Hearty Turkey Chili

Hearty Turkey Chili
Photo: Con Poulos

This turkey chili makes a satisfying dinner any night of the week. It's an easy one-pot meal that comes together in under an hour. The recipe calls for dark meat turkey and green bell pepper, plus a trio of canned foods: kidney beans, tomatoes, and chipotles in adobo. Go all out with the garnishes—we like sliced avocado, lime wedges, diced red onion, grated cheddar, and fresh cilantro.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 onion, finely diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced

  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced, plus 2 tsp. sauce

  • 1 pound dark ground turkey meat

  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

  • 1 15-oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • Coarse salt


  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

  • 1 small red onion, diced

  • ½ cup grated sharp cheddar (1.5 oz.)

  • Fresh cilantro sprigs


  1. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Saute onion and bell pepper until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add chipotle and adobo sauce and cook for 1 minute. Add turkey, breaking it up with the back of a spoon, and cook until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes with juices and beans.

  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes (add water to adjust consistency). Season with salt and serve alongside garnish.

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