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Spicy and Thick Turkey Chili Recipe
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Spicy and Thick Turkey Chili

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"I love a spicy and thick chili during fall and winter months; this recipe (made with ground turkey) kicks butt! The cocoa powder is the secret ingredient! Works best to have all your ingredients chopped drained and ready before you start, as it thickens up pretty fast over the heat."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 25 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onions, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and garlic in hot oil until the onion is translucent, 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Crumble ground turkey into small pieces and add to the pot. Place a cover on the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until turkey is cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  3. Season turkey with chili powder, oregano, paprika, cumin, seasoned salt, red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, and cocoa powder. Add diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, red chili beans, black beans, tomato paste, light beer, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and tomato juice to the pot. Loosely cover the pot and cook mixture at a simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened but still moist, for about 1 hour. Stir reserved liquid from diced tomatoes with green chilies into chili as it simmers to keep it from becoming too dry.
  4. Stir hot pepper sauce through the chili. Reduce heat to low and cook another 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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Feb 05, 2013

This is so close to my own chili recipe that I knew we'd love it. The only change I made was two cans of black beans, just didn't have the red beans and an orange bell pepper or yellow can't remember, but these would not alter the taste. I've never added Worcestershire sauce or liquid smoke to my chili that I recall and it gave nice rustic flavor to the chili, the cocoa is my secret ingredient also ;-). Oh for the oregano I used my garden fresh instead of dry. Everybody loved this chili and sent the leftovers home with the kiddos for another meal. Only change that I'd make is to throw in a nice jalapeno pepper next time. Thanks ctooch99 for the recipe.

Jun 11, 2014

Yummy! Added 3 Serrano peppers, garnish with homemade guacamole, sour cream, sharp cheddar, tomato, cilantro, and lime. Big hit with the roomie and boyfriend, saving this recipe!

Mar 16, 2013

This is a nice variation on the turkey black bean chili I usually make. LOTS of ingredients, but it had good flavor. I cut way back on the red pepper flakes and it was still plenty spicy for us. Also used chicken broth instead of beer because I didn't have light beer.

Nov 11, 2014

Spicy & Thick Turkey Chili Haiku: "there's just too much stuff. A good chili nonetheless. Yup, spicy & thick." We liked this chili, but I just felt the ingredient list was unneccessarily long, but to save on time, I mixed all of the dry ingredients together in a small tupperware the night b4 (still not sure how a mere tsp of cocoa powder is the "secret ingredient" according to the recipe submitter, but I included it too.) I prefer to have my chilis going in the crockpot all day, so my family was surprised to come home to see chili in a large pot on the stovetop rather than chirping in the slow-cooker, and as thick as it was, I'm glad that it WAS in a pot so that I could keep my eye on it and stir it frequently. I won't lie - it was a delicious chili, but not so earth-shattering that I'd follow the ingredient list to the letter next time I make it.

Oct 27, 2014

Love this recipe. Turkey chili is so good- all the great chili taste without the grease. This recipe has a long ingredient list, but the result is well worth it -- a rich, memorable flavor. I think this has become my new #1 favorite chili recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 458 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.7 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 17.1 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 14.6 g
  • 59%
  • Protein
  • 32.7 g
  • 65%
  • Sodium
  • 1823 mg
  • 73%

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

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