Anytime Turkey Chili Recipe
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Anytime Turkey Chili Recipe

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I created this dish to grab the voters’ attention at a chili contest we held in our backyard. With pumpkin, brown sugar and cooked turkey, it’s like an entire Thanksgiving dinner in one bowl. –Brad Bailey of Cary, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2/3 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey breast

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 241 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 478mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 10g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, green pepper, oregano and cumin in oil until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the beans, pumpkin, tomatoes, broth, water, brown sugar, chili powder and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add turkey; heat through. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Anytime Turkey Chili in Light & Tasty October/November 2006, p41

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mecss User ID: 8200731 256621
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2016

"This recipe is a good idea, but too bland, too tasteless. I suggest you increase the spices and consider adding tomatoes with jalapenos."

Mandy257 User ID: 6312943 218548
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"Both of my kids loved this chili. DH said it was a little bland, and I kind of agreed with him. I will make it again, but I will triple the spices next time. Our family loves bold flavors. It is a little thicker than regular chili, but an excellent way to use up left over turkey."

Lor207 User ID: 978905 160213
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Wonderful flavors! Ou new favorite chili!"

Lor207 User ID: 978905 92776
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Wonderful flavors! Our new favorite chili!"

dancingmom User ID: 984555 159873
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"I was very hesitant to add the pumpkin but this was just the missing ingredient in ALL chilis! Fantastic! Just make sure you don't use the canned pumpkin pie. Use the pure pumpkin. I used 2 lbs ground turkey because that is what I had in the freezer. Just amazing! Thank you!"

laf67 User ID: 1236828 166006
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"Was very good... and not too difficult to toss together. I used ground turkey instead of cubed and added a little extra chili powder and an extra can of beans. Next time I think I will add in some corn (a suggestion from hubby). Will be making again!"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 72878
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"I really wanted to like this, but we didn't."

redplover User ID: 4305514 93216
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"Good Autumn recipe - used butternut squash in stead of pumpkin and it makes lots! Freezes well for quick meals on hand"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 143659
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"This isn't my favorite chili recipe, but it was pretty good. DH and I liked it but the kids would not eat it."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 92775
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"We did not like this at all."

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