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Smoky Chipotle Ground Turkey Chili (Medium Heat)

Updated: Jan 27, 2023

smoky chipotle ground turkey chili

This chili recipe is my absolute favorite, it is hearty, smooth, smoky, and has just the right amount of kick. I use chipotle chili powder to get the smoky flavor, it takes chili to the next level! There is also just a touch of sweet to balance out the spice and saltiness. Ground turkey is used in this recipe because it is a leaner option and is a softer, less chewy texture, making it more enjoyable to eat. The perfect one pot, quick dinner!

Like I mentioned, I like to use chipotle chili powder in this recipe for the perfect touch of smoky and spicy flavor. Brown sugar adds the sweet, and I like to use onion and garlic powder for this chili to create a smoother texture and for less prep.

Start by cooking the turkey and season with salt and pepper to taste. Then add the cans of beans, tomato soup, tomato sauce and then all the seasonings.

Add the brown sugar with the seasonings and give it a good stir.

Let everything simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Serve topped with cheese and sour cream if desired, and of course with cornbread! Keeps for about a week.



[Serves 6-8]

1 lb 93/7 ground turkey

Salt and pepper to taste for turkey

2 cans chili beans or replace one with 1 can of drained and rinsed black beans

1 large 29 ounce can tomato sauce (or you can use chunks if you prefer)

1 - 10 3/4 ounce can tomato soup

2 Tbsp packed brown sugar

1 tsp chipotle chili powder

1 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cayenne

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Start with a large pot on medium heat. Add the ground turkey, break up into small pieces and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  2. When turkey is fully cooked with no pink left, add your beans, tomato soup, and tomato sauce. Give it a good stir. If using black beans, drain and rinse before adding.

  3. Now add all your seasonings and brown sugar. Stir well until mixed in evenly, the brown sugar may need to melt.

  4. Turn burner up to medium-high heat and bring the chili to a simmer with light bubbling. Then turn the heat down to medium, cover with a lid, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes to let all the flavors infuse. Stir occasionally.

  5. After it is done simmering, serve topped with cheese, sour cream, or any other toppings your would like. It pairs great with cornbread.

  6. Makes great leftovers for about a week and freezes well for a couple months.

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