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turkey chili topped with cornbread, on a bowl

Turkey Chili

Turkey chili an unusual knock your socks off recipe! Chili mixed and Mole sauce, “who knew”. Cocoa and cinnamon set this family pleaser apart.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Best Turkey Chili, How Do I Make Turkey Chili, How To Make Turkey Chili, Instant Pot Turkey Chili Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 540kcal
Author kathleen


  • 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

Optional Toppings

  • red onion chopped
  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • sour cream
  • cornbread


  • 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.


Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1830mg | Potassium: 2397mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3303IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 304mg | Iron: 13mg