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Ground Turkey Chili Recipe with Beer

This hearty and flavorful turkey chili is made with three beans, ground turkey, Italian turkey sausage, and beer. It's perfect for a cold wintery day and is best cooked long and slow on the stovetop for maximum flavor!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer, chili, ground turkey
Servings: 8 people


For the Chili Seasoning

  • ¼ cup cumin
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp black pepper

For the Chili

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb Italian turkey sausage casing removed
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers in olive oil diced
  • 1 tbs olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of black beans drained
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of cannellini beans drained
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of red kidney beans drained
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of fire roasted canned tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz. can of diced canned tomatoes
  • 1 11-12 oz. Stout Beer or 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilatro, fried onions or hot sauce for topping


For the Chili Seasoning

  • In a small mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients for chili seasoning and set aside.

For the Chili

  • In a large pot or cast iron pan, heat olive oil on medium heat.
  • Saute garlic for 1 minute, then add diced onions. Saute for 4-5 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
  • Add diced red peppers, and saute for an additonal 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ground turkey and italian sausage and cook until browned. Drain oil and return to stove.
  • Turn heat to medium high and add half of chili seasoning to turkey mixture (I use the full amount of seasoning but you can add half and add more to your liking if needed).
  • Add tomato paste to mixture and allow to toast. Be sure to turn frequently to prevent burning.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add beer. Stir up browned seasoning and meat from the bottom of the pan.
  • Reduce heat to simmer (low heat) and add beans, tomatoes and brown sugar. You can also add the remaining chili seasoning here to taste. Mix well and allow to simmer for 1 and a half hours.
  • Remove from heat and serve with your favorite toppings!


~ Store unused chili seasoning can be stored in an airtight container and saved for up to 6 months. 
~ For best results, follow recipe as specified, using the full amount of chili seasoning, brown sugar and beer. 
~ While a light lager beer can be used, a stout yields a deeper flavor.