Easy Turkey Chili

Easy Turkey Chili

When the weather turns cold, there's nothing like a warm bowl of chili to comfort and satisfy you. And if you're looking for a healthy and easy recipe, then turkey chili is the perfect choice. With just a few ingredients and a slow cooker, you can have a flavorful and filling meal for days. In this post, we'll share with you our favorite turkey chili recipe and some tips on how to customize it to your liking.

Turkey Chili with all of the fixings

Chili is comfort food for cold winter nights

Seriously making this turkey chili recipe is as easy as adding all the ingredients to a pot. Once you’ve got the chili simmering, if you have the time, it’s time to make the southern cornbread recipe. That starts by preheating your oven to 425°F.

To start with, let's take a look at the ingredients that you'll need to make this delicious turkey chili. Firstly, you'll need some lean ground turkey. Turkey is a great choice for chili because it's lean and high in protein. You'll also need some bell peppers, onion, garlic, and olive oil to give the chili its base flavor.

Next, to give the chili some texture and richness, you'll add in some diced tomatoes and two types of beans - black beans and kidney beans. You can use both light and dark kidney beans for a variety of colors and tastes. And if you want to make it spicier, you can add some green chilis and crushed red pepper flakes. For that nice chili flavor, use chili powder and ground cumin.

Now, for a little sweetness to balance the heat, you'll add Bee Inspired Eastern Shore Honey. Any of these artisanal/varietal honey may be infused with spicy peppers that give it a unique and delicious flavor. You'll need about a quarter cup of Honey to get the perfect sweet and spicy combo. Finally, season with salt and pepper to taste and add some cilantro for freshness.

To cook the chili, simply add all the ingredients to a slow cooker and set it to low for six to eight hours. The longer you cook it, the more flavorful it will be. You can also make this on the stovetop by browning the meat and then simmering everything in a large pot for an hour or two. Either way, your house will smell amazing!

When it's time to serve, you can get creative with your toppings. We recommend avocado, sliced scallions or green onions, fresh tomato, more cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream. You can also make some Southern Cornbread on the side to soak up all the delicious chili sauce.

turkey chili ready to serve


  • Lean ground turkey
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Black beans
  • Kidney beans (dark and light)
  • Green chilis
  • Chicken stock
  • Chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • Bee Inspired Honey
  • Cilantro (fresh or dried)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and peppers

These ingredients come together beautifully in a slow cooker! Slow cooking makes life so easy. If you prep all of your ingredients the night before, you could quickly follow these steps before work, set the slow-cooker to low and when you get home from work, it will be ready.

Making turkey chili in red cast iron pot surrounded by ingredients
Step by step. Top view. Cooking turkey chili in enameled cast iron covered dutch oven.

How to Make Turkey Chili

First: Brown the meat

Brown the turkey on the cooktop. Drain the fat and add the meat to the crockpot.

Second: Chop the veggies

Chop all veggies. Rinse all beans well. Add the balance of ingredients to your crockpot.

Third: Slow Cook

Set the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. When selecting your slow cooker, choose one that goes to the warm setting when cooking is complete. It’s a blessing to come home from work to a meal that’s ready and warm.

Adapting our Turkey Chili

Any recipe does not reach true perfection until you’ve added your own touch to it. At Bee Inspired Honey House, we encourage you to play with your food. Change up this recipe. Here are some ideas:

  • Not a huge fan of turkey? Use ground beef instead
  • If you're vegetarian, skip the turkey and add some kale. A cup of mixed beans is the protein, and the tomatoes, peppers, onion, herbs, and honey are packed with loads of antioxidants and vitamins. You won't miss the meat.
  • Replace peppers with organic yellow corn

Serving Turkey Chili

Chili is one of the easiest meals to make where you can be most inventive! When you prepare your meal, make bowls of sliced avocado, diced red and spring onions, chopped cilantro, grated cheese, jalapenos, sour cream chopped tomatoes or anything else that makes this eating experience a smorgasbord for your guests.

Try serving this chili on steamed brown rice, a baked potato, sweet potato or bowl of roasted squash.

Turkey chili is one of the best meals to make on a cold day. With its simple ingredients and easy cooking method, it's a perfect meal for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. And by using Bee Inspired Honey, you can add a touch of sweetness and spice that will take your chili to the next level. So, go ahead and try this recipe today and let us know how you like it! If you decide to make our Easy Turkey Chili, or better yet, your very own take, why not take a photo and share it with us using #beeinspired on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Interested in more chili recipes? This sweet potato chili recipe omits meat and is perfect for vegetarians. More of a beef person instead of turkey? This sweet and spicy chili is made with beer and is sure to be your new favorite comfort food.