If there's one thing that's perfect for a Pittsburgh winter meal, it's chili. (Also pierogies, but that's for a separate post.) Chili is hearty, relatively healthy, and oh. My. God. does it taste good. Put some cheese and sour cream on it and I'll see you never because I'll be busy stuffing my face and proposing to a bowl of food.

Feb 26

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I prefer turkey chili since my cholesterol is superbly effed up (thanks mother nature!) but I think in a dish this complex and wonderful you don't need to go the beef way. I have a go-to chili recipe that I'm super excited to share with you! It's two steppiness (excluding mild prep of garlic and onions) makes it simple, easy, and t-t-t-tasty. I also like to serve this over brown rice and top with cheese and sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt (you really can't tell the difference.)) AND ALSO some fresh bread is good to dip in this.

Simple Turkey Chili

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Ready In: 1 Hour total

Servings: 10


  • 1 ¾ teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey
  • 1 ¼ onion, chopped
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • One 28 ounce can canned crushed tomatoes
  • One 16 ounce can canned kidney beans drained, rinsed, and mashed
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon and ¾ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons and 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion, and cook until tender.
  2. Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, and garlic. Season with chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

So, what do you think?