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Easy Turkey Chili

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This easy, hearty turkey chili is made with ground turkey, beans and the perfect blend of spices!  It’s packed with protein and flavor and the perfect, cold-weather meal that will satisfy your craving for comfort food! 

Aren’t the holidays just the best? Even though the season is wrapping up, I am still feeling the holiday cheer. Do you all feel the same? I wish that joyful, warm, loving feeling could last forever. Over here, we’re still relaxing and enjoying time together as a family… trying to keep that Christmas spirit as long as possible!

Our kids are still on break from school which means we have no set schedule, no places to be and just time to hang out. How often does that ever happen?!

turkey chili recipe

I feel very lucky to have the option to stay home with my family at this time, especially because it is absolutely freezing outside. Winter is here for sure! We saw a few flurries on Christmas but the 30 degree weather has yet to bring enough snow to cover the ground. We have had the fireplace roaring to keep out the chill and I have been serving up warm, filling comfort foods all week long.  Speaking of which, my latest creation was a super easy turkey chili that was hearty and hot; a perfect winter food!

So if you’re looking for a tasty, cold-weather meal, you should definitely give this easy turkey chili a try.

There is not much hands-on kitchen work that you need to do to make this delicious chili. In fact, once you have everything in the pot, you can walk away, sip some cocoa by the fire and come back in 30 minutes to a perfectly cooked meal (this is exactly what I did yesterday!)

turkey chili ingredients

To get the chili going, heat the olive oil and onions in a large Dutch oven and cook until the onions are nice and soft. Then, add the turkey and cook it until no longer pink.

I like to chop up the meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks so that the turkey pieces are nice and small. The seasonings are mixed into the cooked turkey, then the tomato sauce, chicken broth and canned beans are poured in.

easy turkey chili

Once the chili is boiling, your work is done! Just 30-45 minutes of low simmering and your winter dinner is ready.

My recipe calls for a good amount of cumin, chili powder and cayenne. Everyone in my family enjoys a chili with a good, spicy kick to it, which is why I always add extra spices. A bland chili just will not do in our house! However, if you are not a huge fan of spice, feel free to cut back. You can cut the spice quantities in half then taste the chili after the 30 minutes of simmering. Add more spices at this point, making it perfect for your pallet.

easy turkey chili

If you want to make this recipe even easier, you can try making it in your slow cooker or crockpot. Brown the turkey and onions in the oil in a sauté pan over high heat. Once the veggies and meat have a nice caramel color, place them in the bowl of the slow cooker. Toss all of the ingredients, except the canned beans, into the slow cooker along with the browned turkey. Cook on low for 6 hours then stir in the beans. Cook for another hour and then your turkey chili is ready!

turkey chili

Serve this turkey chili on top of rice, over egg noodles or with a few tortilla scoop chips on the side. Of course, eating it straight out of a bowl with a spoon is delicious as well! No matter how you serve your turkey chili, it is going to make a perfect, winter recipe that you will use all year long. It is already on the menu for next week at my house! And once the kids go back to school and our hectic schedules resume, I will definitely be needing easy, tasty recipes to please the whole family.

Let me know how you like this turkey chili. I hope it keeps you warm!


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Easy Turkey Chili

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45-50 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minute
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound turkey, ground or shredded

½ cup yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves (1 tablespoon) garlic, minced

1 (15oz) can tomato sauce

2 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon chili powder

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon oregano

salt and pepper to taste

1 (15oz) can black beans, drained

1 (15oz) can kidney beans, drained


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat, heat oil.
  2. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add in turkey and cook though, drain and return to pot.
  4. Next add in garlic, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt and pepper stir to incorporate
  5. Add in tomato sauce, chicken broth, kidney beans and black beans.
  6. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for 30-45 minutes
  7. Adjust seasons as necessary.
  8. Serve immediately.


Keywords: chili, turkey chili, winter recipe


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Jocelyn Brown
Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 04/23/2021 / 7:33 am

    Yum. I was poking around your website and came across this recipe. I love chili and am always interested in how other people make it.

