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The Best Turkey Chili Recipe
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The Best Turkey Chili

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"This is just the best tasting chili. My family prefers it over beef chili. I like to put out toppings such as chopped onion, cilantro, chopped bell pepper, cheese, and sour cream and let everyone serve themselves."

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Original recipe makes 14 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 15 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. Cook and stir the ground turkey in a large pot over medium heat until crumbly and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, onion, garlic, and red wine. Season with chili powder, cumin, parsley, oregano, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 2 hours. Stir the chili occasionally as it simmers. Remove and discard bay leaves before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 18, 2011

This was my first time making chili, and the recipe was a great guide. I used 1 lb of ground turkey and 1 lb of ground chicken because that's what I had in the fridge. Worked great. I added some extra garlic and cooked the garlic and onion for a few minutes and then browned the meat in the same pot. After putting it all together, I put it in my crockpot on low for about 4. I also added about a tbsp (or a lil more) of fire-roasted chopped green chilies. The fam loved it! Thanks for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 11, 2011

I use this recipe now and again because I always have all of the ingredients in the pantry. That being said, it always turns out pretty bland and I end up having to almost double the seasoning. It's good, just needs some help!

Jan 10, 2011

Good recipe. I've made a turkey chili similar to this for a few years. I find the proportions here are substantially similar. Some of the time, I have to omit the bay leaf (personal taste) and tone down the red pepper flakes and add a bit of garlic. But all in all, this recipe is fine. Thank you for sharing.

Sep 21, 2014

This is almost just like I make. The only difference is I sautee a chopped green bell pepper in with the onions. I also use a jar of black bean salsa (or whatever salsa I have on hand) instead of the can of tomato sauce & add a pinch of brown sugar. My daughter likes corn in chili, so I add that too! :) My latest addition is chilies in Adobo sauce. Adds a nice smokey authentic taste! Add to your taste though, they can get hot if too many.

Feb 14, 2011

We are on a low cal. diet and this was the best recipe for turkey chili. It has a lot of favor. I can eat only one cup and it satisfies.

Jan 25, 2011

I guess you like your chili spicy because we used 2 tablespoons of chili powder and we couldn't eat it because it was so spicy. Did you use a specific type of chili powder?

Jan 18, 2011

I make this about the same, but I like to add whole canned mushrooms and pork and beans with molassas.I add a couple packages of already made chili spice you can buy at any store instead of the cumin, parsley and oregano. The combination is perfect. All in all an awesome recipe. Thank you for sharing.

Mar 01, 2011

Amazingly delicious! I followed recipe exactly and the flavor is delicious!!! Never had chili with red wine in it. A fun variation to my regular chili. Will definitely make again!


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  • Calories
  • 214 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.2 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 48 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 5.8 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 7.7 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 19.6 g
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 562 mg
  • 22%

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

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