Favorite Turkey Chili


Favorite Turkey Chili

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This award winning chili recipe comes from our friend Melissa at No. 2 Pencil. Made with ground turkey, beer, and the spice of chipotle peppers, it's flavor is incredible. Good any time of year, try it tonight.


This chili is very flavorful and spicy. You can reduce the spiciness, by using only one chipotle. You can also substitute chicken broth for beer. This is great in the slow cooker as well, use only 1/2 the beer and drain the juice from the tomatoes.


Check out more recipes from Melissa at No. 2 Pencil.


Cooking MethodSlow Cooker


  • 1 tablespoon oilve oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 chipotle chile en adobo chopped, with 1 tablespoon of its sauce
  • 1 1/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1 bottle of beer, any kind
  • 1 can (28-ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 can (15-ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 (15.5-ounces) can kidney or black beans, rinsed and drained


  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil, just until they start to soften. Add salt, chili powder, chipotles and chipotle sauce and stir until combined over heat. Just a minute or two.

  2. Add turkey meat and break up as it browns. Once browned, add beer and scrape all the yummies from the bottom of the pan. Let reduce over medium heat to half the amount of liquid.

  3. Use kitchen shears (or your hands if you prefer) to cut (or crush) up the whole peeled tomatoes. Add tomatoes, and their juices to the pan as well as the tomato sauce.

  4. Let your chili simmer on the stove for at least 30 minutes until nice and thick. Add the beans during the last five minutes so they can heat through.

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