Simple Turkey Chili


This turkey chili recipe is very simple but hearty with plenty of flavors — it's even better on the second day! I serve this chili with low-fat Cheddar cheese and low-fat sour cream. It's also delicious with crackers.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

This hearty turkey chili recipe, made with easy-to-find ingredients and pantry staples, will warm you up from the inside out.

a bowl of Simple Turkey Chili topped with sour cream and green onions and cheese with two rolls on the bowl rim

Turkey Chili Ingredients

It's easy to make this easy turkey chili recipe with basic ingredients you may already have on hand:

· Turkey: This simple turkey chili starts with a pound of ground turkey cooked in olive oil.
· Onion and garlic: An onion and a tablespoon of fresh garlic add bold flavor and depth.
· Canned vegetables: You'll need canned crushed tomatoes and canned kidney beans.
· Spices: The turkey chill is spiced with chili powder, paprika, dried oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and black pepper.

How to Make Turkey Chili

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade turkey chili:

1. Brown the turkey in olive oil. Add the onion and cook until tender.
2. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
3. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Simple Turkey Chili

Can You Make This Turkey Chili In the Slow Cooker?

Yes! This turkey chili recipe is easy to make in the Crock-Pot, if you're looking for a set-it-and-forget-it meal instead of a stovetop dinner. Simply combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on Low for 6-7 hours or on High for 3-4 hours.

What to Serve With Turkey Chili

Looking for delicious serving inspiration? Check out one of these recipes that pairs perfectly with turkey chili:

· Grilled Cheese Sandwich
· Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
· Perfect Baked Potato

Explore our collection of 16 Side Dishes That Go Great With Chili.

overhead view of grandmother's buttermilk cornbread partially sliced in a round cast iron skillet
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How to Store Turkey Chili

Store the turkey chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat in the microwave, in the oven, or on the stove.

Can You Freeze Turkey Chili?

Yes, you can freeze turkey chili. Ladle the leftovers into freezer bags, leaving about an inch of space at the top (the chili will expand as it freezes). Seal, then wrap the whole thing in foil. Freeze flat for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or reheat the frozen chili on the stove.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Great turkey chili recipe," according to Ava Probst. "Easy to make, quick and tasty. I've always thought chili should be made with beef but I prefer this turkey recipe!"

"I've made this turkey chili several times and we love it," says Brian M. "I add a can of black beans to go along with the kidney beans. I also cut up a couple of bell peppers to throw in. These additions make it a bit heartier."

"It was so easy and absolutely delicious," raves Trish. "I froze it and had it for my work lunches for a while. I will definitely make this again."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (28 ounce) can canned crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (16 ounce) can canned kidney beans - drained, rinsed, and mashed

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add turkey; cook and stir until evenly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in onion and cook until tender.

  2. Add water; mix in tomatoes, kidney beans, and garlic. Stir in chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper.

  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

    Simple Turkey Chili

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
6g Fat
19g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 450mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 472mg 10%

* 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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