Quick and Easy Turkey Chili - VeryVera

Quick and Easy Turkey Chili

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 45m
  • Total Time: 1h


  • 1 tbsp. pure olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans of low-sodium pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 3 c low-sodium tomato juice
  • 2 bay leaves, preferably fresh
  • ¼ cup ground dried red chiles
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 45 to 60 seconds.
  4. Add the tomatoes, beans, turkey, and carrot.
  5. Using a wooden spoon, break up the turkey, then add the tomato juice.
  6. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  7. Decrease the heat to simmer and add the bay leaves, ground chiles, cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is tender and the flavors have married, about 30 minutes.
  10. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.
  11. Ladle into warmed bowls and serve immediately.