Homemade Turkey Chili

Homemade Chili is definitely one of the best foods EVER in my book. It’s easy to make, you can customize it however you like, and you can eat it by itself, use as a dip, a topping, etc, etc. It’s just great!

In this recipe instead of using ground beef I went with ground turkey. Using the turkey cuts down on fat without sacrificing taste. Hard to believe right? But it’s true! When my family first ate this they didn’t even realize it was made with turkey instead of beef. Mission Accomplished lol.

This recipe is perfect for the crockpot too. My husband recently bought me this new KitchenAid slow cooker slash every thing cooker, that allows you to sautéed right in the cooker. I love love looooooove it! So I brown the turkey right inside it, add all the ingredients, and set the timer. Its lovely but if you have a traditional slow cooker just cook the garlic, onions, and turkey in a skillet, add it to your crock pot with the remaining ingredients and let it cook. I usually let mine cook for about an hour to two hours on low. It comes out great!

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Homemade Turkey Chili

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 7- 8 ppl


  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 cup onion, small dice

  • 1 lb of ground turkey

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1/4 cup green peppers, small dice

  • 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes

  • 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth or stock

  • 2 cans of kidney beans, drained

  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika or regular paprika

  • 2 teaspoons of oregano leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cayenne, optional

  • optional toppings: chopped green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream


  • In a large pot or dutch oven over medium low heat, add the olive oil and garlic, Cook for 1 minute. Stir so garlic doesn't burn.

  • Add the onions and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring as needed.

  • Next add the ground turkey, salt, and black pepper. Cook until meat is browned and cooked throughly.

  • At this point you can add the remaining ingredients and let cook on low for about an 1 1/2 hours or on medium for about 30-40 minutes.

  • Season to taste and top with whatever your heart desires.


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Christina is a wife and mother to three beautiful children. She holds a degree in culinary arts and is currently enrolled in Bible college to become that much more effective for the Kingdom. Her passions include working with teens, cooking, and all things avocado. She and her family currently reside in the country of Japan.


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