Spicy Turkey Chili Recipe
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Spicy Turkey Chili Recipe

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"This peppery chili is not for the faint of stomach," assures Margaret Shauers of Great Bend, Kansas. "It's saucy and satisfying---according to my daughter, it's the one thing she can taste when she has a cold. It also freezes very well," adds Margaret.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:12-14 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 2 pounds ground turkey or turkey sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) chili beans, undrained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth or beer
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • Dash cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 195 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 470 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 14 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, cook the turkey, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add remaining ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yield: 12-14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Spicy Turkey Chili in Quick Cooking November/December 1998, p42

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Reviewed May. 9, 2015

"I love spicy food and I particularly liked that this recipe called for ground turkey instead of beef. I used both instead of beer. I've never cooked with beer and now I'm wondering if it gives dishes a distinct taste. If so, I might try it with beer next time. Great Recipe!"

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Made it just as directed. My family loves spicy food and they loved this chili! Used the beer and everyone loved the taste. I have to admit I did not eat the chili as I am a vegetarian but it smelled awesome cooking. This recipe is a keeper and healthy!"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"My family loved the chili. I did not add the jalapeno pepper and still found it spicy enough. In addition, I did not add the cinnamon. I will definitely make this again!"

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013 Edited Sep. 5, 2015

"I added sliced herbed/garlic chicken sausage to the ground turkey; used 16 oz. diced organic tomatoes pureed with the tomato sauce. I skipped the broth and the cinnamon and used 1/8 teaspoon Dave's Insanity Hot Sauce instead of the jalape?o. Heated in a crockpot for our fellowship. It was scarfed!"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"will for sure be repeating this recipe, again,and again.

It is a winner. Edna..Waterford, MI."

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