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Turkey Chili Recipe

Turkey Chili Recipe

I've taken my mother's milder recipe for chili and made it thicker and more robust. It's a favorite, especially in fall and winter. —Celesta Zanger, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless pasta sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) hot chili beans, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • Sour cream, optional


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook and crumble turkey with celery, onion and pepper over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in seasonings, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, chili beans, water and corn.
  • 2. Cook, covered, on high 1 hour. Reduce setting to low; cook, covered, until flavors are blended, 5-6 hours.
  • 3. Stir in kidney and pinto beans; cook, covered, on low 30 minutes longer. If desired, serve with sour cream. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 200 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 535mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 8g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

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sugarpie68 User ID: 1146476 242316
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"I made this tonight. It was so delicious! The only thing I did different was use mild chili beans instead of hot because I don't like things really spicy. It was still very flavorful. I'll be making this again."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 217774
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"I used ground venison instead of turkey and it turned out fantastic!"

bzdz1128 User ID: 2029232 107693
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014 Edited Jan. 5, 2014

"I made this today. I didn't add this or leave out that, just followed and it was absolutely delicious. My wife is from Texas and usually makes the chili, but is sick, so I made this and she loved it, me too!! Great recipe!"

huntinglady User ID: 4759101 41002
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"This was the best chili I have ever had. I'm always looking for a good chili recipe and had yet to find one that is until now. The only thing different I did was omitted the green peppers (husband does't like), corn (I don't like) used medium chili beans as that is what I had on hand and didn't use the sour cream. I think it was the spaghetti sauce that made this recipe really good. It will be my go to chili recipe from now on. Thank you Celesta for sharing."

BBagins User ID: 6075631 131865
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"This was delicious! I used jalapeno peppers from a jar instead of the hot chili beans because I didn't have any. I used about 2 Tbsp chopped. At first it seemed like it was going to be too hot, but when we put it together with rice and sour cream on top, it was perfect!"

nikkibonnay User ID: 1199969 35867
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"This was my first pot of chili and I served it to friends and everyone really liked it."

tiffanyrn77 User ID: 3812570 59940
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2009

"This was my first attemp to make chili. My family was so impressed. It is so deliciouse. I questioned adding corn but I am glad I did."

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