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Gameday Turkey Chili

Gameday Turkey Chili

Born and raised in Texas, I have always had a place in my heart for a hearty, spicy chili. I don't adhere to the strict meat-only rule for a traditional Texas style chili, but this chili is an incredibly easy, foolproof version that makes a perfect dish to gather your friends for NFL Sunday.


For healthier chili, omit cheese and/or sour cream garnishes. You may use nonfat/low-fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt in place of the regular sour cream.


For the chili

  • 1 Pound ground turkey (96% meat/4% fat)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 green bell pepper, 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 Cup dried kidney beans, soaked overnight in cold water
  • 1 Pound roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced finely
  • 1 hot house pepper, diced finely
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 4 Cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Sour cream
  • Chives, chopped finely
  • Cheddar cheese

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Let&rsquos Talk about Turkey Chili

Turkey is a great choice of meat for making chili. Turkey may not contain the fat of other meats, which translates into flavor and mouth feel, but because of that it is a good lower calorie choice for those of us looking to eat a bit healthier.

Also, turkey is a milder protein, which means it will absorb and reflect back any flavors you decide to build into your pot of turkey chili. I see that as a huge positive. When I cook with turkey, particularly ground turkey, all the flavors of my chosen chili peppers, fire roasted tomatoes, chili powders and other seasonings have free reign to do what they do best &ndash make a GREAT pot of turkey chili.

I&rsquom calling this recipe the &ldquoReal Deal&rdquo Turkey Chili because it does exactly that. It incorporates a collection of outstanding ingredients that comes together into one beautifully flavored meal. Talk about tasty! And yep, it&rsquos super easy to make.

Let&rsquos talk about how we make it, shall we?

Recipe Summary

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ⅓ cup chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile peppers, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Place the ground beef, onion and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring to crumble the beef, until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is tender. Drain off the fat and return the pan to the stove. Combine the chili powder, cumin and basil sprinkle over the beef. Cook and stir to coat the meat and toast the spices a little.

Pour in the tomatoes, green chilies, tomato sauce, beer and vinegar. Bring to a boil and stir to loosen any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan. Mix in the brown sugar, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 3 hours. Remove the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Add the vegetable oil to a large stock pot and heat to medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until soft. Once soft, add the green chilies and ground turkey. Season with salt, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne. Combine, and cook over medium high heat until the chicken is browned.

Add the chicken stock, and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.

After simmering for 20 minutes, add the beans, and cook for another 15 minutes, until the beans are warmed throughout. Add more salt or other seasonings to your taste.

Once beans are warmed, the chili is ready to serve. Suggested toppings include shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, chopped cilantro and tortilla strips. Enjoy!

To me, there can be no chili without some delicious toppings!

Shredded cheese, sour cream, scallions, chopped cilantro (or parsley) and lime are just a few of the many options to boost the flavor of your bowl of turkey chili.

As for serving suggestions, over rice or with corn tortilla chips are our favorite ways to eat it. But I’ve seen people eat chili over noodles (Cincinnati style), in a bread bowl, on a sloppy Joe or hot dog, on a biscuit and even in a bag of Fritos!

How to Customize Turkey Chili Recipe

I love how versatile chili recipes are! Here are just a few ways to customize this Turkey Chili:

  • Swap kidney beans for cannellini beans or black beans.
  • Add sweet corn or whatever veggies your heart desires such as zucchini, poblanos, mushrooms, etc.
  • Swap ground turkey for ground chicken or lean ground beef.
  • Up the spice by adding additional cayenne pepper to taste or leave it out completely.
  • Make this Turkey Chili as thin or as thick as you would like – simmer longer for thicker, less for thinner, or add additional broth/water to thin to desired consistency.

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Watching the big game should be a time for fun and celebration, not being shackled to the stove. Good thing there's KRAFT — its recipes are simple and fast, and that's why we partnered with the brand on this post.

The big game is so much more than watching two teams battle each other over the final win — it's one of the best occasions for making some of your favorite comfort foods to share with friends. Whether you're hosting a party or just want to celebrate the game with some good eats, we have eight supereasy recipes that definitely deliver big flavor.

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Football legend, Tony Gonzalez is sharing his Chicken Chili with White Beans recipe! This fresh and healthy chicken chili uses free-range chicken, dice tomatoes, green chiles, minced garlic, white beans, dried oregano, chili powder and cumin make this dish super flavorful. It&rsquos high protein, full of veggies, and a figure friendly recipe.

We throw in onion, garlic, peppers, jalapenos eggplant, fire-roasted tomatoes, corn, black and kidney beans and ground turkey into a deep pot. We season with chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. We love this recipe because it&rsquos pack with nutrition and a dollar stretcher. Perfect recipe for a big football crowd!

Oh, yes! We love eating a hot dog and chili while watching any sporting event, so why not make &lsquoem for your big football crowd? Take our favorite chili recipe, pour over a grilled hot dog and top with lots of cheddar cheese, minced sweet onions or Pico de Gallo. Grab a beer, kick back and devour a chili dog!

Richard Blais&rsquo Five-ingredient Chili couldn&rsquot be faster and easier to make. Onion, diced fresh peppers, chick beans, tomatoes, and chili powder are added to a Dutch oven and simmered for thirty minutes. If you&rsquore looking for a veggie chili, try making this one!

We combine our two favorite game day staples&mdashbuffalo chicken and chili! It&rsquos basically a chili that tastes like chicken wins. We brown ground chicken in EVOO, celery, carrots and place in a pot with garlic and onions. We add in smoked paprika, salt, ground pepper, crushed tomatoes and a ton of hot sauce. We place this chili over top of nacho chips and creamy, crumbled blue cheese.

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You'll definitely win over your guests with these dishes.

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