Easy Ground Turkey Chili Recipe

Chef Randy , On October 22, 2022


Turkey Chili Recipe Overview

This ground turkey chili recipe makes it easy to make a great tasting turkey chili recipe in just one pot! It is a very healthful way to warm up and settle in on a stormy fall evening.

Equipment used in this ground turkey chili recipe:

Chili cooking equipment

Chili Cooking Equipment.

  • Large pot

  • Measuring cups

  • Measuring spoons

  • Wooden spoon

  • Knife & cutting board

Ingredients for this ground turkey chili recipe:

Chili ingredients

Chili Ingredients.

  • ½ stick butter

  • Olive Oil – 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • All purpose flour – 2 tablespoons

  • Turkey – 1 pound ground

  • Onion – 1 small onion, small diced

  • Celery – 2 stalks, small diced

  • Red Bell Pepper – 1 small diced

  • Ancho or Poblano Chile – 1 small diced

  • Jalapeno – 1 pepper small diced

  • Cumin – 1 tablespoons

  • Chili Powder – 2 tablespoons

  • Paprika – 1 tablespoon

  • Kosher Salt – 1 teaspoon

  • Thyme – ½ teaspoon ground

  • Chicken stock – 2 cups

  • Kidney Beans – One 15 ounce can drained and rinsed

Cooking directions for this turkey chili recipe

    Prep the chili peppers instructions:

  1. Open chili peppers by cutting off the top and stem, then cut in half lengthwise.

  2. Trim off the inner ribs. This is where the heat-causing oils (capsicum) are mostly stored inside a chili.

  3. Slice the outer skin lengthwise into strips, then cross-cut into small cubes.

    Chili ingredients

    Chili Slicing.

  4. All types of chili peppers can be prepped this way, which makes a milder chili flavor when cooked.

  5. Use gloves, and wash hands really well after handling. The capsicum oil can be transferred by touch and can be really uncomfortable in places where it doesn’t belong.

  6. An alternate way to prepare chili peppers is to roast them in an oven, turning occasionally until the outer skin is blistered. Place in a bowl and cover for a bit, allowing the peppers to steam themselves. When cooled enough to handle, peel the blistered skin off as much as possible, chop the pulp and use this in your recipe. This will yield a more flavorful type of chili, with a lot more of the chili heat.

  7. Cooking the turkey chili instructions:

  8. Heat a large pot over high heat, add the butter and olive oil.

  9. When the butter is melted and starts to foam, add all the diced veggies (chilis, celery, onion).

  10. Lower the heat to medium and cook until the onions are translucent, and the peppers are soft.

    Chili ingredients

    Chili Cooking Combo.

  11. Turn the heat back up to high, add the ground turkey.

  12. Add all seasonings. (Chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, thyme)

  13. Cook and stir occasionally until the turkey is browned and no pink is showing.

    Chili ingredients

    Cook the turkey chili on medium heat.

  14. Add the flour and mix well until the flour is dissolved, cook for 3 minutes.

  15. Slowly add the chicken stock and stir well until everything is well blended.

  16. Simmer for 10 – 15 minutes (or longer) to thicken. If you want it thicker, *see below for instructions on making and using a roux

    Chili ingredients

    Simmer the Turkey Chili for 10-15 min.

  17. Add the kidney beans and cook just until the beans are hot.

  18. Serve this turkey chili recipe with a dollop of sour cream for a delicious stew.

*Making and using a roux for this turkey chili recipe

Step 1 Heat a small skillet or pan over medium. Add 1 tablespoon of butter (appx) and melt.

Step 2 When the butter is melted and begins to foam, add an equal amount of flour (appx 1 tablespoon).

Step 3 Whisk and cook for about 90 seconds. The roux will be smooth and slightly browned.

Step 4 To use in the chili for thickening purposes, slowly introduce the roux into the hot chili, stirring or whisking well to dissolve it. Once incorporated and well blended, let the chili cook a few minutes as it gets thicker.

Chef Randy

After graduating from LeCordon Bleu at the top of his class Chef Randy dove head-first into a culinary career working in many top-tier restaurants including the Golden 1 Center Arena as a lead cook. He later owned and operated a mobile woodfired pizza concept where he championed whole and natural ingredients. Chef Randy is passionate about healthy food and developing relationships with local providers for true farm-to-fork food production.