Make a pot of tasty turkey chili with fresh veggies, spices, pinto beans and black beans. Chili is easy to make, filling, and tastes great!
Make a pot of tasty turkey chili with fresh veggies, spices, pinto beans and black beans. Chili is easy to make, filling, and tastes great!

I don’t know about where you live, but it has been cold here the past few weeks in Oregon. It’s been so cold each morning while walking our dog that I leave our house bundled up, from head to toe. My husband and I have been craving hot, comfort food meals lately due to the cold of Winter. We’ve enjoyed eating LOTS of tasty turkey chili in the past month or two!

This is a simple soup to make, and the end result is a delicious, wonderfully spiced turkey chili I think you will enjoy. Ground turkey and black and pinto beans provide protein and fiber, so it is a filling soup. Lots of fresh veggies such as tomatoes, celery, onions, and bell peppers contribute to the texture and taste of this chili, as well.

I came up with this this soup recipe after looking at lots of different recipes (including my Mom’s- a family favorite), added some new ingredients or spices here and there, and ended up with this tasty turkey chili! It’s delicious! Here’s how to make it:

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Prepare The Spice Mix

Place the chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Stir to fully combine these spices, then set aside. This will be the spice mix you will use to season the chili.

Chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and oregano are used to make spice mix for chili.

Cook The Turkey

Spray a large saucepan generously with non-stick spray.  Add one pound of ground turkey. Stir and cook on high heat until the meat has turned light brown in color and is cooked through. This usually takes about 5 minutes. Drain and discard any grease, then transfer the turkey to a bowl or plate, and cover.

Ground turkey is cooked until lightly browned and cooked through, in large saucepan.

Okay- Let’s Make Some Tasty Turkey Chili

Add a teaspoon of butter to the saucepan, and allow to melt over low heat. Stir in chopped onion, celery and red bell pepper. Cook  on LOW heat for 4 -5 minutes, stirring the veggies often until the onions are translucent. Add minced garlic to the pan and cook for an additional 30 seconds, stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn. Note: You can substitute green bell peppers for the red OR use a combination of red and green.

Chopped onion, red bell peppers and celery are cooked until softened in saucepan.Minced garlic is added to the cooked vegetables during the last minute of cooking.

Pour the spice mixture into the pan of cooked veggies. Stir to cover the veggies with the spices. Add fresh chopped tomatoes (or canned, if using), chicken broth, and 3 cups of water to the pan. Stir well, to combine ingredients. Bring this mixture to a boil, then let it simmer (uncovered) for about 20 minutes.

NOTE: If you don’t have access to enough fresh tomatoes (2½ cups chopped), you can substitute a 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes (+ juice), and it will taste great in this chili, too! I do this often, as well.

Homemade seasoning mix is added to the sautéed veggies in the saucepan.Chopped fresh tomatoes are added to the saucepan with cooked veggies and spices.

Final Steps Before Serving

Now it’s time to finish cooking this tasty turkey chili! Add the cooked turkey back into the pan, followed by the drained black beans and pinto beans. Stir well, to combine all ingredients. Take a taste, and add additional salt at this point, if desired.

Cook the tasty turkey chili for about 10 more minutes on MEDIUM heat to ensure it is fully heated through.

Cooked ground turkey is added to the chili.

Pinto and black beans are added, to finish the tasty turkey chili.

Time For A Bowl Of Tasty Turkey Chili!

Once the tasty turkey chili is hot, it’s time to serve it up and ENJOY! It tastes delicious as is, but feel free to top it with grated cheese or a dollop of sour cream if you want! Yum!

A soup mug holds a serving of the hot and tasty turkey chili, ready to eat.

I really hope you enjoy this tasty turkey chili. We love the leftovers for quick lunches, too! For us, it is a nice change from beef chili, and is a bit more healthy, thanks to the use of turkey. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll come back again soon for more delicious, family-friendly recipes. Have a GREAT day!

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Tasty Turkey Chili
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Make a pot of tasty turkey chili with fresh veggies, spices, pinto beans and black beans. Chili is easy to make, filling, and tastes great!

Category: Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: tasty turkey chili
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 264 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Spice Mix:
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
For Rest Of Chili:
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • salt/pepper for seasoning turkey, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper or combo of red/green
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • cups fresh chopped tomatoes or 28 oz. can diced +juice
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 15..25 ounce can black beans , rinsed/drained
  • 15.5 ounce can pinto beans rinsed/drained
  • additional salt if needed, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine, then set aside.

  2. Spray large saucepan with non-stick spray.  Add ground turkey; stir/cook on high heat until it turns light brown in color and is cooked through (about 5 min.). Drain and discard any grease, then transfer turkey to a bowl or plate, and cover.

  3. Add butter to saucepan; melt over low heat. Stir in chopped onion, celery and red pepper. Cook  on LOW heat 4 -5 minutes, stirring often until onions are translucent. Add garlic; cook for 30 seconds, stirring so garlic doesn't burn.

  4. Add spices; stir to combine. Now add fresh tomatoes (or canned, if using), chicken broth, and 3 cups of water to pan. Stir well, to combine ingredients. Bring to a boil, then let simmer (uncovered) for about 20 minutes.

  5. Add cooked turkey back into pan, followed by black beans and pinto beans. Stir well, to combine. Taste; add additional salt, if desired. Cook chili about 10 more minutes on MEDIUM heat to ensure it's fully heated through. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Approximately 1½ cups per serving. Salt was not calculated in the sodium percentage as amounts people use may vary greatly.

Nutrition Facts
Tasty Turkey Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 551mg24%
Potassium 1048mg30%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 2067IU41%
Vitamin C 51mg62%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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