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We love turkey chili at crunchtime and for good reason. Savory chili is a one-pot meal, it’s freezer friendly, hard to mess up, and relies on two foods that are a-okay in cans. When this recipe arrived on our Healthy Dinner Tonight fax from epicurious, its righteous balance of proteins and vegetables spoke to us.

canned foods that work


Tomatoes and beans are among the few canned foods we keep in our pantry. Tomatoes don’t lose any of theirmanhandlinglycopene when cooked or canned and beans hold onto their fiber goodness. Even with these two simple foods, we read labels because those pesky food manufacturers like to sneak in piles of additives, especially salt.

pepper pleasure


Sweet bell peppers add complexity and rich tang to this chili. Fans of bells peppers use the abundance called for in the recipe. If not so much, we suggest using carrots for half the pepper measurement.

Serve with a fresh green salad and corn bread to round out the meal for your hungry mouths.

Turkey chili with sweet peppers

preptime 10 minutes servings 6-8
cooktime 30 minutes
1 large white onion, coarsely chopped
2 bell peppers (any color), cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
2 teaspoon packed brown sugar
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in juice
1 (19-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup water
3/4 lb ground turkey
Accompaniments: sour cream; sliced avocado; chopped white onion; lime wedges
  1. Heat oil in a heavy medium pot over medium heat.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook, stirring to break into small pieces.
  3. Add peppers and onions, stirring occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Add spices and brown sugar and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Add tomatoes with juice, then add beans, water, and 1 teaspoon salt and simmer, covered, 15 minutes.


  • use ready-chopped onions and peppers
  • make ahead; day-old chili tastes best
  • make double the recipe and freeze in dinner portions

recipe adapted from epicurious.com and provided by your friends at crunchtimefood.com


  1. Deena@StayatHomeFOODIE says Feb 27th 2012 5:27 pm

    Love your food philosophies…
    I saw you guys on Daily Candy (kudos!) and love your food and cooking strategies.
    Looking forward to reading more.

    • Sherri says Feb 27th 2012 6:46 pm

      Thanks Deena, Glad you found us. Seems like you might have tips of your own to share – please chime in when you can. Crunch on – Sherri

  2. Karen says Sep 24th 2012 5:55 pm

    This recipe is great! I’ve made it several times over the past few months and we love it. Now when I buy ground turkey, I freeze it in 1 1/2 lb. portions so that I can make this dish (doubling it) in the future.

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