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The Best Turkey Chili Recipe EVER!

Turkey chili is a flavorful and healthy alternative to traditional beef chili. Made with ground turkey, this recipe packs a bold punch of heat and spices, making it the perfect dish to warm you up on a cold winter evening.

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This turkey chili recipe has bold and spicy flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. The recipe calls for various spices, including chili powder, cumin, and oregano, which give the chili a deep, rich flavor. Jalapenos are added for a touch of heat, but you can adjust the amount used depending on your preference. The key to getting the perfect balance of flavors is to let the spices cook for a few minutes before adding the other ingredients; this allows them to bloom and release their full flavor. The result is a chili that is not only delicious but also satisfying and comforting.

Healthy and Hearty: How to Make a Leaner Chili with Ground Turkey

One of the best things about this turkey chili recipe is that it’s a healthier alternative to traditional beef chili. Ground turkey is a leaner protein source than ground beef, meaning it has less fat and calories. This makes it an excellent option for anyone looking to eat healthier without sacrificing taste. Additionally, this recipe calls for various vegetables, such as onions, garlic, celery, and red pepper, which add flavor and provide essential vitamins and minerals. The result is a hearty and satisfying chili that is also good for you.

Turkey chili Recipe Ingredients 2

Turkey chili Recipe Ingredients

Turkey Chili Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds of ground turkey
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 -2 jalapenos, deveined and finely chopped depending on heat preference
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups chicken broth,
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans of kidney beans, one light, one dark
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream (optional)
  • Sliced lime, for garnish (optional)

Warm Up Your Winter: A Step-by-Step Recipe for Turkey Chili

This turkey chili recipe is perfect for warming you on a cold winter evening. The recipe is easy to follow, and the ingredient list is straightforward.

To make this delicious chili, start by heating a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan. Add 2 pounds of ground turkey to the pan and brown the meat. The turkey is lean, so there’s no need to drain the meat from the grease. Once the turkey is cooked through, add in 2 cups of chopped onions, 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic, 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped, 1 cup of celery, chopped, and 1-2 jalapenos, deveined and finely chopped (depending on your heat preference).

Next, add 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, 2 bay leaves, 3 tablespoons of chili powder, and 2 teaspoons of ground cumin to the pan. Stir well and let the spices cook for 5 minutes. Then, add in 3 cups of chicken broth, salt, and pepper to taste. Bring the chili to a simmer and let it cook for 20 minutes.

Finally, add in 2 (15-ounce) cans of kidney beans (one light and one dark) and cook, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Once the chili is done, it’s ready to be served. To make it even more delicious, top it off with 2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and a slice of lime for garnish (optional). Serve this turkey chili with a side of warm crusty bread or a bowl of rice and enjoy a hearty and comforting meal!

Mixing It Up

If you want to add some bigger, bold flavors to your turkey chili recipe, there are several ways. One option is adding spices to the recipe, such as cayenne pepper or smoked paprika. Another way is to add different types of beans, such as black beans or pinto beans, to add a different texture and flavor to the chili. You can also add different types of vegetables, such as sweet potatoes or zucchini, to add more depth to the dish. Finally, you can top the chili with different types of cheese, such as pepper jack or queso fresco, or add a dollop of sour cream or a squeeze of lime juice to add a touch of acidity. You can create a genuinely unique chili by experimenting with different ingredients and flavor combinations.

If you want other chili recipe versions, head to my White Bean Chicken Chili or Healthy Chipotle Chili With Sweet Potato. As another option for consideration, you may want to look at my Chicken Tortilla Soup.  It will warm you up and offers bright, bold flavors that do not disappoint! 

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