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30-Minute Turkey Chili

Updated on April 8, 2013

Chili is a favorite comfort meal that's a real American classic. A hearty bowl can be eaten with cornbread or tortilla strips, or you can top it off with avocado, sour cream or melted cheese and you've got a meal that will satisfy your family for hours. The best part... all you need are simple ingredients to prepare a pot of deliciousness that'll make it look like you've spent hours in the kitchen.

Below is a 30-minute recipe that's sure to put a smile on your face, and anyone else who's coming to dinner.

Quick and Easy Turkey Chili
Quick and Easy Turkey Chili | Source
5 stars from 1 rating of 30-Minute Turkey Chili

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 6-8 Servings
Simple Ingredients
Simple Ingredients | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsps barbeque sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • 3/4 cup frozen onions
  • 1 chili packet
Chili Ingredients Mixed Together
Chili Ingredients Mixed Together | Source

Instructions

  1. Cook ground turkey in a large pot, until evenly browned. Drain and discard excess grease.
  2. Pour in tomato sauce and water and stir until mixed thoroughly with the meat.
  3. Add chili packet.
  4. Stir in onions until soft.
  5. Add two cans of chili beans and continue stirring.
  6. Season in a few sprinkles of garlic powder.
  7. Add barbeque sauce and brown sugar and mix well. Continue combining all ingredients and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until you're ready to serve.

There are many ways to vary this filling meal. For the true carnivores, substitute the turkey for beef, or for the vegetarians, eliminate the meat altogether, add additional beans and make it 30-Minute Veggie chili.

And, just think, it may have looked like you were up all night whipping up this satisfying dish, but no one will ever know that all you did was use a little creativity to produce a special meal that only took 30 minutes. And, hopefully, your family will enjoy this as much as mine. Bon Appétit!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      DDE, I like spicy foods too. Thank you for your comments!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Turkey chilli is sounds a great idea and I like spicy foods

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I couldn't agree more LKMore01! Thanks for stopping by. Happy Holidays!

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      There is nothing tastier or a meal that warms you up as quickly on a cold winter evening than a bowl of delicious chili. This recipe is especially healthy with ground turkey. YUM!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Rebecca, I use ground turkey for just about everything! It tastes great in chili. I haven't tried meatless chili, but I think I would enjoy that as well. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Excellent. Thank you so much, Careermommy for this recipe. I try not to eat much beef. I love chili in winter but had been making it meatless. I can't believe I didn't think of using turkey!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you for reading, CharronsChatter. I have a feeling if you made turkey chili it would be great and could be in a chili cook-off! Your recipes are great.

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      Your chili dish looks delish! And reads as well as it looks. That is the best thing about chili really, it always has a lot of pop for not much prep--'cept in those "chili cook-off" cases, and I have been there. (as an attendee, only!) Those cowboys get plumb crazy about their cooking when it comes to Qzz and Chili...

      This might send me into the kitchen for a midnight snack!! I'm hitting the dinner bells and whistles on this delightful find. :)

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Au fait, thank you for your comments. I agree, this is one of those recipes that'll get you out of the kitchen fast!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This sounds so quick and easy -- my favorite kind of recipe -- and it looks delicious! I love yummy foods that get me out of the kitchen fast. Voted up, useful, and will share!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Dana, thank you for coming back around and for your good report. I'm so glad this chili recipe turned out delicious! That is so awesome to hear. I appreciate you letting me know and for actually making it!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      dwachira, thank you for the vote up! Yes, the steps are very easy and your taste buds will be very happy when you try this meal (-:

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      Dana Tate 4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      careermommy, as promised I tried your chili and it was delicious. I added a dab of barbque sauce to add a little kick and it was very tasty I love chili it's one of my favorite meals...thanks for sharing

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Careermommy,

      It is indeed a pot of deliciousness and the steps are fairly simple to follow. I would like to try this Turkey Chili and have a taste of classic American meal. Voted up useful and shared.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi janshares, I can assure you that if you add the BBQ sauce and brown sugar it'll add a wonderful kick to the chili. Thank you for sharing!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Brett, I'll have to come up with something for you since you're somewhere in Asia. I'm not sure about the markets there. You might have to stick to my easy chow mein, and veggie and chicken fried rice recipes (-: Thank you so much for sharing with everyone!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Careermommy, I make turkey chili quite often. I will have to add barbeque sauce and brown sugar next time. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing, up and useful.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      This looks great. I was going to try making it over here, but really not sure where I would get the chilly packet or the chilly beans ... time to search online maybe.

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you moonlake. I hope you get an opportunity to make it and see if it meets your expectations.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I've never made turkey chili but this sounds very good. Voted up.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      foodfanatical, I agree. I often have leftovers for 3 days sometimes after making chili. Thank you for your kind comments!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi DDE, thank you. I enjoy spicy foods as well. I hope to get to enjoy this simple chili dish soon. Thank you for coming my way.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Chillie turkey looks so delicious and I enjoy spicy foods, a quick and simple meal

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi rajan, thank you for your comments and the vote up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The dish looks beautiful and tempting. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Dana. Thank you for commenting. Please let me know how it turns out!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you KoffeeKlatch. I hope it meets your expectations. Thank you for stopping my way!

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      Dana Tate 4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you for this delicious looking recipe. I will try it and let you know how I like it.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love chili. Your recipe sounds easy and delicious. I'll be trying it.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi kidscrafts, thank you so much. Yes, try is with avocado. It really takes this recipe to a entirely different level!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Your recipe looks delicious! I never thought of serving it with avocado! I love that idea and will keep it in mind for my next batch!

      Usually I prepare a big batch for a few times and freeze it... so the next time I pop that in the microwave for a busy day :-)

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Sheri, thanks for coming my way. I know how hard it can be for planning what to cook, so I'm glad I could offer up a little inspiration!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Billy, there's something about the cold weather that makes certain foods tastes even better. Chili seems like one of those foods. Although, we eat it all year long because it never gets too cold here in Southern Cali! Thanks for your comments.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      hmmm...was wondering what to fix for dinner tonight! Looks yummy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the recipe. I don't think I have ever had turkey chili. I love chili but I only eat it in the Fall and Winter.....why? Because it is a comfort food and it takes the chill of a winter's day away.