Simple Turkey Chili with Kidney Beans (Adapted)

This is one of our favorite chili recipes! We have made this recipe for many years, and we turned to one of the expert’s in culinary cooking, Cook’s Illustrated.

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Cook's Illustrated Simple Turkey Chili with Kidney Beans

A very macro-balanced chili that warms the soul with amazing taste!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 30 100 g
Calories 102 kcal



  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Initial additions

  • 1 lb 93 percent lean ground turkey
  • 2 15.5 oz cans dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt

Final addition

  • 1 lb 93 percent lean ground turkey



  • Heat oil in large heavy-bottomed nonreactive Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking, 3 to 4 minutes.
    Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, oregano, and cayenne; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
    Increase heat to medium-high and add 1 pound of the turkey; cook, breaking up pieces with wooden spoon, until no longer pink and just beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

Initial additions

  • Add beans, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, and 1 teaspoon salt; bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

Final addition

  • Pat remaining 1 pound of the turkey together into ball, then pinch off teaspoon-sized pieces of meat and stir into chili. Continue to simmer about 40 minutes longer, stirring occasionally (if chili begins to stick to bottom of pot, stir in 1/2 cup water and continue to simmer), until turkey is tender and chili is dark and slightly thickened.
    Adjust seasoning with additional salt. Serve with lime wedges and condiments if desired.


Serving: 100gCalories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 10.3gProtein: 8.3gFat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 1.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 20.7mgSodium: 200.8mgPotassium: 139.1mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3.4gVitamin A: 563IUVitamin C: 7.2mgCalcium: 32.6mgIron: 1.4mg
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