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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. 

Ingredients Needed

  • 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
chili in a black pan with garnish on top

How to Make my Turkey Chili Recipe

  1. 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.
  2. Add spices: Add the spices to the turkey and onion mixture and stir it evenly.
  3. 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.
  4. Bring chili to a boil: Cover and bring mixture to a boil.
  5. 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. 
  6. Season: Add additional salt, pepper and/or cayenne as desired.
  7. Serve: Serve hot with chopped onions and cheddar cheese for some extra flavor. 

What Goes Well With Turkey Chili? 

The great thing about chili is that it is fully customizable! I love to decorate my chili with all sorts of yummy toppings. The toppings I like best are:

  • Different kinda of shredded cheese
  • Chives or green onions
  • Sour cream 
  • Chopped avocado
  • Sliced jalapeñoo

Feel free to customize and see what you like best! I love to serve my chili with some sort of bread, my daughter always requests cornbread to go with it.

chili in a white bowl

Expert Tip

Add a small amount of cayenne and then add more to taste after it cooks a bit! It’ll get spicier as it cooks.

FAQs

What is the secret to making good chili?

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. 

What brings out the flavor in 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!

How do you store leftover chili?

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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30 minute turkey chili

Turkey Chili Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Turkey Chili is the perfect easy dinner recipe! This is an easy 30 minute meal that's perfect for a weeknight. Make with ground beef and your choice of beans for an easy pantry meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Recipe Notes

  • 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.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 999mg | Potassium: 904mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 412IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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

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