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This Turkey chili recipe is a true 30 minute meal and is soon to be one of your favorites! Especially in the winter months, I love a good chili. The warmth and delicious rich flavor just brings me so much comfort!
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Best Turkey Chili Recipe
Luckly, chili is one of those dishes that is also extremely quick and easy to make. It’s easy to store for a nice bowl of chili on the go, and makes for a gourmet tasting meal that no one will know only took you thirty minutes.
- Turkey- Ground.
- Onion- Medium-sized and diced.
- Spices: Cumin, Salt, Chili Powder, Pepper, Garlic powder, Cayenne pepper
- Green chilis- Diced.
- Canned tomatoes- Crushed.
- Canned black beans- You can also use pinto or kidney beans.
- Chicken stock – I prefer low sodium stock
How to Make my Turkey Chili Recipe
- Cook the turkey: Add ground turkey to a medium soup pot or dutch oven. Break it up into small bite-sized pieces. Then, add the onion and cook over medium high heat until turkey is almost cooked through and onion is almost translucent (about 5-7 minutes). Drain fat if needed.
- Add spices: Add the spices to the turkey and onion mixture and stir it evenly.
- Combine the rest of the chili ingredients: Add the diced green chilies, crushed tomatoes, beans with their liquid, and chicken stock. Stir everything together thoroughly.
- Bring chili to a boil: Cover and bring mixture to a boil.
- Cook the chili fully: Cook the chili fully, stirring it often with the pot partially covered. Do this until the mixture thickens and flavors meld together, about 15-20 minutes (longer if desired). It will start to look more like a chili and get thick when it’s about done.
- Season: Add additional salt, pepper and/or cayenne as desired.
- Serve: Serve hot with chopped onions and cheddar cheese for some extra flavor.
Add a small amount of cayenne and then add more to taste after it cooks a bit! It’ll get spicier as it cooks.
The secret to making good chili is seasoning it up nice and making sure it fully thickens while cooking! Chili should always be rich and hearty, never soupy! Adding the right flavors and enough seasoning is always the key to a great chili.
The kind of base you use can really bring out the chili. In this case we used chicken stock, when you cook it with meat for an appropriate amount of time it really allows all the flavors to combine and enhance one another. Feel free to use any stock that you like!
Store any leftover chili in the fridge in an airtight container. It should stay fresh for up to 4 days after.
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Turkey Chili Recipe
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 small or ½ medium onion diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼-½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 ounce can diced green chilies
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 15 ounce can black beans or pinto or kidney beans
- 1 cup chicken stock
- Add ground turkey to a medium soup pot or dutch oven. Break up into small pieces. Add the onion and cook over medium high heat until turkey is almost cooked through and onion is almost translucent (about 5-7 minutes). Drain fat if needed.
- Add the spices to the turkey and onion mixture; stir.
- Add diced green chilies, crushed tomatoes, beans with their liquid, and chicken stock. Stir.
- Cover and bring mixture to a boil.
- Cook, stirring often, with pot partially covered, until mixture thickens and flavors meld, about 15-20 minutes (longer if desired).
- Add additional salt, pepper and/or cayenne as desired.
- Serve hot with chopped onions and cheddar cheese.
- Note: you can use ground beef if you prefer. Use any fat content, although I normally use 93% lean meat.
- Use any kind of beans – black beans are our favorite but pinto or kidney beans are great!
- Vegetable stock or beef stock can be used. We usually use low sodium stock.
Easy Turkey Chili Recipe – make homemade chili in 30 minutes! This is such a simple 30 minute meal – a great weeknight dinner.
Last Updated on January 3, 2023