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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.


  • 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


  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.


  • 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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