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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): 349 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 725mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 12g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable.

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Lisa User ID: 8977168 257504
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"This recipe is fantastic!!!! The name of the recipe says it all...definitely a family pleasing favorite!

I do not add the corn & sometimes I add 1 to 3 tablespoons of McCormick's chili powder, depending of how spicy we want it. And I do different variations of beans. Pinto, white with kidney. Or Kidney, white & pinto or black beans.
My son who has always been a picky eater loves this chili!! In addition to the cheese, sour cream, cilantro, & onions, we add chili cheese Fritos. It is great without the toppings as well along with homemade cornbread. Yummy good!!!"

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 240738
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!"

justme2000 User ID: 5960602 237620
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

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

britt1992 User ID: 1702978 235766
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

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

cbybee User ID: 3897502 214167
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."

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 145042
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"Very easy to make and yummy."

DDDianeHClark User ID: 7946762 185095
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."

2princesses2luv User ID: 4369472 171824
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

"Very good & easy to make."

tiger976 User ID: 5773271 186703
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

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

LuluLeMaster User ID: 7466403 211047
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"Very delicious & very easy to make"

RedheadBuckeye User ID: 6403344 115415
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."

ifreed User ID: 5994280 211046
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

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

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 126130
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2013

"good and easy"

joedebfry User ID: 265172 185092
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

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

trixier User ID: 4684272 171822
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

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

bseegar User ID: 6844570 183323
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."

Kailove77 User ID: 7104184 184899
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!!"

suechef2 User ID: 5991841 167672
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"

2princesses2love User ID: 652335 183311
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

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

PrincessM7 User ID: 6044679 145041
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

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

BJCULP User ID: 6392207 117772
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."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 115414
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

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

jenrunn User ID: 5712696 211045
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

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

skb cooking User ID: 5191780 115410
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

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

cborngrebe User ID: 338556 115409
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

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

DeeRae67 User ID: 4563067 166132
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."

kkooy User ID: 1463084 126129
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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