  2. Kita Bryant
    02/22/2021 / 1:10 am

    Turkey chili is so underrated. I would absolutely love to try your recipe.

  3. 02/21/2021 / 9:27 pm

    It has been a very long time since I’ve made a homemade chili. I’ve never tried turkey chili either. I’ll have to make some before it gets too hot outside again.

  4. Catalina
    02/21/2021 / 4:05 pm

    This chili looks amazing! It’s a must make for my family!

  5. Kathy
    02/21/2021 / 2:23 am

    This looks really good. Now is a perfect time for chili too. I haven’t tried turkey chili, but I bet it’s really good.

  6. Heather
    02/20/2021 / 9:07 pm

    This turkey chili looks amazing! Going to try make it this weekend.

  7. 02/20/2021 / 3:24 pm

    We love having chili especially during the cold months, but I haven’t tried using turkey. Looks good!

  8. Nikki Wayne
    02/20/2021 / 3:40 am

    It looks so tasty. I love this hearty savory looking dish.

  9. 02/11/2021 / 11:29 pm

    I have never actually made chili! This sounds like a great recipe to try, and perfect for wintertime.

  10. 02/11/2021 / 2:14 am

    This turkey chili recipe sounds so yummy! I’ve made a chili for similar to this before. Love all the spices!

  11. 02/11/2021 / 1:10 am

    while will be substituting turkey for tofu or other veg alternative, spicy chili sounds good

  12. 02/10/2021 / 9:38 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is totally the weather for this! I bet it’s delicious.

  13. Sarah Mahmoud
    02/10/2021 / 4:35 pm

    It looks really good

  14. Monica Simpson
    02/10/2021 / 3:03 pm

    I love using ground turkey in chili. I haven’t put avocados on as a topping but that looks delicious!

  15. Kimmy
    02/10/2021 / 12:15 pm

    Yum this looks so good

  16. 02/10/2021 / 8:12 am

    I have ground turkey in the freezer and couldn’t figure out what to make. I’m happy I came across this recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  17. Alexis
    01/01/2021 / 8:47 pm

    This turkey chili was amazing! I needed a quick recipe for dinner tonight and this one was perfect. Thank you.

  18. 01/01/2021 / 6:06 pm

    Great. My family loves spicy food. I think this recipe will be our fav menu.

  19. 12/31/2020 / 6:46 pm

    I will be making this recipe. I have all the ingredients and it is something my husband would love.

  20. Ashley t
    12/31/2020 / 4:00 pm

    This looks so good and I love that its easy to make.

  21. 12/31/2020 / 2:41 pm

    I’ve never tried making my own chili, but this sounds like a delicious recipe. This would be a perfect wintertime recipe to try.

  22. Mae
    12/31/2020 / 2:06 pm

    This recipe sounds delicious and easy to make! I love anything with chili!

  23. Rosey
    12/31/2020 / 1:29 pm

    Chili is so good in the colder weather. It’s nice to have a hearty dish to fill you like this…

  24. 12/31/2020 / 12:12 pm

    I’ve been looking for Turkey related recipes and found this one. The recipe looks delish. I’ll definitely try it out the next thanksgiving.

  25. 12/31/2020 / 9:07 am

    A truly rich and mouth-watering starter for champions, great for New Year’s Eve!

  26. 12/31/2020 / 4:50 am

    Yumm such an easy and delicious meal!

  27. 12/31/2020 / 4:33 am

    Yum! Awesome football food! Too bad my team sucks (unlike this chili!).

  28. Ryan Escat
    12/31/2020 / 3:29 am

    This recipe is so delish! We will add this on New Year’s Eve.

  29. Sandra
    12/31/2020 / 3:13 am

    This looks really tasty and much lighter than a beef chili. I’m going to try it soon.

  30. Fatima
    12/31/2020 / 2:57 am

    I like chili during the winter nights. It makes a great dish to warm up.

  31. 12/31/2020 / 2:04 am

    Turkey chili is a favorite in our home. We make it all the time!

  32. 12/31/2020 / 12:31 am

    This looks so good! I love all that classic chili flavor but with a healthier protein option than beef. I can’t wait to make this.

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