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Game Day Turkey Chili

Everything you want in a bowl of chili, easy to make, filled with protein and veggies, and packed with flavor.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • large stockpot


  • 2 lbs. ground turkey dark meat, preferably
  • 2 cans beans, 15 ounces each pinto, black, or mix
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch ground cloves optional
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes and their juices
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper


  • In a large, heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Add the ground turkey along with a big pinch of salt and brown, breaking up as it cooks.
  • When nicely browned and cooked through, remove from the pot and set aside.
  • If the pot looks dry, add another tablespoon of oil. Add the tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds, stirring.
  • Add the onion, celery, peppers, and garlic and saute until the vegetables are tender and translucent, about six minutes.
  • Add the spices, another teaspoon of salt, and a few cracks of black pepper and stir until fragrant, about one minute.
  • Add the tomatoes and juices and cook for another minute.
  • Transfer the cooked meat back to the pot along with the beans and 3-4 cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Taste and add salt if needed.
  • Cover and simmer for one hour.
  • Taste for seasoning before serving, then serve garnished with sliced green onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, cilantro, lime, avocado... whatever you'd like.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword chili
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