This Colorado River Turkey Chili recipe was originally created by the residents near the Colorado River which helped form one of the greatest natural wonders in the world, the Grand Canyon.
Unlike some of my other poultry based chili recipes (like my Spicy Chicken Chili recipe), this one is not spicy at all! Perfect for those who have a delicate palate.
The only thing I like more than Mac & Cheese is Chili. I usually prefer a chili with a kick to it but even though this Chili is not spicy at all, it rates right up there with some of the best I've ever had.
If you are obsessed with Chili like I am, you must check out my tasty collection of Gourmet Chili Recipes. While I like most of my chili recipes, I am partial to my award-winning Hot Rod’s Famous Chili.
If you often make chili one of the first things you will notice is this turkey chili has much less broth than other recipes giving it a rather thick consistency compared to other recipes.
💭 Ingredient Substitution
If you don't mind deviating from the original recipe too much you can use some diced tomatoes with green chilies instead of the stewed tomatoes. Personally, I prefer smaller pieces of tomato in my chili.
If you've ever wondered where Chili comes from, you might want to check out this interesting article on the origins of chili on Wiki.
According to the International Chili Society, there are several categories of Chili: Traditional Red Chili, Chili Verde, Homestyle Chili, and, believe it or not, Salsa.
They stipulate that Homestyle Chili is the only category of chili that allows the use of "fillers" such as beans and pasta.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Colorado River Turkey Chili recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Lemon Juice, Ground Turkey, Garlic Cloves, Yellow Onion, Green Bell Pepper, Stewed Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Red Kidney Beans, Sweet Corn, Ground Black Pepper, Chili Powder and Salsa.
🥣 How to Make Colorado River Turkey Chili
Pour lemon juice into a large deep skillet or dutch oven. Add the turkey, garlic, onion and green pepper to the pan. Cook until the turkey is browned.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Let simmer for approximately 30 minutes.
Serve in a bowl and optionally top with crushed tortilla chips and/or shredded cheese.
Colorado River Turkey Chili
- Skillet (or Dutch Oven)
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 lbs Lean Ground Turkey
- 3 Garlic Cloves
- 1 small Yellow Onion, diced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
- 30 oz Stewed Tomatoes
- 6 oz Tomato Paste
- 15 oz Red Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
- 15 oz Sweet Corn, drained
- 2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
- ½ Cup Salsa
- Tortilla Chips, crushed
- Shredded Cheese
- Pour lemon juice into a large deep frying pan. Add the turkey, garlic, onion and green pepper to the pan. Cook until turkey is browned.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Let simmer for approximately 30 minutes.
- Serve in a bowl and optionally top with crushed tortilla chips and/or shredded cheese.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.