Easy Turkey Chili

This is a simple recipe that anyone can make and not mess up.  The reason being is because you can make it your own.  You do not have to follow the recipe to an exact tee.  Truth be told, I usually take a recipe and make it my own by seeing what’s in my pantry.  So that’s how I came up with this dish.



  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can of corn (I had cream which I rinsed)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can of chili beans
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can of black beans
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can of tomato sauce/paste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can of whole peeled tomatoes with juice (San Marzano’s is the best)
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 2 cups of water or Mexican style lager beer
  • salt + pepper to taste
Garnish: (optional)

  • grated cheese (of your liking)
  • sour cream
  • green onions
  • tortilla chips

What you need or what is in your kitchen


1. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or deep skillet.

2. Chop onions and garlic.  Toss into your pan with salt, chili pepper, oregano and cook/stir until fragrant  It should take about three minutes.

3. Add turkey and cook to a brown.

4.  Add tomato sauce  and cook for a about a minute.

5. Add can of tomatoes, all beans, corn and stir well.  Add water or beer to the pot and simmer until the chili reduces by half.  It should take around 8 minutes.

6. Bring mixture to a boil.  Cook, uncovered with the occasional stirring until chili is thick.  It should take 10 minutes.

7. Enjoy!!!!=)


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