Thick Turkey Bean Chili Recipe

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"When our daughters wouldn't eat the spicy chili beans I prepared, I came up with this milder, slightly sweet version," notes Keri Scofield Lawson of Fullerton, California. "They love eating the hearty chili as a dip with tortilla chips. I never have leftovers."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) baked beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) sloppy joe sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon each garlic powder, salt and pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 213 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 13g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, brown the turkey until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, sloppy joe sauce, tomatoes, brown sugar and seasonings. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until heated through. Serve with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Thick Turkey Bean Chili in Quick Cooking January/February 1999, p40

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Pickyeater User ID: 4200103 32147
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I've made this recipe several times. It's very easy to make and takes little time."

kelly_colpitts User ID: 2561259 51902
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"I love this recipe. I've made it multiple times and people always love it. Instead of using the garlic powder, I've added a clove of garlic (minced) to the ground turkey while browning it."

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