Chef John's Turkey Chili

Chef John's Turkey Chili

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"I served mine with some beautifully ripe slices of avocado that gives the final bowl another layer of silky richness. By the way, don't let the cocoa powder in our chili spice mixture throw you off! It's only a small amount and it really works. My chili was garnished with sour cream, diced jalapeno, cilantro and avocado."

Ingredients 1 h 50 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 448 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 448 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 18.9 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 27.9g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 45.1 g
  • 90%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 140 mg
  • 47%
  • Sodium:
  • 1635 mg
  • 65%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Mix the ancho chile powder, paprika, cumin, salt, chipotle pepper, oregano, cocoa powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ground turkey and garlic. Cook and stir until turkey is no longer pink, breaking up any large chunks, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in the spice mixture. Cook until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato puree and water. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low. Cook until the turkey meat is broken down, about 1 hour. Stir in the beans, and continue to simmer until flavors have blended, 20 to 30 more minutes.
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rompelman
2/2/2012

We loved this chili! I will make it again for my husbands birthday party. It is spicy so just put less spice and add until it is right for you. Very good.

chrysb
11/15/2011

Spicy but very tasty. Added an extra can of maple flavoured beans. Will use this recipe again. Thanks chef John!

PLee
8/21/2014

I heart this recipe so so much!!! I love that the flavor is complex - you can adjust the heat. And what I love most is using the chili spice as a rub on grilled chicken and fish. When I make this recipe, I double the spices, store 1/2 of them in a covered jar, and make the chili with the rest. The spice mix stays on-hand when I'm in a hurry. Rub it together with a T of oil into some chicken thighs and grill for a quick, DeLicious dinner.