Spicy Turkey Chili – Gluten Free

by Sharon on December 8, 2014

Spicy Turkey Chili - GF-I’ve made a couple of variations of chili on The Honour System. A Vegan Chili, that we loved, and a traditional Beef Chili topped with some not so traditional avocado (yum!). Up next in the chili queue is a turkey incarnation. Tis the season, right? 😉 Time for turkey!

Spicy is a pre-requisite. There are so . many . ways to add life to your chili. For this turkey chili, I rolled with lotsa peppers. I spent a good while at the counter chopping away. This is probably a weekend-type meal because it does take some time to prep and you do want to let it bubble away and get all full of flavour.

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So speaking of flavour, let’s talk garlic. I minced up a bunch of cloves of garlic for this recipe. I adore garlic.

Spicy Turkey Chili - Gluten Free

Now, I know this is not the most natural thing out there but I do like a good hot sauce. My go-to is this chipotle number. I douse eggs in it and love it in spicier soups and stews.

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Time for the chopping peppers! I used a red one, a yellow one, and two yellow hot peppers. More spicy. 🙂

I chopped up some leftover tomatoes instead of buying a can. I really try to avoid cans because of the BPA shit in the lining that has been linked to numerous health concerns. I am still forking out the dough for canned beans, however, for the brands without the BPA in the lining. It’s a lot more expensive than buying dried but my attempt at soaking and cooking beans fell flat. Any tips?

Clearly my skills lie in chopping. Check it out:

Spicy Turkey Chili - Gluten Free-

Some shredded cheddar on top was a nice, creamy addition and softens the heat a bit. Oh, and I love cheese. Chives or green onions would be nice too. If I had some, I totally would have tossed them on top. I had parsley, so that’s what I used.

Spicy Turkey Chili - GF

Chili is so good for freezing or for leftovers heated up for a nice lunch the next day. Cook once and eat twice, as I like to say. So smart for maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle.

Have a great week, everyone!

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Serves 4-6

Spicy Turkey Chili – Gluten Free
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  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup broth
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle hot sauce (or hot sauce of choice)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed ( I used a BPA free variety)
  • 6 cocktail tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange pepper, chopped
  • 2 yellow hot peppers, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt & a few twists of fresh pepper
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Over medium low heat, warm the olive oil in a large pot. Add onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes, until softened. Sit in garlic until fragrant, about another minute
  2. Add ground turkey and cook until crumbled and cooked through
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer on medium low heat, stirring every so often, for at least an hour.

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen December 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm
I spend the extra money on Eden Organic (at least, I think that's the brand you're talking about) beans too because I have problems cooking them from dried as well. I think Terry Walters recommends soaking/cooking them with kombu to help tenderize them. I noticed Eden uses kombu in their beans too but I haven't gotten around to trying it myself yet!
Sharon December 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm
Omg ... mine turned out terribly! Some were cooked through, some were hard in the centre ... not good. When I find the Eden brand on sale at Fortinos 2/$4 I stock up big time.
liz December 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm
How can we find the nutrition info?
Sharon December 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I currently don't have nutrition stats on this site. We just stick to a whole foods philosophy. :) They have a great counter at my fitness pal --> if you wanted to research details.
Davida @ The Healthy Maven December 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm
This recipe looks delish! A meal feels naked to me without hot sauce so I totally appreciate a good spicy recipe :)
Sharon December 12, 2014 at 9:32 am
Hey thanks Davida! I love a partner in spice. ;) Have a great weekend!

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