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Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili is a perfect dish to serve for Cinco de Mayo. It’s easy to make, and spicy to taste. Top it with cheddar cheese, or mound it on lettuce for an awesome taco salad. What’s even better is that it makes incredible leftovers!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Cinco de Mayo, Main Course
Cuisine: Cinco de Mayo, Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Chula King


  • 1 ¼ pounds lean ground turkey*
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 20 ounces (2 10-ounce cans) Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 16 ounces (16-ounce can) black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • Chopped green onions or chives for garnish if desired
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  • Cook and crumble ground turkey in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until browned. Pour into colander and rinse with hot water until water runs clean. Take handfuls and rub between hands to crumble into fine pieces. Rinse again.
  • Heat olive oil in the same Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions; sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic; sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add browned turkey, flour, chili powder, cumin oregano, freshly ground pepper and salt. Stir to mix well. Add Rotel tomatoes and green chilies, and tomato sauce; mix well. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour. Add black beans; cover and simmer an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve Chili in bowls topped with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, and tortilla chips on the side. (Yield: 6 servings)


*May also use ground beef in place of the turkey.
Variation: Serve warm chili on a bed of shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes to make a taco salad. Garnish with chopped onions, crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheddar cheese.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1018mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1540IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 5.2mg