Turkey Chili

5 from 57 reviews

This Family Friendly Ground Turkey Chili is perfectly seasoned and slow simmered for a thick robust finish. Make a big hot pot today and get ready to hear the accolades.


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/81/4  teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes or diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) dark red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Brown the ground turkey in a Dutch Oven or heavy stock pot over medium heat. When the ground turkey is about halfway browned add the onion and continue cooking until soft; about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium low. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, parika, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth, kidney beans and brown sugar.  Simmer for 35-45 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • I prefer using ground turkey which has both dark and white meat ground in it.  The ground turkey breast it too lean and lacks flavor.
  • Ground beef and ground pork can be substituted for the ground turkey.
  • Instead of trying to tilt the large pot over and drain the fat out simply lean it a little bit until the fat drains to one side and use a paper towel to absorb the excess grease.  It is so much easier and you won’t lose any of the meat while trying to get rid of the fat.
  • Adjust the seasonings to your taste.  If you love spicy food be sure to read the section above on kicking up the heat.
  • To make it in a slow cooker simply follow the recipe up to and including the step where you add the garlic and other spices.  Once that step is complete transfer everything over to a slow cooker.  Add the remaining ingredients (except for the beans) and cook on low for about 5 hours then add the beans and cook for 1 hour.

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