Our Favorite Turkey Chili Recipe

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Lizzie Lau

My mom makes big batches of turkey chili and freezes it in small containers that are the perfect size for Vivi and I to share.  Here is her recipe:

Turkey Chili


  • 2 Packages of Jennie-O extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 Small onion, diced
  • 1 Yellow pepper , diced
  • 1 Red pepper, diced
  • 1 Chili seasoning pack (or your own combination of spices)
  • 1 cup of low sodium Chicken Broth.
  • 4 cans of beans, your choice, kidney, white kidney, black bean, garbanzo. Try to find low sodium brands. (SPROUTS has no salt added variety)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small pkg of frozen corn (optional)


    1. Brown the ground turkey in a skillet with the onion and peppers. Add broth and seasoning.
    2. Drain and rinse all beans and add to cooked meat.
    3. Add canned tomatoes and corn.
    4. You can now adjust the thickness of your chili by adding more broth or leave it thick and chunky.
    5. Simmer for at least an hour to let the flavors meld.
    6. Serve with grated cheddar, sour cream, and a selection of hot sauces.

I was talking to some Mama friends about fussy eaters and we shared ways of sneaking veggies into everything we cook.  We hide veggies in: smoothies, muffins, quesadillas, soup, quiche, frittatas, scrambled eggs, rice.

I forgot to mention turkey chili.  Vivi loves it and never picks anything out.  

I went to the New Orleans School of Cooking and learned that when preparing a big pot of food for the whole family I should keep the seasoning fairly bland, but serve it with a lot of condiments and a variety of hot sauces so everyone can jazz it up to suit their taste buds. So this is what we do with Turkey Chili (and tacos), as well as jambalaya and etouffee!

I was fussy for years and couldn’t stand raw tomatoes or celery until I was an adult.  Maybe I’m still a little fussy – I always pick the garbanzos out of the chili.  Blech.

turkey chili is yummy

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Edited Oct 29, 2019
My fussy eater is now 9 years old and doesn’t dig chili anymore. I hope it will cycle back into her good graces at some point, because I still love it! She blew my mind recently when she walked by a bowl of Kale Caesar I had just prepared and said it smelled delicious. She ate a small plate of it and declared it ok. It was better than ok. I had harvested the kale earlier in the day from our organic garden, the dressing was homemade, and the croutons were made from my homemade sourdough bread. Cooking will be so much more fun when she doesn’t act like I’m trying to feed her scoops of compost!

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