This Turkey Chili has all the flavor of beef chili but is a healthier option. My family loves this recipe and I love feeding them a healthy delicious meal!
When college football season begins, the Saturdays at our house are fairly predictable; the TV is on and a big pot of this Turkey Chili is cooking. The recipe started with The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook, which I got as a young adult. (I won't tell you how many years ago!) I learned a lot from that book as the instructions were step-by-step and easy to follow.
As my cooking skills have developed, I've changed the recipe and added several things. This Turkey Chili is a hearty meal that goes together easily with readily available ingredients.
Many years ago, in an effort to put healthier choices in front of my family I swapped out the ground beef for ground turkey and my husband doesn't notice the difference. (If he does, he loves it just the same and hasn't said anything!)
I've served this at large gatherings and everyone always comes back for seconds!
Serve this with some delicious Cornbread!
Turkey Chili with Beans
- 1 ½ Tablespoons olive oil, or cooking oil
- 2 pounds ground turkey, you can also use ground beef or ½ and ½. If you buy turkey that is just breast meat, the amount of oil will need to be increased.
- 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
- ¼ cup diced green pepper, seeds and ribs removed. See Gr8 Note
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced. Or more if you really like that kick!
- 1 28-ounce can tomatoes, or 4 cups peeled, chopped fresh tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4-6 dashes of your favorite hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco or Tapatio. The amount depends on your "hotness" preference.
- ¼ to ⅓ cup chili powder, depends on your taste! I use less when I know my young grandkids will be eating it.
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt, I use kosher salt
- 2 17-ounce cans kidney, pinto, or black beans, your choice
- Cheddar Cheese or Monterey Jack Cheese, or both! (Not for dairy free)
- Chopped Onion
- Chopped Bell Pepper
- Diced Avocados
- Crumbled Tortilla Chips or Tortilla Strips
- Crumbled Saltine Crackers, (not for Gluten Free)
- Chopped Cilantro
- Chopped Fresh Tomatoes
- Sour Cream, (Not for dairy free)
- Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven (about 5 quarts) over medium-high heat.
- Add the ground turkey, onions, green pepper, and garlic, and cook until onion is tender, about 10-12 minutes. Stir frequently, breaking up the chunks of ground turkey.
- Add the tomatoes and their liquid, the cumin, pepper sauce, chili powder, and salt.
- Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Drain and rinse the beans then stir into the chili.
- Cook on medium until the beans are warmed through.
- Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
- Serve in soup bowls with your choice of Gr8 Toppings.
Post edited from original publication date of August 28, 2015.