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One Pot Turkey Chili in white bowls with gold spoons, avocado, cilantro and limes on marble

One Pot Turkey Chili

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  • Author: Aberdeen
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


Quick, simple, nutritious chili recipe with Mexican inspired flavors all done in one pot. Gluten and dairy free!


Units Scale
  • 1 lb ground turkey (93% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder, more as desired for spice level
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach (not thawed)
  • 15 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 4 ounce can diced green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate shavings
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chunky red salsa (I used La Victoria medium)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh chopped cilantro and sliced green onion, to garnish


  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add turkey cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne powder. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until turkey is no longer pink.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, and green chilies. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is somewhat softened.
  3. Stir in the garlic and chocolate. Cook 1 minute, until fragrant.
  4. Add tomatoes and lime juice. Scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add beans, salsa, chicken broth, and frozen spinach. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro and green onion. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes