Hearty Turkey Chili: the best recipe to make it!

Total time: 60 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
Olive oil
2 teaspoons
yellow onion
1, chopped
Garlic cloves
3, minced
Red bell pepper
1, chopped
ground turkey (or chicken)
1 pound extra lean (99%)
Chili powder
4 tablespoons
2 teaspoons, ground
1 teaspoon, dried
Cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon, to taste
One 28-ounce can, diced or crushed
Chicken broth
1 1/4 cups
Red kidney beans
Two 15-oz cans, rinsed and drained
sweet corn
One 15-oz can, rinsed and drained
Cheddar Cheese
Shredded, optional for serving
diced, optional for serving
Tortilla chips
optional for serving
Sour cream
optional for serving
chopped, optional for serving

A big bowl of hot, spicy, savory turkey chili is a perfect comforting weeknight meal. This turkey chili can be made with leftover or ground turkey and is easy to eat for days after as leftovers. It’s quick and easy to prepare and leave simmering while doing anything else. Spicy chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and more spices come together with tomatoes, corn, beans, onion, garlic, and red bell pepper for a hearty, thick chili. Textured toppings like creamy avocado and crunchy tortilla chips round out the completed dish.

How to make turkey chili with leftover turkey


Turkey chili can easily be made with whatever leftover turkey you may have. Just add it in instead of the ground turkey. It starts by sauteing onions, garlic and peppers.


Then add the turkey and spices.


Add canned goods like tomatoes, bean and corn.


Cook together for about half an hour and serve!

What to serve with turkey chili

Serve a bowl of tortilla chips alongside this turkey chili for dipping, or cook up cornbread and trade bitefuls of thick, spicy chili with crumbly, buttery cornbread. To top, the different textures and flavors of creamy avocado and sour cream, crunchy tortilla chips, and melted cheese will finish off the meal. Get creative with the garnishes! Lime juice, chopped raw onion, or chopped cilantro will pair well with this turkey chili as well.

How to store turkey chili

After cooling at room temperature, this turkey chili can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for a month or more.



Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring.

Add ground turkey and break up, stirring and cooking, until pink is gone.

Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, and salt.

Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, kidney beans, and corn and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes, until chilli is thickened.

Ladle into bowls and top with desired garnishes.


Adjust the spice level to preference by omitting or adding extra cayenne and chili powder.

Reheat the turkey chili at a low temperature in a small saucepan on the stove for best results. If adding shredded cheese, do so when the chili is still in the pan and leave the top on to allow cheese to melt.

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