Turkey Chili

Entered a Chili Cook-off, made this chili, I won…. Speaks for itself… That is all! 🙂


1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
½ red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
½ cup carrots, chopped
2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced*
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp chili pepper flakes
3 tbsp tomato paste
2 cups chicken broth
1 can crushed tomatoes, or coarsely chopped tomatoes packed in puree
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp Sugar
1 cup spinach, chopped*
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
*For the zucchini and spinach,  make sure you add them at the VERY end to prevent them to not turn into mush.


Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and garlic – 2 minutes. Crumble turkey into the pot, stirring with a wooden spoon to break apart as much as possible – cook 5 minutes.


Add peppers and carrots, cook 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper, coriander, cumin, chili powder, oregano, chili flakes, and tomato paste, and mix until meat is evenly coated with seasonings. Continue cooking, reducing heat if necessary, until turkey is well browned.


Pour in chicken broth, and simmer to reduce liquid slightly, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, and chickpeas, and continue cooking at a moderate simmer for ten minutes.   Add zucchini, spinach and cilantro and let simmer for at least 1 hour.


Ladle chili into serving bowls. Top with sour cream and cheddar cheese, and serve.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: