Turkey Chili

The other night I was looking for something new to make, and after pondering the possibilities of ground turkey combinations, I ultimately decided that it was time to bring out some spices and finally make a stove-top turkey chili recipe.

I made Crockpot Turkey Chili almost a year ago, and it was really delicious at first, but I left it in the crock pot overnight and the final product was severely overcooked (oh the horrors of being new at cooking!).  I decided to change the recipe around a bit this time and add some more spices.

First, I cooked the onion with the ground turkey until the meat was cooked throughout.

I decided to toss in a few pickled jalapeños that were a gift from my brother-in-law's family.  I hadn't found the right opportunity but with a lack of fresh peppers, there couldn't be a better time to snag these out of the fridge.

I sliced up the jalapeños and tossed them into the pan with the ground meat, and also added the pinto and black beans, crushed tomatoes with chilies, tomato paste, water, chili powder, crushed red pepper, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, and salt and stirred everything together.

For the next 30 minutes, I left the chili alone to simmer on low to let the flavors blend together.

The final product looked and smelled amazing.

I am happy to report that this chili was delicious!  I added in quite a bit of seasoning so I expected quite a kick, but ultimately it was pretty tame even with the jalapeños.  I ate it for dinner and immediately got some ready to take for my work lunch the following day.  It made perfect leftovers and disappeared from the fridge fast!  This one is officially my go-to chili recipe!

Turkey Chili Recipe


2 pounds ground turkey
1/2 onion
1 can crushed tomatoes with green chilies (10 ounces)
1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
1 can pinto beans (15.5 ounces)
1 can black beans (15.5 ounces)
1 cup water
4 jarred jalapeños
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt


Slice onion into thin pieces and add to the pan with the ground turkey. Cook over medium-high heat until the turkey is browned. Cut jalapeños into small pieces and add to pan. Stir in the crushed tomatoes with chilies, tomato paste, water, pinto and black beans, chili powder, crushed red pepper, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, and salt. Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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