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Emeril's Turkey and Pinto Bean Chili


This wholesome one-pot dinner from Emeril Lagasse is a crowd-pleaser with enough leftovers to go around.

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  • Servings: 8

Photography: John Kernick

Source: Everyday Food, September 2011


  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, diced small
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced small
  • 1 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced small
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (85 percent lean) or a blend of ground thighs and breasts
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, cook bacon over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp, about 8 minutes. Add onions and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables soften, about 3 minutes. Add turkey, chili powder, cumin, garlic, and oregano and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until cooked through and lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Add tomatoes and juice, beans, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a rapid simmer, partially cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 20 minutes. (To store, refrigerate cooled chili in an airtight container, up to 3 days.) Serve topped with cilantro.

Cook's Notes

If you like, whip up a pot of this on the weekend and enjoy it during the week. Leftovers make a great filling for burritos or a topping for nachos.

Reviews Add a comment

  • millymriosyaho
    28 NOV, 2015
    I made this recipe with my left over Thanksgiving turkey and it was delicious!!!!
  • christie.vallencourt
    11 OCT, 2015
    Excellent chili! I would recommend cutting the chili powder down if you have little ones
  • tcjsn
    20 OCT, 2011
    Best chili EVER!!!