This Hearty Turkey Chili sure does bring back memories of my childhood. When I was a kid, my mom made chili every Monday. She knew these were rough days for all of us and having something hot, delicious, home-cooked and easy to put together made Mondays a bit more bearable. While I may not make this Hearty Turkey Chili every Monday, it’s certainly a staple at our house. I’ve tried a number of other chili recipes, but I always come back to this one.
Since my boys are not tomato fans, finding a chili recipe they enjoy is a challenge. However, this recipe uses stewed tomatoes which are fairly large and easy to avoid when dishing up. My “food inspectors” occasionally find minuscule bits of tomato in their bowl and call me out, but overall, there’s very little complaining!
The other must-have ingredient is Joan of Arc Spicy Chili Beans. Generally, I’ll substitute store-brand for name brand, but in this case, I have to use these beans! I’ve tried this recipe with other brands, and it never comes out exactly how I like it. The thick consistency and spice mixture used in the Joan of Arc beans is spot-on and makes the chili come together nicely.
I pretty much exclusively use ground turkey in place of ground beef. My family doesn’t taste the difference and I like the lower fat content. However, if you’re an all-beef-all-the-time cook, feel free to substitute beef for the turkey. Just be sure to drain the meat after you’re finished browning it for less grease.
While the recipe below directs you to cook the chili on the stove-top, I also make it in the slow cooker with excellent results. For the slow cooker version, brown the meat with the onions as directed. Transfer it to the slow cooker and add the beans, tomatoes and spices. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
Serve this chili with your favorite toppings including cheese, onions, oyster crackers, avocado or crispy tortilla chips. This recipe also freezes well and reheats beautifully.
Hearty Turkey Chili
- 20 oz. package ground turkey
- 2 medium yellow onions, diced
- 2 14.5 oz. cans stewed tomatoes
- 4 14.5 oz. cans Joan of Arc Spicy Chili Beans
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- In a large dutch oven, brown turkey with onions. Drain.
- Add tomatoes, beans, bay leaves and chili powder. Simmer for one hour. Serve immediately.
- Leftovers can be frozen for up to three months.