Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe that’s Easy to Make

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Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe bannerI love Chunky Turkey Chili. Don’t let the “Turkey” deter you in thinking that this doesn’t taste every bit as good as traditional “beef” chili – because it’s even better.

Ground Turkey is amazing when used in place of ground beef in recipes. For example, my Turkey Meatloaf is the

I think that ground turkey gets a bad rap by people who haven’t ever tried it. The immediate response I always get is that look of disgust – like someone just smelled poop!

If you have gotten this far – give yourself a pat on the back. You are so close to having a totally new and exciting addition to your flavor palette.

There are so many ways to make chili and people, who can be very snobby or particular about what they think makes a great chili, will tell you the RIGHT way to make it.

When I was a teenager my first Job was at Wendy’s. Yes, my name is also Wendy and I got lots of jokes about being Dave Thomas’ daughter and did admit I was THAT Wendy. Anywho, I wanted to work there because of the name and because I LOVE their Chili. I even learned how to make it. All those leftover cooked meat that doesn’t make it into a customers hamburger, gets chopped up and added to the ginormous pot of chili.

To me, a great chili has to have both meat and beans. I love both Kidney and Pinto beans in chili so I like to make mine with it. Liquid Smoke makes it smell amazing and gives any chili some extra smokiness. Green & Red Peppers for color and flavor and NO WATER or BROTH. None!

Most of the time I make my own spice and seasoning mixtures but today I was lazy so I used some Organic packets. This particular brand is a bit spicy and just because it says it’s vegetarian doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious.

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe


  • 2lbs Ground Turkey
  • 3 TBL Olive Oil
  • 2 Packets of your Favorite Chili Seasoning
  • 26oz Chopped Tomatoes
  • 26oz Strained Tomatoes
  • 8oz Mild Green Chilies – diced
  • 2 – 15oz Cans of Kidney Beans (drained)
  • 2 – 15oz Cans of Pinto Beans (drained)
  • 2 TBL Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Red Pepper – chopped
  • 1 Yellow Onion – chopped
  • 1 Green Pepper – chopped


In a large stock pot add your Olive Oil and Ground Turkey on Medium. Mix and break into small bits or chunks (it’s up to you) and cooked until all pink is gone. Once cooked thoroughly add ALL the ingredients in the order listed and then cook on Low for about 20 minutes so all veggies can soften and flavors can fully incorporate.

Here is how I added everything:

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Seasoning

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Chopped Tomatoes

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Strained Tomatoes

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Mild chilies

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Liquid Smoke

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Kidney Beans

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Pinto Beans

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Red Pepper

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Yellow Onion

Green Bell Pepper

Okay, isn’t this GORGEOUS? The colors and smell are just fantastic!

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Mixed Together

AFTER simmering for 20 MinutesChunky Turkey Chili Recipe Cooked

Time for a Bite! MMMMMMmmmmmm

Chunky Turkey Chili Recipe Spoon




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