Quick Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili

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Quick Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili is a hearty but healthy chili recipe 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! 

Quick and Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili Recipe

Easy Turkey Chipotle Chili Recipe

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.

Easy Turkey Chili Recipe topped with cheese and sour cream

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.

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe in a crock


Quick Chipotle Turkey Chili

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5 from 4 votes

Quick & Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili

Hearty but healthy, with smoky spice and robust flavor. Bonus - have it on the table in 30 minutes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • half of a medium onion chopped
  • 1-1 1/4 lb ground turkey
  • one chipotle minced from a can of chipotles in adobo, plus 1 Tablespoon of the adobo sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon 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.


  • 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.
  • Add the turkey and cook until it is browned and cooked through, breaking up as it cooks.
  • Add the chipotles, adobo sauce, chili powder, cumin, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, and beans.
  • 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.
  • Serve with your favorite chili fixin's.


Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.



Here are some other chili recipes to choose from…

Beef and Bison Chili

Pork Chili

Chicken, Duck, and Turkey Chili

Mixed (meat combo) Chili

Fish and Seafood Chili

Vegetarian Chili


Best Wines To Pair with Chili #SundaySupper from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

  1. 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!

  2. Barbee

    5 stars
    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. Love it!! And can totally imagine the deliciousness since our recipes are so similar 🙂 Gorgeous pics and I agree its the BEST chili 🙂

  4. Laura

    I do always associate chili as something that cooks for hours. Wonderful to find a chili that has all the flavour but not as much time effort.

  5. Katie

    I just want to dig right into this bowl of chili! It looks so hearty, and I love that it is quick and easy to make!

  6. 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?

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