Quick & Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili for a #SundaySupper Chili Cook-Off

Beef, chicken, red, white, beans, no beans, only beans – what kind of chili do you like? You have the chance to tell us by voting for your favorite in this week’s #SundaySupper Chili Cook-Off. My entry falls in the meaty, red, with beans category. It’s a hearty but healthy chili packed with the perfect level of smoky spice and a deep, rich flavor. And bonus – you can have it on the table in 30 minutes, or let it simmer all day, chill out in the fridge overnight, or save it for later in the freezer! Whatever you do, your chili recipe repertoire has to explained to include this Quick & Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili.

Quick & Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili Recipe

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You guys, this is my very first Chili Cook-Off? What’s up for grabs? One ticket to the 2014 Food and Wine Conference plus a $25 gift card. Most importantly, though, at least to me – BRAGGING RIGHTS! I mean, this is Sunday Supper, people. Some of my very best food bloggy cooker friends. You know the caliber of people in this group, so I have stiff competition. And I’m ready to take them all down!

Sorry peeps! Love ya’s!

Obviously I am taking this challenge seriously. Literally the minute I saw this event posted, I sent out a Facebook APB. Isabel and company found this absolutely hysterical, but I’m a competitor. And since I already have the BEST CHILI EVER posted on my site (don’t believe me? Seriously, try this stuff. #lifechanging), I knew I need a good starting point. I mean, in my mind, chili is something that needs to be refined and tweaked and perfected, so given the time constraints, I didn’t want to start from scratch. Luckily my friend Kara came to my rescue.

I should have known she would. I mean Kara is a freelance writer/journalist/editor/web designer/book author/wedding photographer/business owner/social media maven/work-at-home-mom to two boys/grammar queen/aunt to about 2957492 nieces and nephews/occasional food blogger (I know all this because she asked me for a quick proofread of her resume last night – nope, no pressure there!). I mean, of course she would have her own killer chili recipe conveniently available online. Duh! <– ode to Full House, since she is also a fellow 80′s/early 90′s junkie

Quick & Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili | cupcakesandkalechips.com | #chilicookoff #glutenfree

Now, as amazing as those million-ingredient, slow-simmering chili recipes taste, sometimes you just want chili NOW. Like, on a Tuesday night, after you’ve worked/chased kids/walked dogs/fought traffic/monitored all of your social media accounts (oh wait, that’s just us bloggy-types) all day. You need a chili recipe that has a deep, well-developed flavor without needing all of that time. And you want it a little healthier too, right? By using turkey, but enhancing it and bringing that rich smokiness from a combination of beef broth or stock and chipotles in adobo, you get that cooked all day flavor, but you can have it on the table in no time.

The beef broth truly adds a meaty dimension to this Chipotle Turkey Chili, but I did find without cooking it for a long time, it was a little liquidy until it sat in the fridge overnight. So rather than cutting out the broth, I am going to recommend draining the tomatoes, unless you prefer a thinner consistency or are making it a day or so in advance. But you know what, whatever – it tastes AWESOME! We all devoured it. Even the littlest one!

I am so grateful to Kara for a great recipe that was a perfect starting point. Just a few tweaks based on what I had and some personal preferences, and this may now be my go-to for when I don’t want to make an entire vat or chili, which is what my other favorite recipe produces.

Now that you have drilled over my photos, salivated over my description, and maybe checked out some of the other recipes, make sure you go vote for mine your favorite HERE!

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And all of the other #SundaySupper Chili Cook-Off entries are linked at the bottom of this post. Check them out!

Quick & Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili | cupcakesandkalechips.com | #chilicookoff #glutenfreeSo which recipe are you voting for? (Hint hint…)

Quick & Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili
Hearty but healthy, with smoky spice and robust flavor. Bonus - have it on the table in 30 minutes!
Recipe type: Chili, Turkey, Main
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • half of a medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1¼ lb ground turkey
  • one chipotle (minced) from a can of chipotles in adobo, plus 1 T of the adobo sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • one 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (drain for a thicker chili if you are not preparing in advance)
  • one 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth or stock
  • one 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • cheese, sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt), tortilla chips, or your favorite chili fixin's for serving.
  1. Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, and saute for 3-5 minutes, or until it starts to soften and turn translucent.
  2. Add the turkey and cook until it is browned and cooked through, breaking up as it cooks.
  3. Add the chipotles, adobo sauce, chili powder, cumin, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, and beans.
  4. Stir, bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes (or longer if desired), or until heated through and slightly thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with your favorite chili fixin's.


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How about something to go with your chili?

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So, you know, if you really want to consider voting for a recipe other than mine, there are plenty of awesome ones to choose from…

Will YOU be a part of the #SundaySupper Chili Cook-Off judges panel this week? Voting is live at the Sunday Supper Movement Online Community Magazine starting now and concluding (fittingly) on February 27 – National Chili Day! Browse the submissions and cast your vote by clicking HERE!

Beef and Bison Chili

Pork Chili

Chicken, Duck, and Turkey Chili

Mixed (meat combo) Chili

Fish and Seafood Chili

Vegetarian Chili


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  1. says

    I love the tip about using beef broth with the turkey – I probably wouldn’t have done that. I really want to know what bottle of wine you have behind your bowl of chili – it has a shark on it?

  2. Barbee says

    CAREFUL!!! The ‘vote’ button is ABOVE the one you like-not below as one would;d normally expect.
    I really prefer yours because it makes good use of that ground turkey that I got real cheap AND it uses black beans. I LOVE black turtle beans!
    Thanks. Good Luck!

  3. says

    I love the addition of the smoky chipotle pepper, Brianne! It’s not an ingredient I can find here usually, so I bring back a couple of cans from home when I am in the States. One has now been earmarked for this lovely chili!

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