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 (trace saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 478mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 10g fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 3 lean meat 1 vegetabl


  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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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."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Wonderful flavors! Ou new favorite chili!"

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Wonderful flavors! Our new favorite chili!"

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!"

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!"

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