Chili/ Turkey

Turkey Chili with Tortilla Strips

On the menu tonight – Turkey Chili!

The temperature dropped in the last couple of days which means one thing in my house – CHILI! I’ve been trying to use up some things in the freezer and fridge lately and chili is the perfect dish to use things up. This version has ground turkey, some onion, garlic, bell peppers, and a pepperoncini pepper (I got one last pepper from my plant this week).

Usually, I’ll let the chili cook a long time but this one was done in about 30 minutes. Of course, the longer you let it simmer the deeper the flavor will get. Even in the relatively short time this cooked, the flavors were great. If you want a little something to warm you up as the temperatures drop, make a batch of this chili!

Turkey Chili

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes

Turkey Chili


  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1.25 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 Vidalia onion, diced
  • 1 Pepperoncini Pepper (can subtsitute any other pepper you like. Go habanero if you want to burn your face off, or jalapeno for a little heat)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 2 Tbsp grill seasoning, any brand (I used Montreal Chicken Seasoning)
  • 4 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-3 Tbsp hot sauce, any brand
  • 1 14oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 bottle of beer, any beer you like (I used an IPA)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, any brand (I used up the last of one in my fridge door)
  • Tortilla strips, either home made or pre-packaged type for salads



Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat


Add the ground turkey meat with the chili powder, cumin, grill seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce


Brown the meat for about 5 minutes, then add the onions, bell pepper, and garlic


Deglaze the pot with the beer, while scraping any bits from the bottom


Add the tomato sauce and BBQ sauce and bring to a simmer


Let the chili simmer at least 10 minutes


Check your seasoning and heat level


Serve immediately garnishing with your favorite toppings (see below for suggestions)


Garnish your chili with your favorite toppings. Some suggestions include: shredded cheddar cheese chopped green onions finely diced vidalia onions tortilla strips sour cream

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