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Family-Pleasing Turkey Chili Recipe

Family-Pleasing Turkey Chili Recipe

My children really love this recipe, and it's become one of their favorite comfort foods. It's relatively inexpensive, and leftovers are wonderful! —Sheila Christensen, San Marcos, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-3/4 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional toppings: reduced-fat sour cream and minced fresh cilantro


  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the turkey, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • 2. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, broth, corn, tomato paste, chili powder, pepper, cumin and garlic powder.
  • 3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Serve with optional toppings if desired. Yield: 6 servings (2-1/4 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (calculated without optional toppings) equals 349 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 725 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 12 g fiber, 27 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable.

Reviews for Family-Pleasing Turkey Chili

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"I thought this was a decent base, but will need some tweaking. I only used 1/2 tbsp of chili powder and since I prefer a thicker chili I drained the tomatoes and only used about 1/3 of the can of chicken broth. I think next time I will add in some garlic salt (I didn't taste much garlic) and some other various spices (haven't figured out what yet). Otherwise, a decent, solid chili. We put ours over rice and top with cheddar cheese. Yum!"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"This is my families favorite chili recipe. My husband loves this makes it at least twice a month."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"This is a very simple and great tasting . Healthy"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014 Edited Jan. 10, 2015

"This is my new favorite chili recpie. I have made it in the crockpot and Dutch oven cooked on low. I used two pounds of turkey and added a little tomato juice."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"Very easy to make and yummy."

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"Just had oral surgery and wanted chili. Had all these ingredients except kidney beans. Turned out great and was easy on the mouth. My hubby spiced his up, but I ate mine as is with a little sour cream."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

"Very good & easy to make."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Very good, will make again. Thanks for the recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"Very delicious & very easy to make"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"This recipe is so good. I was not able to cook it in the crock pot, but cooked it on top of the stove for about 1 hour instead. It is delicious coming from a not so crazy about turkey/chicken dishes. My man loved it too."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"I've been looking for a good chili using ground turkey and this one was quite good."

Reviewed Jun. 25, 2013

"good and easy"

Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"Very good! I doubled the black pepper and the cumin to give it more zip."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"I have already made this chili several times since printing the recipe. We love it, it's perfect!!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"Love this recipe. Very easy to throw together in the morning before work and come home to the house smelling so good! My husband said it is his favorite chili that I have made, and my 3 year old, who is typically very picky, ate his whole bowl! Definitely a keeper."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2013

"I forgot the diced tomatoes but had sauce so I added that. Maybe less sauce or more chili powder if I do that again but my 10-yr old loved it & my husband and I just spiced it up. Delish, healthy, cheap & easy!!"

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"Delicious especially on a cold snowy day in New England. This is now in my recipe box, it defiantly is "Family Pleasing Turkey Chili." Serve with corn bread - yum. Thank you for sharing with us Sheila. Danielle"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"I loved this recipe. I used a red pepper instead of green. So easy to throw together!"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

"This is a delicious, healthy and easy recipe. I will make this again!"

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2012

"excellent chilie. I never eat leftovers, bu I ate this three days in a row for lunch. was disapointed when I ran out. A week later I was craving this.. Will make double batch and freeze in single servings."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"I thought this was very good. I really enjoyed it."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"My husband and I loved this recipe, my children on the other hand didnt think it was very good."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"Made this for a potluck at work and every enjoyed."

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"Great and easy recipe. I too left out the green pepper and used red instead."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"I made this for my Dad who was recently diagnosed w/ diabetes and he's having trouble changing his diet. He really liked this recipe. Everyone was very surprised! I did change just a few things: used red instead of green pepper, used fire roasted tomatoes and organic hot beans."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"I'm looking for healthier recipes to add to my menu and this one stood out and I had to try it. It is sweeter than my chili recipe but very good. I shared some with my parents and they both enjoyed it too! Dad asked for the recipe! This one is going in the book to make again soon! Next time I would add more pepper and maybe more chili powder, but that's only because of my own taste preference."

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