Light and Easy Recipes and Meal Ideas

White Chili & Cheese Bake

Calories: 270
White Chili & Cheese Bake

This dish is a family-friendly meal, or can be served with chips as a party appetizer. Almost all of the SmartPoints are in the full fat Shredded Pepper Jack cheese blend (Trader Joe's brand used here), which I find to be totally worth it. This dish makes me feel like I ate Taco Bell - but without the gross feeling I get after actually eating Taco Bell. :-D


Recipe makes 8 servings. 

Yield/Servings: 8 Serving Size: 1/8th portion Total Cook/Prep time: 1.5 hours


  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 3 cups Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese Blend (Trader Joe's brand used here)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tsp ground chicken bullion
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • spray of oil or cooking spray


Spray a stock pot with cooking spray and heat on low-medium heat

Sautee the onions, carrots and green pepper for about 3 minutes

Add the ground turkey, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder

Stir to combine and cook until the ground turkey is no longer pink

Add the water, bullion and corn starch

Mix to combine and allow it to simmer about 45 minutes, or until the carrots are tender

Spread the chili into a baking pan and sprinkle the cheese on top

Heat oven to broil setting and move rack to highest position

Bake/broil for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and slightly charred

Use a spatula to divide into 8 portions and serve as a meal,

OR, keep it in the baking pan and serve with chips as a party appetizer dish. 

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