As soon as the weather begins to get the slightest chill in the air, mole turkey chili is on my dinner table! Yes, I’m crazy about all kinds of chili, but this one is a personal favorite.
Why do you ask? It has absolutely everything a fabulous chili should. It’s chunky, thick not soupy, deliciously spiced without being hot, and deeply layered with flavors.
Are you as chili crazy as I am? Here are some more chili recipes we love in our house:
Grab your apron it’s chili cooking time!
What I Love This Chili Recipe
- Unique flavor
- Family loves it
- One pot, minimal cleanup
- Hearty and filling
- Toasting the Spices: In step 3 of the directions, the spices are added to the cooked vegetables and cooked until fragrant. Don’t skip this step! By toasting the spices in this manner, you significantly increase the flavor and add tons of delicious taste to your finished chili. Just watch this stage closely you the spices toast and do not burn.
- Beer: This alcoholic beverage is not an uncommon ingredient in chili — but if you aren’t a beer person, you might feel a bit intimidated by the rows and rows of beer options at the store. What type should you pick? Stout or lager? IPA or ale? There are lots of handy guides online, but I personally prefer using a stout beer, to give the chili a deeper, darker flavor.
- Don’t worry, there will be absolutely no beer taste in the finished chili, and of course, all the alcohol has evaporated.
- Liquid Smoke: Liquid smoke might seem like an oxymoron, but it’s actually liquid taken from condensed smoke. Believe it or not, burning wood produces steam, which is then condensed and bottled up into delicious smokey droplets that bring a taste of campfire to your dinner table.
- Paprika: Paprika is one of my all-time favorite spices. It, like beer, has a few varieties that may seem intimidating at first. Sweet, spicy, smoked? Your choice depends on your preferences. I love using smoked paprika for this recipe — it pairs so nicely with the liquid smoke!
- Coffee: I generally use Decaf instant in this recipe. Coffee is often used with cocoa in recipes to help round out the flavor. This mole turkey chili recipe calls for instant decaf coffee crystals — that is just oh so handy on the go!
- It’s important to use the crystals and not brewed coffee for this recipe so you don’t end up with too much liquid in your chili. Oh, and there will be no coffee taste in the finished chili.
STORING + FREEZING + MAKE-AHEAD
- How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge? This will last up to four days in the fridge in a sealed container.
- Can You Freeze This? Yes, you can! My mole turkey chili recipe is great in the freezer. Make sure to thoroughly cool it off first (no steam! Steam = condensation and condensation = freezer burn. Yuck!).
- Then transfer your leftovers to an airtight container and safely store in the freezer for up to six months. I use quart-sized resealable bags and freeze them flat so they stack nicely in the freezer.
- Make-Ahead Tips: It is a truth universally acknowledged that chili tastes even better a day or so after it’s made. Yay! I like to make this chili ahead of time, I make the whole recipe and stick it in the fridge or freeze.
Serve this turkey chili recipe with freshly baked Southern cornbread, jalapeno cornbread, or my Bisquick biscuit recipe. Any of which make the perfect dunking accompaniments.
More Fabulous Chili Recipes
- Pioneer Woman Chili
- Boilermaker Chili
- Texas Chili Recipe
- Alton Brown Chili
- Instant Pot Chili Recipe
- Steak Chili
- Green Chicken Chili
Mole Turkey Chili
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 medium onions chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried ground cumin
- 1 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
- 1/4 cup dried chili powder
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 - 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes
- 3 cups beef stock or beef broth
- hot sauce to taste
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 3 (15-ounce) can white beans
- red onion chopped
- fresh cilantro chopped
- sour cream
- Heat oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions; saute until light brown and tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add oregano and cumin; stir 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high. Add turkey; stir until no longer pink, breaking up with the back of a spoon.
- Stir in chili powder, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, cocoa powder, salt, black pepper, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add tomatoes with their juices, breaking up with the back of a spoon. Mix in stock or beer, hot sauce, and tomato sauce. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add beans to chili and simmer until flavors blend, about 10 minutes longer. Discard bay leaves. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium-low heat before continuing.)
- Ladle chili into bowls. Pass red onion, cilantro, sour cream and corn bread separately.
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Gina Porfilio Rubin says
Can I use cooked Turkey, to make chili?
Hi, Gina! Yes, you can 🙂
Just wanted to let you know that your site rocks! I think all the recipes I’ve pinned today have come from here. Thanks for all you do.
Wow thanks so much Beth!!!
I love chili! Perfect for a cold night! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Champion Chili Recipe Contest! It looks delicious!
I've had a think for mole lately! Had the best I've had friday night and now I'm out to replicate it. Your chili looks good. The last photo tells a lot 🙂
Oh my ! That looks perfectly yummm..Adding cocoa powder sounds interesting
I love the idea of adding cocoa powder and cinnamon to chili. It definitely knocks the flavor up a lot! It looks wonderful.
bellini valli says
By the empy bowl I can see that this chili was well received Kathleen!!!!
Oh yum! This sounds great. I have some meat and potato guys in my house that I think will love this too:)
Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says
I LOVE chili! I think it's time for me to make chili again! Thanks!
Hi dear! I agree with Jenn…I'm bookmarking this. I adore mole sauce and I've never thought about adding it to my chili. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing your recipe with me. I hope you have a splendid Saturday and Sunday.
This is totally bookmarked! What a great list of ingredients. Hope you are having a nice weekend.
Ana Powell says
Too good not to take it, thanks for the recipe.
Really looking forward to try it.
Wishing you a lovely Christmas ?