Turkey Chili

turkey chiliI mixed things up with a recent chili. Instead of using my typical combination of light and dark red beans, I used a can of azuki red beans and a can of Bush’s Baked Beans. The result: delicious!


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup purple onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • handful of chopped green onions
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3-4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 can azuki red beans (don’t drain)
  • 1 can Bush’s baked beans (don’t drain)
  • 2 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 large or 2 small jalepenos, chopped (I used jarred, but fresh is better)
  • Spices: chili powder, paprika, pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, crushed red pepper, cumin


1. Brown the turkey in a pot with some olive oil on medium-high.
2. Add in the vegetables and cook for a few minutes with the meat. Do a first round of seasonings.
3. Add the tomatoes, beans, chipotle peppers, and jalepeno. Cook for about 10 minutes on high.
4. Do a second round of seasonings. Be liberal with the chili powder, lighter on the cumin. Taste test to your preferences. Cook for another 15-20 minutes on low.

Serves 6-7. Great with cornbread!


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