A large bowl of turkey chili

Hearty Turkey Chili

 Hearty Turkey Chili is a classic go-to chili recipe made with plenty of fresh flavors and packed with protein! Kids and adults will love this ground turkey chili recipe. 

A large bowl of hearty turkey chili

Easy meals that reheat well as leftovers are our go-to weekday meals! We love meals that we can make ahead and enjoyed for lunch during the week. Slow cooker barbacoa beef tacos, chicken and wild rice soup and one pot lemon chicken pasta are a few of our favorite leftovers. Turkey chili is another classic dish that frequently makes an appearance on our leftovers menu. This hearty turkey chili recipe is perfect for the entire family!

A large bowl of turkey chili

Ground turkey chili recipe

To make this turkey chili recipe, add ground turkey, garlic, onion and green bell pepper to a large Dutch oven or saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook for about eight minutes or until the turkey is cooked through.

Add tomato paste, brown sugar and seasonings such as chili powder, cumin, orengao, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Cook for one minute then add wine, tomatoes and kidney beans. Bring the mixture to a bowl, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until thickened to your desired consistency.

Discard the bay leaves and serve with your favorite chili toppings.

Turkey chili tips

  • You can use chicken broth instead of the wine, if desired. But, the wine elevates the flavor to create the best chili recipe.
  • You can omit the brown sugar, if desired.
  • Add diced jalapeños or red chili pepper for additional spice.
  • Chili tastes great as leftovers! Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat just prior to serving.

How do you thicken turkey chili?

Chili thickens naturally while it slow cooks over low heat on the stove. To thicken, continue to cook the chili uncovered until the desired consistency is reached.

 Hearty Turkey Chili is a classic go-to chili recipe made with plenty of fresh flavors and packed with protein! This is a recipe that kids and adults will love.

Go ahead, make yourself a large batch of this ground turkey chili to share with your family and reheat throughout the week. We promise that you will want to make it again and again! Pile on your favorite chili toppings!

What do you serve over chili?

  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chives
  • Sliced jalapeños
  • Avocado
  • Guacamole
  • Tortilla chips
  • Olives
  • Salsa
  • Hot Sauce

If you love turkey chili and want to try one in the Instant Pot, try our turkey sweet potato quinoa chili! Or try this white chicken chili or butternut squash chili for something different.

Hearty Turkey Chili

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
 
Hearty Turkey Chili is a classic go-to chili recipe made with plenty of fresh flavors and packed with protein! This is a recipe that kids and adults will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • dash of salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ¼ cup Merlot or other fruity red wine
  • 28 ounce can whole tomatoes undrained and coarsely chopped
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 2 cans (15 ounce) kidney beans drained

Instructions

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, garlic, onion, and green bell pepper. Cook about 8 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through, stirring to crumble.
  2. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, dried oregano, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes and kidney beans. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Uncover and cook for 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaves.
  4. Garnish with cheese and sour cream, if desired.

Notes

  • You can use chicken broth instead of the wine, if desired. 
  • You can omit the brown sugar, if desired. 
  • Serve with your favorite toppings like avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, chives, etc.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 196, Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 420mg, Potassium: 846mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 20g, Vitamin A: 1210%, Vitamin C: 37.7%, Calcium: 99%, Iron: 4.1%

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best turkey chili, ground turkey chili, turkey chili
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