The Dish: Turkey Chili

The Dish: Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili is one of my favorite dishes to make. It’s great for those cold winter nights, a potluck dinner, or my husband’s personal favorite … Football Sunday! This dish is great so many ways, as a dip with tortilla chips, on hot dogs for a fun lunch, or just in a bowl with a cozy blanket and good movie. I make my chili two different ways. One is complicated because of all the custom seasoning, etc. And then there is THIS one! It’s so easy! I love EASY now that I have a new baby in my life. I tend to change up the sauce and meat ratio every time I make it, but below is a detailed account of how I made it recently. The most important part: I always make a HUGE pot to share with company and to have on hand for a few days.

The Dish: Turkey Chili


2 packs of 20oz (1.25lbs) ground lean turkey

2 fresh red peppers

1 onion

2 cans 28oz Crushed Tomatoes in Tomato Puree
1 can 15oz of tomato sauce

1 pack of taco seasoning (yup… this is the easy part!)
2 cans 15oz Kidney Beans *Note: sometimes I use 1 can of Chili Beans and 1 can of Kidney Beans

Olive Oil
shredded cheddar cheese (for garnish)
sour cream (for garnish)


-Start by putting all the sauces into a large pot over medium heat. I sometimes add 1/2 a pack of “Chili Seasoning” in here. (I told you this was easy!)

-Drain the beans and add them to the sauce

-Dice the onion

-Take out the core of the red peppers, and slice and dice them.
-In a pan add a bit of olive oil on medium heat (approximately a tablespoon), add onion and red pepper. Sauté for a minute. Turn the heat down to med-low and put a lid on it. Stirring occasionally, let the veggies soften. Around 10 mins or so

-Brown both packs of turkey and add the Taco Seasoning according to the directions on the pack. (I do this while the veggies are on the back burner)

-Add the onion/red pepper mixture to the sauce, stir
-Add the seasoned ground turkey to the sauce, stir

-Turn the heat down to low and leave it for a few hours to simmer. The longer the better! But remember to keep checking in and stirring your chili.
-Then, Bon Appetit!!!!
What are some of your go-to easy recipes? Will you try my Turkey Chili recipe? Share with your fellow new moms in the comments below!
Xx, Vanessa


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