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Chipotle Turkey Chili

I have been cooking my entire life. I grew up around amazing home cooks, and my father is still the best chef I know.

chipotle turkey chili

chipotle turkey chili

There are so many ways to make chili. This is a foolproof and much lighter version of basic chili. I had a bunch of veggies and ground meat that I needed to get rid of, so chili was a perfect way to do that. Not to mention, it is amazing as leftovers! But don't think that because it is lower in calories, it is lower in flavor.

It is very easy to add a ton of flavor to things like soups and stews but not all the extra calories with a lot of different spices. With this version, I used chipotles, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and a little bit of smoked paprika. It turned out just wonderful to warm us up on a cold February day!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

About 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adoboe sauce, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons adoboe sauce
  • 2 cans brooks hot chili beans
  • 1 can rotel
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon corrdiander
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • A few shakes preferred hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oil of your choosing


  1. Place large pot over medium high heat. Throw in onions, peppers, chipotles, spices, and salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes so spices can bloom.
  2. Then add the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add the beans (do not drain), rotel (do not drain), hot sauce, adoboe sauce, and water. Combine all ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil and let reduce for about an hour.
  5. Serve loaded with cheese, sour cream, and onions or alone and enjoy!

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