A Hearty Turkey Chili

Yesterday I thawed out one of those jumbo  2.5 pound packages of ground turkey and couldn’t decide what to make with it. We just had our favorite Mini Meatloaves recipe earlier in the week so I didn’t want meatloaf again. The it came to me, what better recipe than chili to break in my new red Le Creuset Dutch oven. You need to make this chili – it will warm you up and you will forget all about how cold it is outside!

Turkey Chili

First of all I am thrilled with this new Dutch oven – it heats up nice and even, it’s huge  – holding 7.25 quarts, perfect for a big batch of chili. When I looked at the chili recipe ingredients I was sure all the ingredients were in stock so I started browning the ground turkey, peppers and onion. Things were going along great until it was discovered we had no beer! Usually I keep a couple bottles of the non-alcoholic beers in the garage refrigerator for cooking. Hubby Tom offered to stop working and run over to the grocery store to get some beer (I think he drank the last one) but I said it wouldn’t be necessary I would make do. What started out to be Rachael Rays Indian Summer Chili recipe quickly morphed into something a little different.

Turkey Chili

As soon as I had the ground meat, peppers and onions browned with the spices  I knew it was going to be good – the aroma was amazing but it was clear to me that this was going to be way too thick for us. I added a jumbo size can of crushed tomatoes, left out the corn and added 1 can of drained, rinsed black beans instead. There were two jalapeno peppers hanging out in my refrigerator that needed to be used, so those were finely diced and added for flavor.

Turkey ChiliThe recipe called for Montreal Steak Seasoning and although that seems unusual for chili I have to say it works beautifully. Ground turkey is rather bland on it’s own and the Montreal Seasoning adds tons of flavor. While the chili was busy simmering away I whipped up a batch of moist Corn Meal Muffins. Now we have leftovers for the weekend and that makes me so happy. The chili tastes fantastic. There is a little heat but not too much – the addition of BBQ sauce adds a little sweetness to counter the heat. Hubby Tom and I both loved it and it will be made again.

Hearty Turkey Chili

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey 93% Lean 7% Fat
  • 4 tablespoons dark chili powder,
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning blend (low sodium is available)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Cholula hot sauce or your choice, add more if you like it hotter
  • 1 large onion,chopped
  • 2 large peppers, any color combination, red, green, yellow or orange, chopped
  • 2 Jalapenos, diced, seeds removed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 28 ounce can Muir Glen Ground Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup smoky barbecue sauce

In a large Dutch oven sprayed with non stick spray, over medium heat add the ground turkey meat, add chili powder, Montreal seasoning, cumin, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Break up the meat into crumbles as it cooks.

Brown for about five minutes then add onions, peppers and jalapenos and cook until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are softened.

Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, black beans and BBQ sauce. Bring to a boil then turn down the heat and simmer for 30- 45 minutes.

Yield: 12 cups

Servings Size: 1 cup

Estimated Nutritional Information*

Per Serving; Calories 230, Fat 6.9g, Chol 66.7, Sodium 1152.omg, Carbs 18.7g, Fiber 4.7g, Protein 20.3g WWPP 6

Recipe Inspired by Rachael Ray’s Indian Summer Turkey Chili

*The nutritional information and WW PP values posted on Nutmeg Notebook are my best estimates based on the brands of products I use and the software programs used to calculate them. If you rely heavily on the nutritional information and WWPP values I encourage you to double check the values given, using the brands of products you use. If you find big differences feel free to email me or leave me a comment letting me know.

Nutmeg Notes


I did manage to walk on my treadmill everyday this week and worked in extra steps to exceed my goal of at least 10,000 steps a day. My foot is sore from the new way the weight is shifted on the ball of my foot. Mostly it’s the big toe that is sore. It will just take some time for all the bones, tendons and such to get use to the new way they are being used. I can get a new pair of work out shoes on that were too tight just a couple weeks ago. Progress! I can get one pair of clog type Clark shoes on – I did wear them out one night but soon realized they were still a little too snug. But, it’s progress. The foot swelling is getting better. These are all little victories!


It has been a strange week. I didn’t sleep well most nights and when I did sleep I had the strangest dreams. What is unusual is I don’t usually remember my dreams but this week I did and they were bazaar. Do you ever have those days or weeks where you just feel a little off? Well that was me this week. Hence, the lack of new blog posts – I’ve just been too tired.

Date Night

We went to see the Silver Linings Playbook movie last night. I loved it! Hubby Tom thought it was stressful to watch. I smuggled in some healthy snacks of apple slices, peeled mandarins, jerky and bottled water. I wouldn’t have to do that if they sold healthy munchies. I did notice that a lot of people had smaller bags of popcorn instead of the huge bucket. There were even some women who had the kids pack of popcorn and small drink – for themselves! That is a great idea and saves a ton of calories.

