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chipotle turkey chili in white bowl with gold spoon with yellow dutch oven lid

Chipotle Turkey Chili

  • Author: Elizabeth
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 large servings or 12 small servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This Smoky Chipotle Turkey Chili is super flavorful and it’s made with either ground or leftover turkey. A hearty weeknight meal perfect for Game Day, too!



2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 poblano pepper, diced

1 lb ground turkey or 2 cups leftover turkey (white, dark or mix)

2 (16 oz) cans fire-roasted tomatoes

1 (15 oz) can black, kidney or chili beans

1 chipotle pepper, diced + 1 Tablespoon canned chipotle liquid

1 jalapeno, minced

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 Tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 teaspoons kosher salt (or more to taste)

4 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup cornmeal

Toppings: avocado, cheese, sour cream, etc.


  1. In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil on medium heat until oil will spread across the pan (1-2 mins). Add in onions, bell pepper and poblano pepper and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until translucent. If using ground turkey, add in now and brown for 4-5 minutes, or until almost cooked through.
  2. Add in fire roasted tomatoes and all juices from can to pot. Drain beans from their can liquids and add into pot. Stir mixture together well and add in chipotle pepper and liquid, jalapeno, garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cinnamon, kosher salt, and broth.
  3. Stir constantly and heat chili on medium heat until simmering. Lower heat down to low and cook for an additional 30 minutes. If you desire a thicker chili, in a small bowl whisk together cornmeal and ½ cup of liquid from chili. Stir this cornmeal mixture back into the chili and cook on low for an additional 10-15 minutes. If you have time, 60 minutes on very low heat will develop the chilis flavor more. Serve with a variety of toppings like avocado, cheese, and sour cream.


If desired, add 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed, when you add the onions and peppers.

If using leftover turkey, simply omit the step to cook the turkey and add at the very end with the broth.

Keywords: Chipotle Turkey Chili, Turkey Chili, Healthy Turkey Chili, Leftover Turkey Chili, Game Day Recipes