I served mine with some beautifully ripe slices of avocado that gives the final bowl another layer of silky richness. By the way, don't let the cocoa powder in our chili spice mixture throw you off! It's only a small amount and it really works. My chili was garnished with sour cream, diced jalapeno, cilantro and avocado.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 40 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Secret Chili Spice Mix:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Mix the ancho chile powder, paprika, cumin, salt, chipotle pepper, oregano, cocoa powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside.

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ground turkey and garlic. Cook and stir until turkey is no longer pink, breaking up any large chunks, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in the spice mixture. Cook until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Stir in the tomato puree and water. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low. Cook until the turkey meat is broken down, about 1 hour. Stir in the beans, and continue to simmer until flavors have blended, 20 to 30 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

448 calories; protein 45.1g 90% DV; carbohydrates 27.9g 9% DV; fat 18.9g 29% DV; cholesterol 139.7mg 47% DV; sodium 1635.3mg 65% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (113)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2012
We loved this chili! I will make it again for my husbands birthday party. It is spicy so just put less spice and add until it is right for you. Very good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2012
Quite nice but nothing special Read More
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141 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 106
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2012
We loved this chili! I will make it again for my husbands birthday party. It is spicy so just put less spice and add until it is right for you. Very good. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2014
I have recently become obsessed with Chef John's recipes, videos, and reviews. My husband made this chili on Friday night and did not change anything. The flavor and consistency were excellent. Last night I took the left overs and made a pasta bake with 8 oz Campanella pasta and shredded Vermont white cheddar in an 8x8 pan covered @ 350 for 30 min and uncovered for another 15 min. The chili had such wonderful intense flavor that I did not need to add anymore spice. This is very spicy and not for kids as is. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2011
Spicy but very tasty. Added an extra can of maple flavoured beans. Will use this recipe again. Thanks chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2014
I heart this recipe so so much!!! I love that the flavor is complex - you can adjust the heat. And what I love most is using the chili spice as a rub on grilled chicken and fish. When I make this recipe I double the spices store 1/2 of them in a covered jar and make the chili with the rest. The spice mix stays on-hand when I'm in a hurry. Rub it together with a T of oil into some chicken thighs and grill for a quick DeLicious dinner. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2012
Quite nice but nothing special Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2014
Chef John this is the most flavorful WONDERFUL chili I have ever made! Absolutely 100% GREAT! What a terrific EASY recipe and better for you than using fatty ground beef. Highly recommended and will most definitely put it on our regular menu. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2014
Very good!! It was very spicey though I lef out one of the peppers it called for just cause I didn't have it and used only a tablespoon chili powder. Nice flavor though and if you like it spicey use the recommended measurements. I will definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2012
Giving this 4 stars only because it was too spicy for me. It was good and I should add we ate it the next day loaded with cheese sour cream and guacamole and ate it as nachos. We liked the nachos as all the condiments and chips cooled down the spice. It's very thick and does has a really good flavor. But like I said (for me) way too spicy. So if you like it hot you will love this chili. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2015
Loved it! Made it with the things we had in the house. 1 onion with the olive oil in a pot. Added one garlic to cook with onion. Then added 1.6lbs of ground turkey. 2tblsp chili powder 1tblsp paprika 1tblsp cumin 2tsp salt 1tsp oregano 1tblsp cocoa 1/8tsp cinnamon. Mixed it together until aromatic. Added one can diced tomatoes and one can red kidney beans 2 1/2 cans water. Everyone raved about it. So thank you chef John for the recipe. Will make this again. Read More
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