Turkey Chili Recipe

Turkey Chili


  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cubes
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 (35 oz) cans whole tomatoes, crushed
  • 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 2 bacon strips chopped
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup chicken or turkey stock
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp salt, plus more if desired to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 to 4 cups of shredded, cooked turkey meat
  • 3-4 pineapple chunks (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onion, sour cream for optional garnish.

How to make Turkey Chili

1 In a large, cast iron pot, cook the onion and green pepper over medium high heat, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for a minute or two more. Add a bit more olive oil if needed.

2 Add tomatoes, tomato paste, stock. beans, oregano, salt, pepper, bacon, pineapple, pineapple juice and cooked turkey meat. Bring mixture to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for an hour.

3 Salt to taste.

The chili may be made in advance and chilled for 2 days, or frozen for 2 months.

Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped red onion, and or sour cream.

Makes about 12 cups. Serves 8.

Question from the Chef

“What's your favorite way to cook with turkey?”

  • nisemac
    nisemac says

    normally love to roast it...but this was good! one of the best ways to use up leftover t-day turkey ever.

  • muttoneer
    muttoneer says

    At my house, leftover turkey becomes curry. I don't really know why. Anyway, it's absolutely delicious.

  • kimdec
    kimdec says

    Did you try it Nisemac? It was yummy!!

  • nisemac
    nisemac says

    yup! absolutely wonderful!!

  • kimdec
    kimdec says

    I agree...it was the best cure for turkey blahs!

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