January 25, 2011

Turkey Chili Soup

Chili always reminds me of skating competitions. When I used to be a figure skater, I swear, chili followed me. It was in the judges' room, available for the competitors, and even what my mom considered to be an easy weeknight meal. I actually hated it; specifically the kidney beans. So I have to laugh at myself that not only did I make this chili, I really liked it. And the kidney beans? They weren't even in the recipe -- I just added them! 

This is one hearty bowl of goodness and since there's meat in it, it's very filling. Because this is a "soup," it's more liquid-y than a regular chili, but in terms of flavour, very similar. Just a nice new spin on a old classic.

Turkey Chili Soup
Serves 4

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 can of red kidney beans
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/8 tsp ground cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp mild chili powder (more, if you like it hot)
  • salt and pepper
  • sour cream to serve

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, season with salt and pepper and cook until no longer pink. 
  • Reduce heat to medium and add onion, celery, red bell pepper and garlic. Cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onion is soft.
  • Add the kidney beans, tomato paste, diced tomatoes and the stock and mix to combine. Stir in the cilantro, cumin, oregano, chili powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to just a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes until all the vegetables are very tender. 
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with a spoonful of sour cream.
Recipe adapted from Easy Soups


  1. looks perfect for a cold night! i made beef stew in the crockpot because the hubby likes it but i'd much prefer turkey chili :)

  2. Lindsay, this looks really delicious. isn't it funny how our food tastes can change?

  3. This could definitely compete with Mom's chili. I think I'll make a batch this week, but without the cilantro, which tastes like soap to me.

  4. Sounds like a hearty, warming, and perfectly delicious bowl of chili!



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