Sharing our favorite turkey chili recipe today made with simple pantry ingredients. My Taco Turkey Chili is simple to prepare and packed with delicious taco flavors!
Making dinners that use simple pantry ingredients are so helpful right now while we’re navigating how to deal with the Corona Virus that has consumed our lives so quickly. I’m here to help! I’ve got a good eye for quick fix dinners and I’ll be here to get some simple dinners on your table.
What You’ll Need
- extra virgin olive oil– The oil is used to saute the vegetables.
- ground turkey (can also use ground chicken, ground beef or ground sausage)- You can choose whatever protein you like for this chili.
- Ranch Dressing Seasoning packet– Find the Ranch Seasoning packet near the salad dressing at the grocery store.
- ground cumin– Ground cumin is so delicious in Mexican style dishes. Find it in the spices isle at the grocery store.
- kosher salt, black pepper– Kosher salt is a coarse salt commonly used in cooking and baking. Freshly cracked black pepper is what I prefer for best tasting results.
- garlic salt– Look for the Lawry’s brand of garlic salt.
- diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel, mild)– The tomatoes with chilies add a nice layer of flavor and color to the chili.
- can of corn, drained– Sweet corn kernels work great. Fresh or canned.
- can of black beans, drained– Find the beans in the caned beans/vegetable isle of the grocery store.
- can of kidney beans, drained– Find the beans in the caned beans/vegetable isle of the grocery store.
- can of tomato paste– Find the tomato paste near the tomato sauce at the grocery store. Tomato paste is thick and it adds thickness to the chili.
- prepared mild salsa– Any of your favorite prepared salsa works great here.
- chicken broth– Check for the reduced sodium chicken broth, that’s what I get for my recipes.
- chopped cilantro (optional)– Fresh cilantro garnished on top is a lovely touch. Find in the produce section of the grocery store.
How To Make Turkey Chili
- Place olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When hot, add turkey, Ranch seasoning, cumin, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Cook and stir to combine and brown. Once turkey is browned, add corn, tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, salsa and chicken broth. Stir to combine and let cook for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low to simmer until ready to serve. Garnish top of chili with fresh cilantro if desired. We like to serve our chili with shredded cheese, sour cream, green onion, and salsa.
Add seasonings to turkey while browning. If you don’t have Ranch Dressing dry seasoning, you can add 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt in its place.
Can I Substitute Another Meat?
Yes, feel free to substitute with ground chicken, ground beef and even ground sausage.
Add the canned items, corn, tomatoes, beans, and tomato paste.
Stir in your favorite prepared salsa and chicken broth. Stir to combine then simmer on low until ready to serve.
How To Serve Turkey Chili
- Serve turkey chili by itself with your favorite toppings such as sour cream, tortilla chips, shredded cheese, chopped green onions and even bacon crumbles.
- Serve chili over rice for another option. It’s always nice to serve with a side salad too.
Can I Freeze Chili?
Yes, let chili cool, place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost and heat to serve.
Taco Turkey Chili
- Dutch Oven
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- mixing spoons
- can opener
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons Ranch Dressing dry seasoning mix
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 15 ounce can corn drained
- two 10 ounce cans diced tomatoes with green chilies such as Rotel (mild)
- 15 ounce can black beans drained
- 15 ounce can kidney beans drained
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 1/2 cup prepared salsa
- 1/2 cup chicken broth or more if you'd like.
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish if you'd like
- Place olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When hot, add turkey, Ranch seasoning, cumin, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Cook and stir to combine and brown. When turkey is browned, add corn, tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, salsa and chicken broth. Stir to combine and let cook for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low to simmer until ready to serve. Garnish top of chili with fresh cilantro if desired. We like to serve our chili with shredded cheese, sour cream, green onion, and salsa.