30-Minute Turkey Chili

Add cilantro, sour cream, tortilla chips or avocado for a traditional Mexican garnish. Use soy instead of the turkey if you are going meatless.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

5 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 chipotle chile en adobo, coarsely chopped, with 1 tablespoon sauce

1 pound ground turkey or 12 ounces soy crumbles

One 12-ounce Mexican lager-style beer

One 14 1/2-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice

One 15 1/2-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Optional garnishes: Sliced scallions, cilantro sprigs, avocado, sour cream, grated Monterey jack cheese, and/or tortilla chips


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, salt, chili powder, and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and the chipotle chile and sauce; cook 1 minute more. Add the turkey, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and cook until the meat loses its raw color, about 3 minutes. Add the beer and simmer until reduced by about half, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes--crushing them through your fingers into the skillet--along with their juices and the beans; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Ladle the chili into bowls and serve with the garnishes of your choice.

Cook’s Note

A skillet's larger surface area reduces sauces faster than simmering in a saucepan.