Easy Turkey Beef Chili is a favorite at our house in the colder months. I like it because it’s easy, nutritious and everyone’s happy at the dinner table. This is a milder, sweet chili, perfect after a day on the slopes or building snowmen.
Add a little hot sauce to pack heat and choose the chili seasoning packet according to what you like. Don’t laugh or throw tomatoes, but we’re mild chili people at our house, so we use a mild chili seasoning packet. This is also a mildly sweet chili, with a little bit of brown sugar to cut the spice. You can add the brown sugar or leave it out.
I’ve made this recipe for years and I like it for a few reasons. One, I use half ground turkey and half ground beef. This cuts some of the fat, but none of the flavor. In fact my family doesn’t even know I sub in half ground turkey and I’m not exactly going to start revealing secrets now….
Another reason I really like this Easy Turkey Beef Chili is that it’s so quick and easy to make. I can have dinner on the table in less than half an hour. It also doesn’t take many ingredients, and the chili hot beans really contribute great flavor. I found the chili hot beans in the Mexican section at the grocery store, FYI.
Another reason I love this recipe is it doubles and triples easily, and is the perfect and easy main dish for parties. Easy Turkey Beef Chili can be heated in the slow cooker once the beef is browned, and I’ll often double the recipe. Extra chili freezes perfectly for another meal.
Brown the ground turkey and ground beef in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Drain off the fat. Then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or longer. Serve steaming hot with a dollop of sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro. Cornbread and a green salad round out a great meal.
Easy Turkey Beef Chili
- 2 cans chili hot beans
- 2 cans stewed tomatoes
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 1 chili seasoning packet use what you prefer, mild, medium or hot
- a few splashes worcestershire sauce
- Optional: stir in a few drops of Tabasco pepper sauce for a little heat.
- Optional garnishes: sour cream or Greek yogurt chopped fresh cilantro, avocado slices.
- In Dutch oven or large soup pot and over high heat, brown ground turkey and ground beef.
- Drain off fat.
- Add remaining ingredients to pot.
- Stir in chili seasoning packet and splashes of worcestershire sauce.
- Stir in optional splashes of Tabasco pepper sauce.
- Simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or longer.
- Serve hot with dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt, chopped fresh cilantro and avocado slices.
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Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
I am a spicy chili gal…but this looks interesting! I need to mix up my regular meals and this just may be the ticket!
Kelly @ TastingPage says
I love a meal that comes together quickly, but is really tasty and filling. This recipe definitely fits the bill!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
This is SO awesome, Allie!!! I love the quick and delish meals and this chili bowl certainly fits in that criteria! Can’t wait to try! 🙂
I haven’t had a chili in a long time, what a shame! You put me in the mood for it!
Kristen Chidsey says
Allie, I love that you used half turkey and half beef. Best of both worlds!
This sounds like the perfect dish when you need to make something quick. I substitute turkey for beef in many dishes now. I actually prefer the turkey. It has a softer texture. My family will love the sweetness of his recipe!
Dear Allie, we had our first taste of spring this weekend but now it feels like winter all over again and to top it off, we’re expecting another snowfall. This chili is a perfect dish to make this week…it just hits the spot!
Hope all is well dear…xoxo, Catherine
Aunt Pinkie says
Love chili – the spicier the better!! Must make some today. Thanks, Allie.
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says
I LOVE that you are feeding your family healthier eats without them knowing – it’s so darn rewarding right! 🙂
It’s always nice to have a few family favorites that are quick and easy to make. This looks delicious!
Allison - Celebrating Sweets says
It’s nearly 80° here today, but I could still devour a bowl of this chili. I love that you use a combo of beef and turkey. Yum!
I love chili, and this one looks wonderful. Easy, healthy, and delicious- all my favourite things in a recipe! We will definitely try it, and I bet the avocado complements the flavours beautifully. Thanks for another great dinner idea! Xo
Mandi Korn says
I like this recipe, we love chill in out house and I like the idea of it on the burger too
Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says
I usually use all ground turkey for my chili, but I like your sneaky half-and-half idea – add back in a bit of fat and flavor 🙂 And I’m all about doubling a chili recipe – so many ways to use leftovers! Or store it away in the freezer for an even easier dinner another night – total win!
Denise Q. says
Looks yummy but no surprise there! We used to like our food hot, then medium and now we are moving towards mild. I love the idea of doubling the recipe and putting half in the freezer.
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life says
We love all kinds of chili here! I don’t often use ground turkey, but this looks so good, I think I need to try it! And I love your bowls!
Karen [email protected] says
Just had chili with lunch today. I can mine so it is an easy and healthy lunch.
Yours looks seriously delish!
Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) says
I like my chili super spicy … but my family doesn’t. So I typically make it at the spicier side of mild and add hot sauce to mine. Then everyone is happy!