Apple Turkey Chili

  • Yield 4 servings

This Apple Turkey Chili is a new take on a traditional favorite, with the flavors of sweet apples and spicy jalapeño pepper.

Apple Turkey Chili
U.S. Apple Association


2 teaspoons olive or canola oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons minced seeded jalepeno pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound 97 percent lean ground turkey
4 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cored and diced, unpeeled mildly tart, crisp apple, such as Ginger Gold, Braeburn or Jonagold
1 (15-ounce) can undrained no-salt-added chili beans in chili sauce
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can undrained no-salt-added diced tomatoes
2/3 cup apple cider or apple juice
1/2 teaspoon teaspoon packed brown sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons reduced-fat or fat-free sour cream
Thin apple wedges (optional)
Thin lime weges (optional)
Cilantro sprigs (optional)


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet. Add onion, jalapeño and garlic; cook  2 to 3 minutes,  until onion is tender.
  2. Add ground turkey to onion mixture; cook over medium heat  6 to 8 minutes, until turkey is no longer pink, breaking turkey in to 3/4-inch crumbles. Stir in salt, chili powder, cumin and oregano; cook 30 seconds more. If necessary, drain and discard juices.
  3. Stir in diced apple, black beans, chili beans with sauce, tomatoes, apple cider and brown sugar. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Gently simmer over low to medium-low heat, covered, about 15 minutes or until desired consistency. Ladle chili into bowls. Top with sour cream. If desired, garnish with apple, lime wedges and cilantro. Makes about 6 cups.

Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Apple Association


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