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Traditional Chili with Ground Turkey Recipe
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Traditional Chili with Ground Turkey

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"A traditional style chili that can be made with ground turkey or ground beef. I have made this recipe with ground beef and ground turkey, and they both have a similar flavor. Delicious with sweet corn bread and shredded Cheddar cheese. After the initial cooking on the stove, you can easily transfer this to a slow cooker."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 55 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the ground turkey. Cook and stir until the turkey is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in the onion, green and red bell peppers, and jalapeno peppers. Cook and stir until the onion is softened and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, sugar, salt, black pepper, and thyme. Continue to cook until fragrant, about 8 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the beef broth, pinto beans, red beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer until thickened, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a thinner chili, cover the pot when simmering.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 07, 2011

I tried this on my hubby and mom and they were impressed! Just the right amount of "kick" from the jalapenos. Things I changed were omitting the bell pepper and using black beans in place of the pinto beans. It was excellent! Will definitely be making this again. (I also transferred to a slow cooker after the meat mixture had cooked).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 20, 2013

Well this chili was the first I've ever made and probably will be the last time I make this recipe. I used dry beans in lieu of canned and I would use more ground meat, way too beany for me and my husband. The flavor was good though.

Oct 16, 2011

This chili came out great. I did not use the bell peppers or they thyme, but I followed everything else in the recipe. Pretty simple, I will definately make this again.

Oct 01, 2011

great on a cold, rainy, fall day! I doubled the jalapeno peppers and threw in a can of beer. Plus put it in the crock pot on high for the afternoon. If you like spicy, this will clear out your sinuses!

Sep 08, 2012

This chili recipe is delicious. I will definitely make this again with the ground turkey. I only made slight substitutions for ingredients I had on hand: small can of mild chopped green chilies instead of the jalapeno peppers, black beans instead of the pinto beans. I added a few drops of hot sauce to make it a little spicier. As mentioned in the directions, I left the lid off while simmering so it was thickened the way I like it. Thank you.

Mar 08, 2012

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this chilli. By far the best chilli recipe I've found so far :) wouldn't change a thing. Thanks Jessica Lynn this ones a keeper.

Jan 05, 2012

Made this tonight and it turned out great! I used what I had and had to omit the bell peppers, jalapenos, sugar, thyme and pinto beans. Used water instead of beef broth and used stewed tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes. I didn't use the exact amounts of seasonings listed here, but I think it's dependent on your own taste anyway. Thanks for the easy and tasty recipe that I'll keep using!

Dec 31, 2011

Great recipe! I doubled it and used an Oktoberfest beer. Awesome for a cold winter day.


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  • Calories
  • 373 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.7 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 14.7 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 10.9 g
  • 43%
  • Protein
  • 25.8 g
  • 52%
  • Sodium
  • 1560 mg
  • 62%

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

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