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Real-Deal Turkey Chili in Less than an Hour!

A quick-to-cook turkey chili that's as flavorful as the beefy original.

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With several smart shortcuts, making a pot of chili doesn’t have to take hours. Simmer ground turkey in a flavorful puree, then fill it out with shredded smoked turkey. The one-pot meal is hearty and homey -- and on the table in 55 minutes flat. Here's how to make it in four steps:

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1. Assemble ingredients

Ancho chiles (dried poblano peppers) and canned fire-roasted tomatoes add smokiness, while cinnamon, oregano, and cumin bring spice and warmth. Onion, garlic, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and oil also contribute to the flavor base.

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2. Make the flavor base

Remove stems and seeds from chiles; tear into large pieces. Transfer to a blender. Blend with tomatoes, onion, garlic, 1/2 cup broth, cinnamon, oregano, cumin, and 2 tablespoons oil. Generously season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a saucepan; simmer over medium, stirring occasionally, until thick and slightly darkened, about 20 minutes.

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3. Cook the turkey

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium-high. Add ground turkey; season with salt. Cook through, breaking meat up, about 5 minutes.

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4. Simmer chili

Stir in tomato mixture, smoked turkey, beans, and remaining 1 cup broth. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve, topped with sour cream and cilantro.

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Test Kitchen Tip: Our Secret Weapon

Shredded turkey meat (from necks or wings, available at many grocery stores) provides rich flavor and added texture.

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