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  • Writer's pictureJDesiree

Homemade Turkey Chili

Before Spring Break, here in San Antonio Texas, the weather was over-casted and rainy. Kind of cold too, I told my boy friend I was going to make chili and he asked me, “What’s in it?”.  I said, “love”(LOL)…

I knew he wasn’t a ‘bean’ lover, so I wanted to make sure it had as much flavor as possible so he would love it.  This by far is my favorite chili and I hope y’all love it too!! By the way he loved it and ate the beans too! Please comment or like the recipe if you have a chance.


  • 1 pack of ground turkey  (usually 1 lb.)

  • 2-3 romain tomates

  • 1.5 white onion

  • 1 red pepper (I usually freeze mine to keep fresh and I clean them before freezing)

  • 3-4 fresh basil

  • 1 can of organic red beans or low sodium (or just regular can)

  • 1 can of tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger (cut off a piece from the root and take off skin)

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  • **Season periodically with salt, pepper, dried garlic, Adobo (Goya)***


  1. Clean and big chop red pepper, 1 white onion, and fresh ginger into a blender. Blend until it is a paste.

  2. (Optional) In a big pot, fill with water, and add ground turkey. Bring to a boil and drain meat. (An old trick from my grandmother: boiling meats helps take out all the access fast out of ground meats).

  3. Place the 1/2 white onion on the bottom of the same pot with a drizzle of olive oil, medium heat. Cook until onions sweat, then add ground turkey.

  4. Cook, season with salt, pepper, garlic, Adobo (be sure not to put too much because it already contains salt) and turn with the onions until brown.

  5. Add the blended mixture and red beans to the big pot.

  6. Turn until fragrant.Add tomato paste

  7. Pour 2-3 (or more) cups of water. Be sure to start with 2 cups first, then add more if you like your chili to be more soupy.  Add fresh basil.

  8. Let boil for about 8-10 minutes.

  9. Cut romain tomatoes in triangles, remove seeds and clean. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 10-20 minutes.

**Serve over rice (I prefer white long grain Jasmine with herbs like chopped fresh rosemary, theeee best!) and a side of sweet corn bread (which I put cinnamon, honey, and sugar in mine).

Let me know if you tired it and what you think!!


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