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Simple Turkey Chili Recipe
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Simple Turkey Chili
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Simple Turkey Chili

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"This is a very simple and hearty chili with plenty of flavor. It's even better the second day! I serve this with lowfat Cheddar cheese and lowfat sour cream. It's also delicious with crackers."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion, and cook until tender.
  2. Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans, and garlic. Season chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 06, 2006

This recipe was fantastic, though I added my own touches... Used a can of mild chili beans besides the kidneys, and mashed half of each can. Added a 4 oz. can of mild green chilies. Also diced half a green pepper and did not cook it or the onion until all the ingredients were mixed. Cut the water in half to make it thicker and heartier, and added a dash of cinnamon. We are definitely saving this recipe - it is the best we've tried so far! Edit: I've made this a second time now, this time in the slow-cooker. We did not change anything except to add a little more water. We left it on low for the day (8 hrs).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 03, 2011

I've got a double batch of this in my crockpot now. Instead of water, I used organic chicken broth and I also used black beans instead of kidney only because that was what I had on hand. The chili powder I used was california ground chili powder which has all the flavor of chili powder with half the heat. (You can find it in the "mexican" aisle of your supermarket hanging from a j-hook in a cellophane package.) I'll update my review once we've had this for supper. EDITED: I had a bowl of this for lunch. For me, this wasn't chili, more like taco soup. It didn't really have much to it. This was okay, I think it needs a little more of something. Not sure what, though.

Jan 09, 2007

This chili is a great version of it on the healthier side! I add some assorted veggies like carrots and peppers and onions to it- 1 cup of each to make it heartier and meet my daily veggie requirements

Nov 27, 2006

Great recipes with these adjustments. Sauteeed chopped onion and minced garlic in olive oil. Then added ground turkey. Cooked with a montreal dry steak seasoning I use with turkey. Added in a little extra tomatoes, left out water & chili powder, added double the cumim, and two tablespoons of brown sugar. Simmered for 2 hrs (checking taste and adjusting seasonings slightly if needed) and served with shreded cheese and crackers for friends and my son. Was *gone* and had recipe requests afterwards. I so adore this site!

Dec 29, 2007

This chili was perfect for a cold night. While I cooked the turkey meat, I added the onions and garlic. I didn't mash the kidney beans and added a can of black beans and corn. Instead of water, I used chicken broth. You have to tweak this recipe to your liking with the spices.

Oct 29, 2005

I REALLY liked this! It's a great recipe for ground turkey if you don't want it to taste like turkey--it tastes just like chili. My only suggestion would be to be wary of how much cayenne pepper you put in. I used the called for amount and it was too 'hot' for my son. I'll definatly make this again.

Jan 22, 2007

My wife just loved it... To avoid it being too soupy I added a can of chili beans in addition to the kidney beans. To give it a more unique flavor I added: 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cinammon 2 seeded and chopped jalapenos 1 seeded and chopped green bell pepper. I also suggest using red onion instead of a white onion. Enjoy!!!

Apr 11, 2006

very good flavor...Will make again and again and again! used black beans instead of kidney, only because I prefer the presentation of black beans.


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  • Calories
  • 185 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 6.4 g
  • 26%
  • Protein
  • 16.4 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 450 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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