Traditional Chili with Ground Turkey


A traditional style chili that can be made with ground turkey or ground beef. I have made this recipe with ground beef and ground turkey, and they both have a similar flavor. Delicious with sweet corn bread and shredded Cheddar cheese. After the initial cooking on the stove, you can easily transfer this to a slow cooker.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins
6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced (Optional)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons cumin

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can red beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the ground turkey. Cook and stir until the turkey is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in the onion, green and red bell peppers, and jalapeno peppers. Cook and stir until the onion is softened and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, sugar, salt, black pepper, and thyme. Continue to cook until fragrant, about 8 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Stir in the beef broth, pinto beans, red beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer until thickened, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a thinner chili, cover the pot when simmering.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

373 Calories
15g Fat
40g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 1560mg 68%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 56mg 282%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 7mg 40%
Potassium 1170mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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