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You can never go wrong with a bowl of soup on a cold day, be it cheeseburger soup, alphabet soup or this super tasty turkey chili.
I love a spicy chili dish during the cold weather months, and this turkey chili is one of my all-time favorites. It has the perfect amount of flavorings, but it won't weigh you down. Best of all, the preparation time is minimal.
How is turkey chili made?
Start by cooking ground turkey and onions in a saucepan until the meat is cooked through and the onions are tender. Add garlic to the pot, along with the tomatoes, chicken stock, and a variety of spices. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until it thickens. Add the beans, then simmer the chili for a few more minutes. Serve the chili and enjoy!
Tips for the perfect chili
- I recommend using 93% lean ground turkey, which is a mixture of white and dark meat. I find that 99% lean turkey breast dries quickly and is not that tasty.
- This is a mild chili. If you prefer a hot chili, you can use hot chili powder or add spices in another way, such as hot sauce or crushed red pepper flakes.
- Chili stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, making this recipe perfect for preparing meals.
- I like to offer a variety of chili toppings, such as grated cheese, sour cream, green onion, chopped tomatoes, tortilla strips, and avocado.
- Aren't you a fan of beans in your chili? Skip the beans and add another 1/2 pound of ground turkey.
Turkey chili variations
This recipe is delicious as written, but you can add absolutely other ingredients to customize it to your liking.
- Protein: This recipe also works with ground beef, ground chicken, or sausage. You can also use minced or minced chicken breast, or even steak.
- Vegetables: You can add some vegetables to the mix, such as bell peppers, corn, roasted green chilies, or zucchini.
- Beans: While beans are a common addition to chili, you can use other types of beans such as pinto beans or Great Northern beans.
What do you serve with the turkey chili?
This chili is hearty enough to be independent as a main dish. The most common accompaniment for chili is corn bread. I recommend serving my cornbread with honey, or you can buy some at the store if you're short on time. Other great options include buttermilk biscuits or garlic bread. I also usually serve a simple green salad for a little freshness and nutrition. Of course, you will also want to offer many ingredients for your chili.
How can you make chili more flavorful?
There are a variety of ingredients that you can add to turkey chili to enhance the flavor.
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- Espresso powder
- Dried chiles like anchovies, chipotles, rattlesnake or guajillo.
Can you freeze the chili?
This turkey chili is a great candidate for the freezer. Freeze your chili in an airtight container or gallon-sized bag for up to 3 months. Thaw the bag overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat the chili on the stove until hot.
Slow cooker chili
You can easily adapt this recipe to make it easier to cook. Brown the turkey and onions on the stove, then place them in a slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the beans, and reduce the chicken stock to 3/4 cup. Cover and simmer for 6 hours. Add beans, then cook for another 20 minutes before serving.
Once you try this turkey chili, you'll see that it becomes part of your regular meal rotation. It is soft enough for children, but tasty enough for adults, and will satisfy even the biggest appetites.
More delicious soup recipes
- Chicken tortellini soup
- Minestrone soup
- Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
- Cabbage Soup
- Taco soup
Turkey and chili video
This turkey chili is a mixture of ground turkey, tomatoes, spices, and beans, all simmered to make a delicious and hearty meal. A lighter version of the classic chili that's easy to prepare and always gets great reviews!
Preparation time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 Calories: 206kcal
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 lbs. 93% lean ground turkey
- 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 3 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons of chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt divided
- 3/4 teaspoon of divided pepper
- 2 15-ounce cans of beans, drained and rinsed
- Ingredients such as grated cheese, sour cream, green onions, and tortilla strips.
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and season with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Cook, breaking the meat with a spoon, for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the onion to the pot and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in the pot. Bring to a simmer.
- Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the chili has thickened.
- Add beans and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Try and add more salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately with the ingredients of your choice.
Calories :: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 36 g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1165 IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2.4mg