Heat the same skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of water, onions, peppers, and garlic, and cook until the vegetables are translucent. Add the chilies, beans, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and chicken stock. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Return the meat to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chili to the prepared baking pan.
For the cornbread topping: Combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the Ensure, water, oil, and egg. Mix together with the dry ingredients just to incorporate. Pour the batter over the turkey chili and sprinkle with the chopped scallions if desired. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean and the top is golden. Allow the casserole to stand for 7 to 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 120
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Trans Fat 0g 0%
Total Carb. 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Protein 25g 50%
Sodium 630mg 26%
Potassium 440mg 13%
Vitamin A 30%
Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 20%
Iron 25%
* This recipe can be prepared with Ensure® Original, Ensure Plus®, Ensure® High Protein, or Ensure Complete®. Nutrition information will vary with product used.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet.

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