Hearty Turkey Chili Recipes You Can Feel Good About

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa Recipe
Photo: Photo: Hector Sanchez

When you crave homemade chili, you crave homemade chili. There's something about the savory, smoky, and spicy blend of peppers, meat, and beans that's oh-so-much more delicious when it comes out of your own home kitchen. One of chili's best features is its versatility—you can load it with virtually any ingredient and it still ends in an amazing dinner. Trade your classic beef chili with these turkey chili upgrades. Whether you're looking for a healthier chili recipe or simply bored with ground beef, these turkey recipes don't disappoint. With unconventional ingredients like lima beans, sweet potatoes, and quinoa, these comforting recipes are anything but ordinary. Find a cozy way to use your leftover turkey after thanksgiving with our Slow Cooker Turkey Chili that even makes use of the extra bones or mix things up with sweet potato in our Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili. So set out some bowls, a big serving spoon, and a tray of hot cornbread. These homemade chili recipes are great for dinner tonight, and can be easily frozen for many more dinners to come.

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Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili

Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili

Chipotle chiles add a kick, but sweet potatoes balance the heat. Adjust the spice in this homey chili by increasing or decreasing the amount of chipotle to suit your taste. Buy the large dried lima beans if you can find them. They really look amazing and also give the chili a decidedly Southern accent.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This slow-cooker chili recipe is as easy as it is delicious. It's best made with leftover turkey (hello Thanksgiving leftovers) and will feed a full house.

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Turkey Pumpkin Chili

turkey pumpkin chili
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Canned pumpkin helps to mellow out the fire-roasted tomatoes and create a luscious base for turkey and beans in this fall-ready recipe.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa

Healthy and hearty, this quinoa chili will become a family favorite. The recipe calls for a bottle of beer; use your favorite seasonal brew to amp up the flavor. The alcohol will evaporate as the chili simmers in the slow cooker.

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Quick Chocolate Chili

Chocolate Chili
Sheri Castle

Recipe: Quick Chocolate Chili

Chocolate in chili? Don't write it off until you've tried it. Cocoa powder lends a rich depth and cinnamon a little unexpected spice.

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow-cooker Turkey Chili
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Our Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili gets a little help from a can of beer and a can of tomato sauce. Simple, but so darn good.

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