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My mom's turkey chili is more like a hearty stew and perfect over rice or macaroni. It's a recipe my mom always used to make and one that we still love today.

Mom's Turkey Chili

This chili is thick and hearty...more like a stew than a soup. You can eat it as is or on top of rice or macaroni. Enjoy!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beans, chili, turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Denise Wright (MyLifeCookbook.com)


  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ large green pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • ½ Tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 6oz water
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic


  1. First add your olive oil to a pot and let heat up. Add your onion and green pepper and cook until they start to soften.
  2. Add your meat and as it starts to brown, add the cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix well and continue to brown.
  4. Lastly add your tomato products, beans and garlic. Make sure to drain and rinse the beans first.
  5. After adding the tomato paste, fill the 6oz can with water and add to the pot.
  6. Let cook over medium heat for 20 minutes to let the flavors meld.
  7. Can be served as is, over rice or macaroni.
  8. Enjoy!