Easy Turkey Chili
Easy Turkey Chili
Rich, hearty, and healthy, this Turkey Chili recipe is a flavorful and comforting dish for an easy weeknight dinner. Loaded with ground turkey, tender kidney beans, and tomatoes, this chili will warm you right up!



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey (450g)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 (14.5-ounce/411g) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15.5-ounce/439g) cans red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1½ cups chicken broth (360mL)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Toppings:
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • sliced green onions


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook stirring frequently until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the turkey and cook until no longer pink, breaking up and chunks with the back of a spoon. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, cayenne, and black pepper. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, broth, and brown sugar, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen any stuck-on or browned bits. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer, uncovered, until the chili thickens, about 45 minutes. Serve topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, and sliced green onions.


  • For some extra heat, you can add extra cayenne pepper and add some sliced jalapeños as a topping.
  • Want to add more veggies? Go for it! Carrots, celery, more bell peppers, corn, and zucchini make for a great addition to your chili.
  • If you’re not a fan of kidney beans, you can use black beans, pinto beans, or even navy beans.
  • To make the chili thicker, increase the time you spend simmering it uncovered.
  • I recommend getting a good quality heavy-bottomed pot to distribute the heat evenly for a long simmer.  Like the suggested Dutch Oven.  It's affordable the exact one I use.
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