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Turkey Chili

Spicy Turkey Chili with beans
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, delicious, spicy
Servings: 4 people
Cost: $20


  • Dutch oven


  • 2 pounds ground turkey browned and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped (can substitute 1 onion)
  • 3 1/2 jalapenos, chopped you can remove seeds, but what's the point
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can ranch styled beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 can Rotel, original optional
  • 1/2 packet ranch dressing, dry mix
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 2-3 12 oz. cans beer you can substitute water


Brown your meat

  • Brown the ground meat, I use turkey but you can substitute ground beef. Drain meat and set aside. You can brown meat in dutch oven, clean it and then saute next step or use a separate pot. Your choice.

Saute those shallots and jalapenos

  • Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into dutch oven, saute shallots (or onions) and jalapenos until shallots are translucent, add garlic and stir. Saute for no more than 30 seconds to a minute being careful to not let garlic burn.

Time for seasonings

  • Toss in chili powder, cumin and paprika. I prefer to mix the three spices before I put them into the pot. Pour in one beer, ranch beans, black beans and rotel. Stir everything, add back the ground meat. Add in the can of beef broth and 1/2 a packet of ranch dressing mix.

Simmer and stir

  • Bring everything to a simmer, add your second can of beer, you must stir it every 30 minutes for 3 hours. Be careful to not let the chili over simmer and begin to stick to the bottom of the pot. You will probably need to add a third can of beer before you are all done. If you prefer water over beer that is fine also, just substitute 1 1/2 cups of water for each beer.

Prepare yourself for delicious chili

  • Once you have simmered chili for 3 hours, it is ready. If you find the chili too thick just add enough water to thin it to your liking.


1 onion for the 2 shallots
1 1/2 cup water for each beer
Rotel, sometimes I leave out the rotel, but if you love yourself some tomatoes in your chili they will also had a little spice.