Turkey Bean and Cheddar Chili

Chili is pure comfort food and so easy to prepare. This version is made with turkey and mouth-watering cubes of cheddar stirred right in.

Turkey Bean and Cheddar Chili

Turkey Bean and Cheddar Chili


  • 1 lb (500 g) lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (each 19 oz/540 ml) mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 28 oz (796 ml) 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (5.5 oz/156 ml) tomato paste
  • 2 cups (500 ml) frozen corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) pre-shredded carrots
  • 2 to 3 tbsp (30 to 45 ml) chili powder
  • 1 tsp (10 ml) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) each, salt and Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) small cubes cheddar cheese


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey, garlic and onion, cook breaking up turkey with a spoon, for about 8 min or until no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 5 to 6 1/2 quart (5 to 6.5 l) slow cooker, combine beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, corn, carrots, chili powder to taste, cumin, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper.
  3. With a slotted spoon transfer turkey mixture to slow cooker and stir; discarding any fat left in the pan. Cover with lid and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hrs or on High for 3 to 4 hrs or until chili is hot and bubbling.
  4. Stir in cheddar cheese.
  5. Serves 8


Kids Tip: Kids can stir all the ingredients together in the slow cooker and program the cooking time.

Cooking Tips: Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in refrigerator or microwave and heat until hot and bubbly. For a packed lunch, transfer hot chili into an insulated thermos and pack additional cheese for topping.

For the Adventurous: Use aged cheddar cheese.

For smoky flavour, omit the hot pepper sauce and add 1 to 2 chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

For step-by-step instructions for this recipe and more, visit Dairy Farmers of Canada.


Author: Dairy Farmers of Canada

Recipe and photo courtesy of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

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