Have a wonderful weekend!


I’m glad you are here and encourage you to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

What was the last movie you saw?

Do you smuggle in your own movie snacks?


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  1. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds says:

    That chili looks so thick and hearty! I have made Rachel Ray’s Sloppy Joes and she uses Montreal seasoning in that too. I also thought that was weird, but it is the best sloppy joes ever!

    How strange…I had an off week too. I just didn’t feel quite whole. I’m planning to take it easy this weekend and hope to be 100% next week. Or at least 90%! 🙂

    Have a great weekend, Tami!

    1. Tami says:

      Thanks for the recommendation for the RR sloppy Joes that’s a good thing to make when feeding a crowd!

      Sorry you had a week like mine Jenn, lets hope next week is better. 🙂

  2. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    I’m wondering if there’s something in the air. I’ve talked to several people this week who’ve had sleeping issues, and I had a day or so of it myself. (That’s why I was at the gym at 5 a.m. 🙂 )

    Good news on the step count! I know you’re feeling better about that!

  3. Dr. J says:

    The Chili looks great! I like to make a chili for the colder days here too! I use Boca burgers and the rest is close enough. 🙂

    Glad you are moving around better and better, Tami!

  4. Jody - Fit at 55 says:

    Love the recipe although I would need to get all that sodium down. 😉

    YES for foot victories!!! Every little step & anything else that goes along with it is a victory!!! YAHOO!

    I winder if the sleep is hormone related since I had bouts when sleep was elusive for weeks – ya never know…

    So happy for your little foot improvements!

  5. Kristi Rimkus says:

    We’ve tried McCormick Grill Mates Seasonings and really liked them, but I would never have thought to add it to a chili recipe. I love that you added barbecue sauce too. I wouldn’t have thought of that either. Sounds great!

  6. Biz says:

    That chili looks delicious! I wish I could add jalapeno to my chili, but my hubs won’t even look at if I do – too spicy for him!

    I want to see that movie too, although we have deemed it “not movie theater worthy.” Our ticket prices are $10 per person now – so crazy!

  7. ann says:

    Hi Tammy!
    I love chili and I love turkey chili. In fact that’s on the menu tonight, but I did mine in the crock pot. I have to be careful about spicy stuff with the kids, but we can always add hot sauce to our bowl if wanted. The last movie I saw was Warm Bodies and I liked it a lot, but then I like stuff like that. I usually do smuggle in snacks. We’ve even been know to smuggle in subway sandwiches for dinner! Take care!

    1. Tami says:

      You know Annn I have thought about taking in a Subway sandwich! I just thought the paper rustling might make too much noise! Glad to see you posting again! 🙂

  8. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    I haven’t had chili in a long time, but I think I’ll put it on the menu soon!

    I’m glad that your foot is getting better. 10,000 steps a day is quite a bit. I love that you look at the little victories – great attitude!

  9. Renee@Mykitchenadventures says:

    The thing I love about chili is that it is so adaptable to what you have on hand. I’ve been known to use tomato juice, spicy V8 juice, chicken and beef broth, or plain old water to loosen things up! and of course, beer works great! I think I would love the addition of the bbq sauce. Your chili looks amazing. The great thing about having a blog is that when you do end up changing a recipe, it’s down in black and white so you can remember just what you did. I always think I will remember the changes…but I never do. Nice to be able to reference something.

    Glad to hear the foot is progressing in the right direction!

    We honestly almost never go out to the theater anymore. The cost of snacks is outrageous when you buy them in the theater. You would think the industry would catch on, but enough people must be spending the $, because nothing has changed except the prices have gone up, up, up.

    Have a lovely day, Tami!

    1. Tami says:

      You are right Renee one of the perks of blogging is having the recipes complete with our tweaks documented for future reference. I would never remember them otherwise. If I don’t post the recipe straight away I have to make notes on the hard copy or my tweaks to the recipe are forever lost!

      Those are all great ideas for loosening things up in an overly thick soup, chili or stew.

      We make good use of Netflix and other on line movie rentals. Costco and Sam’s club sell movie tickets at a reduced price which really makes it more affordable. We try to catch a matinee since it’s at a reduced price and that helps too. The cost of the food there is terrible!

      Have a great week!

  10. Roz@weightingfor50 says:

    Hi Tami, glad the healing is going well. We saw Silver Linings Playbook a couple of weeks ago. And I’m now smitten with Bradley Cooper! 🙂 We either take our own snacks, or order a “kids pack” and get a mini popcorn and drink (and a toy…but I’m an adult and shouldn’t care about that)
    Thanks for the fab looking recipe. Keep walking (but carefully)

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