I have been making chili since I was big enough to reach a cooker.  It’s a dish that is best shared with friends where they can help themselves to bowl (after bowl if desired) of meaty, deliciously spicy, tomato goodness.  The hearty warmth brings a smile to everyone’s face. 

I stopped eating beef in my early teens because of “Mad Cow’s Disease.”  A horrible disease that scared the bejesus out of British people back in the 1980s.  I really don’t have any yearnings for it at all, which I know to some is a crying shame and I must say as a person who likes to write about food can sometimes be a little bit of a problem.  I am lucky enough to have many friends that will comment on a beef/steak dish if needed. 

Turkey Chili simmering in the Dutch Oven

Since I stopped eating beef I have adapted many recipes using mostly turkey as an alternative… Turkey Lasagna, Turkey Meatballs, Turkey Bean Soup and Turkey Chili. 

Served with a side of chips & salsa

I made this Turkey Chili on Sunday night for myself and a friend and have enjoyed reheated leftovers after a few late-night work days this past week.

Dutch Oven Turkey Chili
Serves 6
Easy, delicious and fabulously reheatable
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Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
  1. 1lb ground lean turkey
  2. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 garlic clove, minced
  4. 2 teaspoons of chili powder (more if desired)
  5. 1 teaspoon of salt
  6. 1 teaspoon of pepper
  7. 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  8. 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  9. 14oz cans of chopped tomatoes with juice
  10. 1 16oz can of kidney beans, drained
  11. 1 8oz can of tomato paste
  12. 2 cups of Chicken Stock
  1. Brown turkey, onions, and garlic in a Dutch oven. Add chili powder, salt, pepper, cayenne and paprika and mix through to turkey.
  2. Combine turkey mixture, tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock and kidney beans together in the same pot.
  3. Cover and cook on medium-low for 45mins to an hour.
  1. Serve with sour cream and chips. Have seconds and thirds if you want. No-one will judge, least of all me after I eat two bowls full! Reheat as desired.
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