Spicy Turkey Three-Bean Chili

This is my spicy take on the chili my mom used to make when I was growing up. She always used ground beef, but I like mixing it up and using turkey most of the time. Either is really good here. This recipe makes a lot of chili, and it’s awesome comfort food that’ll wake up your taste buds. I like adding some shredded cheese, avocado pieces and a big dollop of sour cream at the end, but it’s not necessary, just encouraged.

Spicy Turkey Three-Bean Chili

Spicy Turkey Three-Bean Chili
Ashley Covelli (adapted from Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two)

1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
2 pounds ground beef or turkey
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
3 cans red/kidney/chili beans, undrained
3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Optional toppings:
Shredded cheese (cheddar or a Mexican blend are both great choices)
Sour cream
Avocado

Heat a large stock pot over moderate heat. Sauté onion in butter. Add meat and brown. Drain fat and add ingredients through mustard. Simmer 30 minutes, covered.

Add beans, tomato juice and remaining spices and heat through.

Top with cheese, sour cream and avocado and enjoy!

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

2 Comments

  • Mom says:

    My recipe actually is from Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two cookbook, if you want to give credit where credit is due. I also make mine spicier than I used to, because you didn’t like it very hot when you were growing up. I’ll have to try your version. 🙂

  • Ashley says:

    Thanks, mom! 🙂

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