Easy Ground Turkey Chili with Cornbread Muffins

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! We had a fun filled week with my family that was visiting from AZ. I think we’ve just about convinced them all to move on down to Newport Beach with us. It really was a great weekend. We watched the fireworks at the Newport Dunes and they put on quite the impressive show. I bet we’ll make it a tradition to go back there. Amidst all the entertaining, we also enjoyed this delicious and hearty, easy ground turkey chili recipe.

I am a huge chili fan, I think we make it at least once or twice a month. I was so excited to see that Costco now sells 1 lb packs of ground turkey just like their ground beef that I’ve been buying for years. I’ve always loved substituting turkey for beef, so maybe I’ll be trying it out more often now that it’s readily available at Costco. I love this easy turkey chili because it tastes as though it’s been simmering all day when you could actually have it on the table in about 20 minutes. It’s thick and full of great chili flavor.

Don’t forget to make these spicy cheddar cornbread muffins that I’ve made before. They are the best I’ve found. Enjoy!!

Thank you Laurie from Tip Junkie for Interviewing me on your blog. Check it out HERE!


Have a great week! See you all soon with a killer chocolate cookie, you won’t want to miss it!
A bowl of easy ground turkey chili served with cornbread muffins.

Easy Ground Turkey Chili

This hearty turkey chili recipe is an easy weeknight dinner! Made with ground turkey and spices, perfect for serving with spicy cheddar cornbread muffins.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large white onion finely diced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp Lawry’s Garlic Salt
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 14 oz chicken broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste (small can)
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 cans black beans or a medley of choice, ie. black beans, chili beans, red kidney beans
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (Tabasco)
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin


  • Heat oil into a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in turkey, salt, pepper and garlic salt; cook until browned and no longer pink.
  • Add chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, hot sauce, chili powder and cumin. Reduce heat to low and simmer until ready to serve.
  • Serve with cornbread muffins.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 529mg | Potassium: 763mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 983IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords: easy chili recipe, homemade chili

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  1. techlazy.com

    I have been pre-cooking ground beef for a long time – it is just so much easier to do it once and be done with if for a while. Sometimes I cook a batch that is just plain ground beef – and then I’ll do another batch and add green peppers and onions. I also store mine in freezer zip lock bags due to the storage issue – much easier to store flat.

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  5. Making Our Life Matter

    Looks good! Never thought of green chili cheddar biscuits. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Neucky

    This recipe looks great! I’d love to try it out for a football party this weekend. How many servings does it make? Thanks!

  7. Robyn

    Made this chili last night and it was very good! I used beef broth because I ran out of chicken broth and I had to add more salt than the recipe stated but the finished product was awesome!

  8. betsy

    I loved love this chili! It was super easy (my other chili recipe require a lot more ingredients). My husband couldn’t stop raving about it!

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  10. Glenda Thomas

    Your chili recipe looks so good even to this vegetarian.
    I plan to try this but with a few substitutes.
    The chili cheddar muffins sounds super too!

  11. Cheryl Newton

    Hi, Jenny,
    I see cloves of garlic listed in this recipe, but not where to add them. Do they get sauteed with the onion, or with the turkey, etc.? I have a go-to turkey chili recipe; I can’t wait to try this one!
    Thanks (again!),

  12. Gay Guru

    I took some artistic license with this recipe and did the following with tasty results if I do say so myself:

    In addition to the turkey meat, I used a package of hot turkey sausage, uncased and broken up.
    I added 5 stalks of celery (each stalk sliced in 3 lengthwise then diced about the same size as the onion)
    I used the whole can (15oz) of tomato sauce and about 3/4 a can of chicken stock.
    I completely omitted the the garlic salt and added about half a teaspoon paprika, cilantro and oregano.
    The sausage was “hot” so I lightened up on the tabasco sauce too.

    I love this as a base recipe because I love to cook and tart up the recipes I find to make them “my own”. Thanks for the great start! This was my first attempt at making chili!

  13. lisa

    This looks like another great recipe! What size can of chopped tomatoes did you use? Thanks!!!!

  14. KatieJ

    I'm going to have to try this one tonight, since it's 5:15 and I haven't started anything! I just went to Costco today, that ground turkey is less than $2.50/lb! exciting…

  15. Debbie

    I must try the green chili cheddar muffins for my son's 1st bday party coming up soon. We're having an all american bbq- they will be perfect. thanks!

  16. Vicki Kemsley Parry

    My Mouth is watering, just reading this recipe. I printed it off and I'm going to make it today! Thanks Jenny!

  17. Alicia

    Hey Jenny; I remember you mentioned when you lived in AZ you liked to shop the Superstition Ranch Mkt. On a trip to Disneyland I found an awesome Anaheim equivalent (or maybe even an upgrade!). You mentioned your family has Disneyland passes… on your next visit check out the Euclid Farmers Market just off Euclid and Katella. It's within a few minutes of DL, and I was quite wowed with the quality of produce and the awesome prices.

    The chili looks great!

  18. Indigo

    I love chili, and making it with turkey sounds amazing… the internet is making me so hungry today!

  19. Jamie

    I've been wanting to try turkey chili and was just talking about it the other day. I'm going to try your recipe soon. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Laura

    I was skeptical about turkey chili. Finally tried it this pas fall and loved it!

    The muffins look great too. A welcome change from a regular cornbread or jalapeno cornbread muffin.

  21. Mila

    Great to know there is another Cosco fanatic among us! This looks fantastic! Turkey chilli is always one of my faves

  22. Jennifer

    Oh how quickly one forgets that chili in AZ in July just don't mix! In Newport during June Gloom it is great though! If you get a chance, try the clam chowder at Newport Dunes! YUMMY!

  23. Jenn@slim-shoppin

    I could eat chili year round, doesn't matter how hot it is, I love it!

    This is a little different than the one I make, it looks amazing!

    Thanks for posting the recipe!

  24. Jenny

    Sounds great Jenny. Isn't it a ton more expensive to live in Newport though then here in the valley?

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