Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe

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When I needed a hearty dish for a benefit cook-off at work, I decided on this recipe but substituted ground turkey for the beef. Everyone raved about the delicious flavor, and many people requested the recipe.—Judith Southcombe, Aurora, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 5 pounds ground turkey
  • 6 cups chopped celery
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 envelopes (1-3/4 ounces each) chili seasoning
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 234 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 349mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, brown turkey; drain. Add the celery, peppers and onions; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add the next four ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours. Add beans; heat through. Yield: 24 servings (6 quarts).
Originally published as Chunky Turkey Chili in Taste of Home August/September 1996, p54

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