Rainy Day Turkey Chili

Rainy Day ChiliThis is my most favorite chili recipe hands down!  We eat it throughout the year, even if it isn’t raining.  There isn’t a whole lot that goes into the recipe so it doesn’t take a long time to prepare.  You can make it an hour before dinner time or let it simmer in the crock-pot all day.  It’s so good served with sharp cheddar cheese and a teaspoonful of sour cream!  This recipe makes a big pot of chili!  It will serve 12-18 people easily.  We often eat half the pot for one meal and freeze the other half for another day.  It’s also a great recipe to make if you are cooking for another family!


Good olive oil

1 package ground turkey (1.5 lbs.)

2 large onions, chopped

2 tablespoons garlic, chopped finely

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons ground cumin

4 teaspoons dried oregano

Sea salt

Red pepper flakes (optional)

3 cups cooked pinto beans or 2 (15 oz.) cans, rinsed and drained

3 cups cooked black beans or 2 (15 oz.) cans, rinsed and drained

2 cups water

2 quarts canned tomatoes ( I like to replace one of the quarts as fire roasted tomatoes with green chilies)

In a large dutch oven use 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook the ground turkey thoroughly.  Add the chopped onions and garlic.  Cook for 5 minutes or until soft.  Add the seasonings including 1 teaspoon sea salt and red pepper flakes according to how hot you want your chili.  Add the beans, water and tomatoes.  Let simmer on medium uncovered for 30-45 minutes or in a crock-pot all day on low.

Serve with:  sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, avocado, cilantro, corn bread and a green salad!


Emily Saddler

Emily is first a wife to her best friend Ryan, homeschool mom of 7 awesome kids, Holistic Health Practitioner in the state of Utah and Traditional Naturopath outside of the state of Utah, master gardener, yoga/pilates instructor, certified clinical and master herbalist, licensed massage therapist, and doula. She is a very passionate advocate of all things Mother Nature! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops. Check out the events and classes page for more info.

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