30 Minute Turkey Chili

This 30 Minute Turkey Chili is one of the ultimate comfort foods! Not only is it healthy and easy to make, it has the best flavor! Ready in 30 minutes, this is definitely a keeper! 

I don’t know about you, but around these parts playoff madness is in full swing. While we all know I’m not a huge lover of football, I can appreciate certain aspects such as the camaraderie, a good excuse to have a party or tailgate and of course, the food. And nothing says game day food like this 30 Minute Turkey Chili.

This 30 Minute Turkey Chili is one of the ultimate comfort foods! Not only is it healthy and easy to make, it has the best flavor! Ready in 30 minutes, this is definitely a keeper!

This is actually a Rachael Ray recipe that my mom has been making for years. You know how once in a while you come across a recipes that is the magical trifecta of quick, easy and so darn delicious that it become’s your family’s new go-to? This is that chili recipe for us.

Now all I know a lot of purists out there probably took one look at the title and did some sort of face-to-palm motion. And I get it. Chili is supposed to go for several hours to develop all of those amazing flavors. And of course there’s the substitution of ground turkey for what would normally be beef. You guys, I know. My inner carnivore is also shaking her head at me right now.

This 30 Minute Turkey Chili is one of the most ultimate comfort foods! Not only is it healthy and easy to make, but it's so quick to make and has the best flavor! Definitely a keeper!

But bear with me and give this chili a shot. It may buck tradition, but it brings a slew of delicious positives as well. First of all, ain’t nobody got time to be simmering chili for hours (at least not on a week night when your 31 weeks pregnant self is dying for chili!).

Additionally, the use of ground turkey obviously makes this healthier. So I’m going to feel much less guilty about covering it in cheese and sour cream (just kidding, I never feel guilty about that! #noregrets!). But seriously, it’s still January and we’re at the crucial time where everyone is falling off the wagon with their New Years resolutions. So I’m here urging you to stay on that wagon and dive into a bowl of this guilt-free Turkey Chili!

This 30 Minute Turkey Chili is one of the most ultimate comfort foods! Not only is it healthy and easy to make, but it's so quick to make and has the best flavor! Definitely a keeper!

But the biggest thing, forever and always, is the taste. While this may not simmer all night, in 30 minutes you’re able to pack some major punch. You get the savory deliciousness that comes with the usual suspects like chili powder and cumin. But some hot sauce and the addition of beer really kick this chili up a notch. It makes a nice big pot so if you’re not feeding a crowd you’ll reap the benefits of having leftovers and it freezes beautifully! So go make this 30 Minute Turkey Chili. Even if it doesn’t replace your long-winded, traditional, simmer-for-hours chili recipe, you’ll have a great, super-quick weeknight option to fall back on as well (how’s that for a run-on sentence?)!

This 30 Minute Turkey Chili is one of the most ultimate comfort foods! Not only is it healthy and easy to make, but it's so quick to make and has the best flavor! Definitely a keeper!

30 Minute Turkey Chili

Source: Adapted from Rachael Ray’s Indian Summer Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

  • A couple Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2.5 lbs. of ground turkey
  • 4 Tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp of cumin
  • 2 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-3 Tbsp. of hot sauce, depending on how spicy you want it (I used 1.5 Tbsp. of Franks Red Hot)
  • 1 good size onion, diced (they say to reserve some on the side for topping, I just put them all in)
  • 2 bell peppers, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 can of beer
  • 1 14oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of bar-b-que sauce (I used Dinosaur Bar-B-Que sauce because happiness.)
  • 1 14oz. can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (this is not part of the original recipe)
  • Two cups of corn (I used frozen)
  • Toppings: cheese, sour cream, diced onions, scallions, tortilla chips, avocado etc.

Put a little olive oil in your pan to lightly coat the bottom and heat over medium high heat.

Add the ground turkey and brown it, breaking it up with your spoon.

Once the turkey is browned, add the chili powder, cumin, Worchestershire sauce and hot sauce (if there’s excess grease, drain it before adding the spices). Mix well.

Add the onions and peppers and cook for around 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add your beer and deglace the pan, scraping to get all the goodness off of the bottom of your pan. Let it cook for a couple of minutes to reduce off a little bit of the alcohol.

Add your tomato sauce, bar-b-que sauce, beans and corn and let it simmer and bubble for a good 10 minutes, stirring once in a while. Serve immediately, reheat it later, or freeze. It’ll be great either way!

Note: It won’t hurt it at all if you want to let it simmer for longer over a low heat, just make sure you stir it periodically.

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14 Comments

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    Scott
    January 18, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I used to hate corn in my chili, but recently I’ve had a couple good ones that made me realize that I was missing out! Never had it with turkey though!
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      Jessy
      January 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

      I never really had corn in my chili until this recipe but now I prefer it. So odd how our tastes change.

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    Arti Hartel
    January 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I will try this on my next chili
    . Thanks for sharing it.

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      Jessy
      January 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      I hope you enjoy!

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    Shann Eva
    January 19, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Yum! I love chili…and all the stuff that goes on it. Plus, it sounds really good in this freezing cold weather we’re having. Thanks for the recipe.
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      Jessy
      January 20, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      My too! The toppings are totally part of the fun! Enjoy!

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    Jane
    January 20, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Chili is one of my favorite dishes, especially this time of year. I’ve never had chili with turkey before, can’t wait to try your recipe.

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      Jessy
      January 21, 2016 at 10:38 am

      It’s one of my favorites too- you have no idea how hard it is for me not to defrost the rest of the chili in the photo (I’m trying to make a freezer stash for my maternity leave right now!)

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    CJ Huang | Morsels of Life
    January 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

    This chili sounds like it’s full of yummy goodness – I haven’t tried a chili with corn in it, but it sounds like it’d go well with the ingredients! And if it tastes good with less time, I’d consider that a win. 🙂
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      Jessy
      January 23, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      This recipe was my first experience with corn in chili and I’m definitely a believer now! Enjoy!

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    Ann
    January 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Looks too good not to pin! I love it with turkey too. Yum. 🙂 #LetsGetRealSocial

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      Jessy
      January 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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    Tennille @ Two Kids And a Budget
    January 27, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I love using turkey for a variety of dishes. This one sound really good, and now that the weather is so cold outside chili sounds perfect for a weeknight dinner.
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      Jessy
      January 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      We love it! It is perfect on a cold day 🙂

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