Chipotle Turkey Chili Recipe

Chipotle Turkey Chili Recipe
Chili powder


Chili powder

I am kind of a baby when it comes to spicy food. So, I felt really adventurous when I decided to make this turkey chili with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. (Get a can of that stuff, taste it, and tell me that’s not spicy...)

I’ve made turkey chili before, but always with a kitchen sink-type list of ingredients (Extra celery? Throw it in there...), so this time I wanted to go in streamlined and with a kick. The crunch and sweetness of corn really works with the smoky kick of the adobo sauce and the hit of spice you get when you bite into a little piece of chipotle pepper. I used organic, no-salt-added tomato soup instead of stock, which I find can make a chili too runny. Plus, the extra tomato flavor adds a light richness to the base of the chili.

Okay, enough waxing poetic — go forth with this spicy (for me) turkey chili. Serve with cornbread hot from the oven!

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Drizzle a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of a large pot over medium heat. Season the ground turkey with salt and pepper, breaking up the meat with your hands, and add it into the pot. Cook until there’s no pink left on the meat, about 8 minutes, then put the turkey into a bowl and set aside.

Add the onion and garlic to the pot, and cook until the onions are translucent, about 6-7 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Add the chipotle peppers and reserved adobo sauce, stir well, and add the turkey back in. Then, add the cumin, chili powder, tomato paste, and crushed tomatoes, and stir well to combine.

Add the tomato soup, scraping everything from the bottom of the pan, and simmer together for about 20 minutes. Add the canned beans and corn and cook until just warmed through, roughly 8 minutes. Season with additional salt, pepper, or chili powder, to taste, and serve immediately.


Note: I prefer cannellini beans, but you could substitute kidney, black, navy, or pinto beans for them, whichever you like best. Also, the corn can be removed with no major change of flavors — it just makes the whole thing taste lighter and almost summery, so if you want hearty and comforting, maybe leave it out.


Calories per serving:

451 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 14g 22%
  • Carbs 51g 17%
  • Saturated 3g 16%
  • Fiber 11g 43%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Monounsaturated 6g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 35g 70%
  • Cholesterol 78mg 26%
  • Sodium 531mg 22%
  • Calcium 153mg 15%
  • Magnesium 124mg 31%
  • Potassium 1,371mg 39%
  • Iron 7mg 37%
  • Zinc 5mg 31%
  • Phosphorus 427mg 61%
  • Vitamin A 66µg 7%
  • Vitamin C 19mg 32%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 20%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 18%
  • Niacin (B3) 10mg 51%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 51%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 139µg 35%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 19%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 16%
  • Vitamin K 16µg 19%
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