Wednesdays Unplugged – Minnesota Style Chili

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!


"What a wonderful life I've had. I only wish I'd realized it sooner." ~ Colette

Kkptsleepover-cookies We had grandkids sleep over last weekend and they wanted to make chocolate chip cookies… they helped both bake and eat them! When I printed out the recipe for baked cinnamon circle French toast from a blog post for breakfast our grandson recognized the photo of our 'quote cup' right away. I would guess that carved wooden vessel that came from Norway as a gift to my grandmother more than a half century ago will hold special meaning and memories for our children and grandchildren… we are now into our fourth year of pulling weekly quotes from it to share.


This week's recipe comes from Lunds and Byerly's… seems appropriate to use one of their recipes this week, as 'our' nearby Byerly's celebrates its grand opening after a major remodel. I would hardly call this chili, it's very mild and seems more like a hearty soup, but it combines two Minnesota favorites, wild rice and turkey. Great lunch leftovers!


  • White chili 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups cooked, cubed turkey
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 (48 ounce) package chicken broth
  • 1 (19 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 (9 ounce) package frozen shoe-peg white corn
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans diced green chiles, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1 (8 ounce) package 4 cheese Mexican blend shredded cheese

In large Dutch oven, saute onion and garlic in oil until onion is tender. Stir in turkey, wild rice, chicken broth, beans, corn, green chilies and cumin.

Simmer, covered, over medium heat for 30 minutes. Stir in cilantro and Tabasco. Ladle into bowls; sprinkle with cheese.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results –


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