Turkey Chili For a Cold Day or Game Day!

One pot meals are a family favorite for saving time yet creating something delicious without too much fuss. I’ve been using the same go-to turkey chili recipe for a couple of years now. I’ve made some changes along the way and my family eats it up every time.

Turkey Chili

Adapted from Nancy Fox Skinny Kitchen


1 package of ground turkey (16 oz. or 1 pound)

2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed

1 T chili powder

1/4 t. cayenne pepper

1/4 t. ground black pepper

1/2 t. ground sea salt

1/2 t. cumin

1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes

1 can (15 oz.) black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans (un-drained)

1/2 bunch cilantro (rinsed and finely chopped)


1) Measure out seasonings (chili powder, cayenne, black pepper, sea salt, and cumin) set aside.

2) Crush two cloves of fresh garlic and set aside.

3) Open canned tomatoes, and beans, set aside.

4) Drain and rinse black beans only.


1) In a soup pot or French Oven, cook ground turkey until cooked thru, use spatula to break up large chunks.

2) Drain cooked turkey in colander to remove excess fat then return to pot.

3) Add  crushed garlic to turkey and stir until you smell the garlic.

4) Add crushed tomatoes, beans, and seasonings.

5) Bring to a boil them simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often.

6) Meanwhile, wash and chop fresh cilantro. This is your secret ingredient and will be added just before serving.

When ready to serve stir cilantro into chili. Serve over fresh spinach, top with crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheese if desired.

This recipe calls for a combination of fresh and canned ingredients. Here are the seasonings, tomatoes, beans, and secret ingredient (fresh cilantro) pictured below. I use Publix Greenwise Organic canned beans and tomatoes.

Ground turkey is the meat of choice here. I like the brand Plainville Farms available at Publix. Plainville Farms turkey is “humanely raised  on family farms in a stress free environment.”  Turkeys are vegetarian fed, never administered antibiotics, or given hormones (it is illegal by Federal Law to give poultry hormones). It costs about the same as regular ground turkey, in fact, it was on sale for $2.99 a couple of weeks ago so I tossed one in the freezer for later use.

Here is the chili with the finished touch of cilantro added. So delicious!! I hope your family will enjoy this recipe and make it a part of your go-to recipe catalog.

Be well,