8 servings (serving size: 1 cup chili, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped onion)

"I was collecting recipes for some of my favorite childhood meals from my mom when I found directions for a wonderful basic chili. My husband and I enjoy lots of vegetables and cooking with turkey, so we just modified the recipe according to our tastes. We also like a lot of spice, so we added chili powder. Other veggies may be substituted--cabbage and mushrooms are both very good." --CL Reader

How to Make It

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add first 5 ingredients; cook 5 minutes or until turkey is browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in chili powder and the next 8 ingredients (chili powder through tomato sauce), and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese and chopped onion.

Ratings & Reviews

StephChef19's Review

March 25, 2012
This is really tasty. Like others have said, it is not really spicy, could use some hot sauce if you want it spicier. Very hearty and great way to get some veggies in.

nolaSam's Review

October 21, 2010
Good chili recipe, but not spicy as the name would have you believe. I don't like carrots so I skip them and add more zucchini. I also add some chipotle chili pepper and serve it topped with sliced jalapenos and some hot sauce for more heat. I always make a double batch because it freezes so well. Good served over white rice (TX style) and with corn bread.

ITeach91's Review

June 07, 2009
Didn't miss the beef at all! Standout recipe that got raves from my young adult sons. Served with it a green salad w/onion, cucumber, olives, and dried cranberries, parmesan dressing, crusty bread WOW.

lindypup's Review

June 04, 2009

swkaplan's Review

December 16, 2008
This is really good - we usually make it once a week. Its not so spicy as is, but I usually chop up a jalapeno and add a little bit of ground red pepper to give it an extra kick

Chartsell's Review

October 29, 2012