Ground Turkey Chili

Well, it’s officially winter. The first snow is in the books, now we can all settle into it. Deep breath. The good news about the first snow fall is that Abby has become very easy to find in the back yard. I can walk away from the window and when I get back I can actually find her! This seems petty, but believe me it’s helpful.

A few weeks ago I was fresh out of bed, coffee mug in my hand, standing by the back door while Abby went outside. Before I knew it she was barking. This is unusual for oh dark thirty in the morning. She usually does her business and comes right back in. I stepped outside to take a peek, and I saw a rather large animal. Under my breath I demanded that Abby come inside. She ran straight for me, landing right on my foot. I got her inside and as I turned around, my neighbors motion sensor went off, just in time for me to get a clear view of the coyote as it jumped over my (low) fence and into the neighbors yard it went.

Needless to say, Mike had a rude awakening as I ran upstairs spilling my precious coffee with my heart racing. My panic of course was over Mike’s pending deer hunting trip just two days away, he was leaving me for the weekend alone with the dog, and what if something happened to her… and so on and so on. When I got home from work, I too had a motion sensor flood light for the back yard. Good grief I love that man, it’s the little things people.

The other good news about winter is of course, crock pot season. The first time I made this chili there was a different variation. Somehow, we had run out of chili powder. I chose not to tell Mike this fact, or my father. After they had each downed two bowls and told me how delicious it was I explained that I had no onion, chili powder or ground beef, that I had swapped hot sausage for the beef and improvised on the rest.  Mike just laughed and said “of course you made chili without chili powder and it was still good…”.

The variation you see here is a tiny bit better for you, I was trying to clean it up a little. This version is mushroom heavy, and contains ground turkey instead of sausage. I topped mine with a spoonful of full fat coconut milk and a few slices of jalapeños. Still can’t seem to get enough of those these days. Set it and forget it.



1.5 lbs. ground turkey

1 tablespoon olive oil

16 oz. of sliced mushrooms

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 handful of kale, chopped, optional

2 (15 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes

1 (15 oz) can on tomato sauce

1 cup of chicken stock

1 (15 oz) can of cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon of cumin

a pinch of cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon chili powder

salt and pepper, to taste


Garnish with your favorites - cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, scallions, etc. Mine is topped with coconut milk and jalapeños.


1. In a sautee pan, brown your ground turkey in olive oil and place in a crock pot.

2. Add in the remaining ingredients and cover. Cook on high in your crockpot for 2 hours. Drop it down to low for an additional hour. Serve warm.


3 Responses to “Ground Turkey Chili”

  1. #
    Sandra — November 11, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Sounds really good (well, once I make substitutions for those bell peppers of course).
    Not digging the weather but thanks for the blog post to help me remember the up side (crockpots).
    Scary about the coyote and little Abby!

  2. #
    Taylor @ greens & chocolate — November 13, 2021 at 11:11 am

    We need to install one of those too! And while I’m not SUPER happy about how cold it has gotten, I am totally okay with soup and crock pot season. Bring on the comfort food! This chili looks like perfection!

  3. #
    laurasmess — November 13, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    What gorgeous winter food. Warming and deliciously spiced! Hope that you’ve been going well Mackenzie, I’ve gotten so behind on my blog reading since I’ve been home (with no internet, still awaiting broadband!). Argh, that coyote story is pretty frightening….! I think I would’ve spilled more than just my coffee! x

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