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Anytime Turkey Chili Recipe

Anytime Turkey Chili Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

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 vegetable

Reviews for Anytime Turkey Chili

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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!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

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

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"

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."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"We did not like this at all."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009


Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"This recipe has become a regular at my house. I love the thick texture. I've substituted ground turkey at times and that comes out good as well."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2009

"I was skepticsl about the pumpkin in chili but thought it was delicious. Great use for leftover turkey breast."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2008

"What a great Chili! Cooked ground turkey ads a different texture, but is still great!"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2008

"We loved this chili! I used cooked ground turkey instead of the cubed. I pureed it for my elderly aunt and she loved it! The whole family says It is so flavorful. It's going to be a regular at our house!"

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