Turkey Chili

Growing up, my family was never a huge fan of chili, until one day a family friend made it at a BBQ and we all fell in love. This is that recipe. The secret isn’t just using turkey meat, which makes it healthier, but also adding dark chocolate that really gives it a richness no other chili can compare to.

Any time I ever make this recipe, my friends always want to join for dinner that night (and sometimes ask for leftovers). This is a great hearty winter meal perfect for the -16°F weather we’ve been having lately in upstate NY. It also takes less than 30 minutes to make, so it’s perfect on weeknights too.

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 3-4 people


  • 1 package of McCormick “Chili” seasoning mix
  • 1 lb. of ground turkey
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) Hunts diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz. or 16 oz.) red kidney beans, drained
  • Dark chocolate, 2-4 small bite size pieces
  • Olive oil
  • Crushed red pepper
  • White rice
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream


In a large pot, put a little olive oil and the ground turkey on medium-heat. Cook with a wooden spoon, mixing and chopping up the meat as it cooks to a light brown color.

Once it’s done cooking, drain any juices. This should take about 10 minutes to cook.

Next add the diced tomatoes with juice from the can. Add the drained beans, chocolate, and chili seasoning mix. Combine together and then bring to a boil.

While doing this, cook the white rice at the same time.

Once at a boil, drop the heat of the chili to medium-low with a cover on. You may need to just cook on low temp. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Tasting time! If you like it spicy, add a pinch of red crushed pepper. Mix again and cook for 5 more minutes.

Serve with: White rice, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream.

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