Hearty & Healthy Fall Recipe: 30 Minute Turkey Chili {Yummy Comfort Food}

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Last November I posted a healthy chili recipe (that was recently modified by Sara over at Life in these Times), and last night I thought I’d try a new version, only healthier. This one is seriously the best chili I have ever had. No joke, you guys - tons of flavor, so easy to make, and healthy. And it only took 30 minutes (though I let it simmer for another 15 minutes or so before digging in). I would like to call it “whatever is left in the cupboard-chili”, because that’s pretty much what I did. Hope you enjoy - it made our rainy evening that much more cozy :)

And my secret ingredient? Red Stripe, of course :)


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons kosher salt (to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cilantro chopped (I used dried cilantro)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 chile de arbol pepper, chopped, with the seeds (I used kitchen scissors and cut over the pot)
  • 1 pound ground lean turkey
  • 3 turkey sausages (I used spicy)
  • 1  (12 oz) beer (I used red stripe because it was in the fridge)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 stalks scallions, chopped
  • Optional: light sour cream, shredded cheese (we didn’t even use this, it’s so flavorful you don’t need it!)


Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, salt, chili powder, oregano, and cilantro and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and the chile de arbol pepper; cook 1 minute more. Squeeze the turkey sausages out of their casings and add along with the ground turkey, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and cook until the meat loses its raw color, about 3 minutes. Add the beer and bring to a boil, then continue to simmer for about 8 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes (and juices) and the rinsed beans; bring to a boil. Use the wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 10 minutes.


modified from food network recipe

  • Liesl says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    I would love some of this right now! Love hearty meals for fall! Yum!

    Liesl :)

  • Jessica T says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    Yum! It’s definitely the time of year for chili, I’ll have to try this version. :)

  • Kewain Scott says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    I do a chilie like this! But if i have time after I cook the meat I throw everything in the crock pot so it marinates - so while I am busy with other things the chili is building a bolder flavor.

  • erin * sparkle + hay says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    i’ve already made your recipe 2x this fall (aka in the past 2 weeks!) it’s our faaaaaavorite! can’t wait to try this too!

  • Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    Sounds tasty!

  • Marie says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    I love cinnamon in spicy food, it adds this awesome depth to the flavor. Definitely trying this recipe out soon!

  • Aleah + Nick Valley says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    This sounds quite scrumptious - I’m not the biggest chili fan but you’ve inspired me to whip this up it sounds that good! {A}

  • claire @ the realistic wedding says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    beer chili is so much better than regular chili :)

  • Sara says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    HOORAY FOR CINNAMON! My all-time favorite (and sometimes secret) ingredient! I’ll have to try this one out as well!

  • Miriam Corona says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    My husband’s fave dish that I make for him is chili so I will be trying out your recipe! Thanks for sharing. And we just love your jam… only they are supposed to be jars of love and we are fighting over the last of it. hahaha

  • Adrienne O'Connor (Ruffles & Tweed) says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    can’t wait to try this - LOVE turkey chili - thanks for sharing!

  • Alicia @CharityWedding says on October 4, 2011 Reply

    I love chili! Sounds delish!

  • Lissa (Bellenza) says on October 5, 2011 Reply

    Yay, healthy! And this would make a great cookout party or picnic dish, too!

  • Kristina Gulino says on October 5, 2011 Reply

    Mmmm that looks amazing! I’ll have to try this for dinner soon :) Thanks for the recipe!

    Kristina Gulino
    Something 2 Write About

  • jessica {creative index} says on October 5, 2011 Reply

    yummy! this looks delicious! can’t wait to try this version….

  • The Perfect Palette says on October 6, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for sharing - this one sounds great and I’m excited to try it out on a cool fall night :)

    xo, chrissy

  • Paper Moss says on October 6, 2011 Reply

    YUM!! I’ve been looking for a good chili recipe- can’t wait to try this one out! Thanks Jacin :)

  • erin says on October 6, 2011 Reply

    you had me at red stripe :)

  • Sarah {A Paper Proposal} says on October 7, 2011 Reply

    YUM! I’m definitely bookmarking this one to try as it gets colder!

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