Best Ever Turkey Chili

Happy Sunday, friends. Today I'm sharing my mom's recipe for turkey chili. This is a no frills recipe, but I happen to think it's the best chili ever. It won the taste-test award in our church's chili contest several years ago, so it's the real deal.

I'm feeling limited on writing inspiration today, so I thought I'd do a sort of "taking stock" post following the lead of some of my favorite bloggers. (KatieJen & Bridget)

Making: plans for our Italy trip. We're spending Christmas there and I can't wait!!
Drinking: lots and lots of La Croix. I'm officially obsessed.
Reading: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
Wanting: all the new food blogger cookbooks--Seriously Delish, Homemade DecadenceTop with Cinnamon, & Date Night In.
Watching: Parks and Rec. I love Amy Poehler and really want to read her new book.
Listening: to the song "Married Life" from the movie Up. Sob.
Eating: chili leftovers and leftovers from this soup I made it for Adam earlier in the week. He wasn't feeling well and specifically requested it. I think it's one of our all time favorites.

Wishing: I had more hours in the day.
Enjoying: hot tea and candles in the evening. They make me feel cozy.
Loving: Saturday afternoon drives with Adam.
Hoping: I get to see more of old friends in the next couple months.
Needing: more of this fantastic arugula, pear and goat cheese salad with pomegranate vinaigrette that my friend Steph brought to dinner Friday.

Feeling: sooo excited about the new blog logo and thankful for my sister who helped me install it.
Wearing: this comfy and pretty sweatshirt.
Noticing: how beautiful the leaves are.
Bookmarking: this overnight pumpkin spice cinnamon roll loaf and this green-lentil soup with coconut milk and indian spices.

Would love it if you'd share what you're making/drinking/reading/wanting/watching/listening/eating/wishing/enjoying/
loving/hoping/needing/feeling/wearing/noticing/bookmarking this week!

Best Ever Turkey Chili

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground turkey (I used 15% fat)
5 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
pinch of cayenne powder
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 28oz can tomato puree (sauce)
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 12oz can beef broth
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
juice of one lime

suggested toppings: shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips, cornbread, hot sauce

Add olive oil to a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes or so or until turning translucent. Add green pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.  Add minced garlic and ground turkey. Increase heat to medium high and cook until turkey is browned, stirring frequently.

Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook 1 minute.

Add in tomato puree, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, oregano, paprika, and beef broth.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 45 minutes or longer. Before serving, add kidney beans and black beans and heat through.  Turn off the heat and add the lime juice. Taste and add salt, chili powder, cumin, or cayenne as needed.


  • This chili could easily be made in the crockpot. Just cook the meat separately first and then add everything to the crockpot. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • This recipe is for turkey chili, but you could of course substitute ground beef. This recipe also doubles well. Sometimes when I double it, I use 1 pound of ground turkey and 1 pound of ground beef. 


  1. I feel like I learned so much about you in this one post! What a fantastic idea! I shall follow in your footsteps soon ;). I, too, LOVE your new logo! So pretty!! And so jealous that you'll be going to Italy soon...Take me with you!!
    As for this chili, moms sure know best, don't they? Looks so hearty and

  2. Chili always makes me feel better about life at this time of year. I could curl up with a big bowl of this!

  3. Love the new header! It super cute! This chili looks great! I'm a big fan of it during the colder months :D

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