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
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 cup: 195 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 470mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g 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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mexicrave User ID: 6330181 226089
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!"

Mountaintb User ID: 7176770 217583
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!"

Sobanski User ID: 4985681 202864
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!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 22893
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!"

Roczee User ID: 4059198 202863
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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