Turkey Chili

A lot of people have been asking what Hubby and I have been eating throughout the kitchen renovation. As I explained on demo day, we packed a mini-freezer full of foods to keep us from eating out. This chili is one of the things in that freezer. We’ve made it probably 6-7 times in the last year, I just never got around to blogging about it. For the kitchen renovation, I made one pot for Hubby and one that was not so spicey for me.

This chili is so good and so filling. And I love that it’s healthy (and colorful) too. It’s basically just a collection of ground turkey, canned tomatoes, and a ton of veggies (feel free to use whatever you like or have on hand). When we’re not eating this out of the freezer/microwave, I like to serve Hubby’s with a dollop of fat free Greek yogurt (so much healthier than sour cream) and some fresh cilantro.

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Turkey Chili

Yield: 10-12 servings


2 lbs ground turkey

2 medium onions, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced

2 tsp olive oil
4 tsp cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp ground mustard
6 cloves garlic (finely chopped or minced)

2 cans kidney beans, drained
1 can beer, more or less to taste and consistency
16 oz can of tomato sauce
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 bag frozen corn - no need to defrost
1 large bag frozen diced butternut squash - no need to defrost


In a large stock pot, brown the turkey until cooked through. Remove turkey onto a plate and drain all liquid from the pot.

Heat the oil over medium heat. Add onions and peppers and cook until slightly softened, 6-7 minutes. Add the garlic and all of the seasonings and stir to coat the onions and peppers. Allow to cook 1-2 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, return to boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Add more beer if the consistency is off. It can be served immediately or simmer all day to continue to meld the flavors together.

This chili freezes very well.

Recipe adapted from Cooks.com

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4 Responses to “Turkey Chili”

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    The Methods Guy — June 3, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Pretty cool recipe – I usually end up spritzing the ground turkey with Worcestershire Sauce when it’s browning – helps make it taste a little more beefy :-)

  2. #
    Joelen — June 3, 2009 at 4:40 am

    I’m a sucker for chili all throughout the year and I especially like that this is made with ground turkey for something healthier!

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    cjmills — June 5, 2009 at 5:17 am

    I tried this tonight and it was WONDERFUL! Thanks for posting it :)

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    JimmyDahGeek — November 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I make chili a lot but instead of ground beef or ground turkey I use venison and cut it into small pieces.

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