My Favorite Turkey Chili with Kidney Beans

January 31, 2016

I found this recipe 3 years ago and after making it at least a dozen times since, it has proved to be my favorite, hands down.  I’ve tried out numerous chili recipes over the years, but this one just seems to keep making it back into our regular rotation.  It has just the right flavor, seasonings, consistency… everything is just spot on.

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A harmonious combination of spices is key to a good chili, otherwise, you’re just eating a pot of cooked ground turkey with crushed tomatoes.  Doesn’t that sound appetizing.

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Every time I go to make this chili, I have a terrible feeling that I’ve misplaced the paper recipe from the last time.  Now, I fear not, as it has been posted on the Internet… where everything ever written stays forever!

My Favorite Turkey Chili with Kidney Beans

Recipe adapted from (August 2013)

Yield: About 8 servings



  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c. green bell pepper , diced (optional)
  • 1 tbs. tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 tbs. garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) can kidney beans; drained, rinsed and partially mashed


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Place turkey in pot and cook until evenly browned.  Stir in onion and bell peppers (if using), cook until tender.  Add garlic, stir until just fragrant.  Add tomato paste (if using) and stir.
  2. Add spices (chili powder through black pepper) to browned turkey and stir until well-coated.  Add water, tomatoes and kidney beans.
  3. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add more water if necessary.
  4. Serve in bowls with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and diced avocado on top.  We like ours with Fritos corn chips at the bottom of the bowl, before ladling chili on top (similar to a Frito pie).



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