I love a spicy and thick chili during fall and winter months; this recipe (made with ground turkey) kicks butt! The cocoa powder is the secret ingredient! Works best to have all your ingredients chopped drained and ready before you start, as it thickens up pretty fast over the heat.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 25 mins
total:
1 hr 45 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
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onions, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and garlic in hot oil until the onion is translucent, 7 to 10 minutes.

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  • Crumble ground turkey into small pieces and add to the pot. Place a cover on the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until turkey is cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

  • Season turkey with chili powder, oregano, paprika, cumin, seasoned salt, red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, and cocoa powder. Add diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, red chili beans, black beans, tomato paste, light beer, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and tomato juice to the pot. Loosely cover the pot and cook mixture at a simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened but still moist, for about 1 hour. Stir reserved liquid from diced tomatoes with green chilies into chili as it simmers to keep it from becoming too dry.

  • Stir hot pepper sauce through the chili. Reduce heat to low and cook another 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Facts

458 calories; protein 32.7g; carbohydrates 48.7g; fat 17.1g; cholesterol 74.7mg; sodium 1823.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2013
This is so close to my own chili recipe that I knew we'd love it. The only change I made was two cans of black beans just didn't have the red beans and an orange bell pepper or yellow can't remember but these would not alter the taste. I've never added Worcestershire sauce or liquid smoke to my chili that I recall and it gave nice rustic flavor to the chili the cocoa is my secret ingredient also;-). Oh for the oregano I used my garden fresh instead of dry. Everybody loved this chili and sent the leftovers home with the kiddos for another meal. Only change that I'd make is to throw in a nice jalapeno pepper next time. Thanks ctooch99 for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2013
This is so close to my own chili recipe that I knew we'd love it. The only change I made was two cans of black beans just didn't have the red beans and an orange bell pepper or yellow can't remember but these would not alter the taste. I've never added Worcestershire sauce or liquid smoke to my chili that I recall and it gave nice rustic flavor to the chili the cocoa is my secret ingredient also;-). Oh for the oregano I used my garden fresh instead of dry. Everybody loved this chili and sent the leftovers home with the kiddos for another meal. Only change that I'd make is to throw in a nice jalapeno pepper next time. Thanks ctooch99 for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2014
Yummy! Added 3 Serrano peppers garnish with homemade guacamole sour cream sharp cheddar tomato cilantro and lime. Big hit with the roomie and boyfriend saving this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2013
This is a nice variation on the turkey black bean chili I usually make. LOTS of ingredients but it had good flavor. I cut way back on the red pepper flakes and it was still plenty spicy for us. Also used chicken broth instead of beer because I didn't have light beer. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2014
Spicy & Thick Turkey Chili Haiku: "there's just too much stuff. A good chili nonetheless. Yup spicy & thick." We liked this chili but I just felt the ingredient list was unneccessarily long but to save on time I mixed all of the dry ingredients together in a small tupperware the night b4 (still not sure how a mere tsp of cocoa powder is the "secret ingredient" according to the recipe submitter but I included it too.) I prefer to have my chilis going in the crockpot all day so my family was surprised to come home to see chili in a large pot on the stovetop rather than chirping in the slow-cooker and as thick as it was I'm glad that it WAS in a pot so that I could keep my eye on it and stir it frequently. I won't lie - it was a delicious chili but not so earth-shattering that I'd follow the ingredient list to the letter next time I make it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2018
Great base to start your life long journey to find the Chili that is perfect for you/your family. Everyone adjusts accordingly but I have used this recipe as a framework and adjusted for spice/ a heartier consistency to great success. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2014
Love this recipe. Turkey chili is so good- all the great chili taste without the grease. This recipe has a long ingredient list but the result is well worth it -- a rich memorable flavor. I think this has become my new #1 favorite chili recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2017
This is makes a fantastic chili! Made onvarious occasions Read More
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