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This hearty turkey chili recipe uses lean ground turkey, tender beans, tomatoes, and chili seasoning, all simmered into a saucy chili fit for any appetite.

Feel free to add, swap or remove any ingredient according to your personal taste - see notes.

Course: Lunch, Dinner
Servings: 10 cups, serves 4-5
Calories: 110kcal
Cuisine: American


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 medium Onion diced

  • 4 cloves Garlic minced

  • 1 pound Uncooked Lean Ground Turkey

  • ¼ cup Chili Powder

  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Cumin

  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper or to taste

  • ½ (6-ounce can) Tomato Paste or passata

  • 2 (15-ounce cans) Beans (any kind) rinsed and drained

  • 1-2 cups Chicken Broth or preferred cooking liquid


  1. Heat oil in pot on medium-high heat.

  2. Add onion and sauté until tender. Stir in garlic and sauté until fragrant, stirring as needed.

  3. Add ground turkey and continue sauteing until turkey is mostly cooked through, stirring as needed.

  4. Stir in chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Saute a few minutes until ground turkey is coated and seasonings are fragrant.

  5. Add tomato paste or passata, beans, and broth. Stir everything to combine.

  6. Increase heat to high long enough to bring chili to a boil for a few minutes, stirring as needed.

  7. Reduce heat to low. Partially cover and simmer until chili thickens to your liking, stirring as needed.


Turkey chili recipe variations

  • Add more volume, texture, and flavor to this chili by dicing and sauteing 2 celery ribs and 1 bell pepper with the onions.

  • I love the combination of kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans in this recipe. Of course, any beans can be used in turkey chili.

  • Using corn in turkey chili adds texture, volume, and a hint of sweetness. Add 1 ½ cups canned, fresh, or frozen corn at the same time beans are added.

  • Create an even more complex chili flavor by adding 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder along with the other seasonings.

  • Substitute ¾ cup of broth with a 12-ounce beer. Note: dark beer creates a beautiful, dark colored chili.

  • Make this turkey chili spicy by adding 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper or ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper with the other chili seasonings. Of course, these can also be added to taste upon serving.


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