Home » News » Weeknight Maple Turkey Chili Recipe

Weeknight Maple Turkey Chili Recipe

An easy, flavorful, and cozy chili recipe perfect for those weeknight dinners.


This is not just another chili recipe – it’s a comfort dish perfect for the fall season. Combining the heartiness of turkey with the sweet touch of maple, this chili is both easy to prepare and deliciously satisfying.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (14 ounce) fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can (15-ounce) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup


  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onions, peppers, and garlic. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables soften, roughly 5 minutes.
  2. Add ground turkey to the pot. Break it apart and cook until browned, around 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Introduce the chili powder, paprika, oregano, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Mix well and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Incorporate the tomatoes, beans, chicken stock, and maple syrup. Raise the heat to bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Serve hot. Garnish with toppings of your choice, such as tortilla chips, avocado, or sour cream.


  • You can easily double the recipe for larger gatherings.
  • For longer cooking, you can let it simmer on the stove, covered, for several hours.
  • For a slow cooker version: First, brown the turkey, then add all ingredients to the cooker. Set on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.

This chili is not only easy to make but also versatile. Whether you’re prepping a meal for the family or entertaining a crowd, this dish is sure to be a hit. The addition of maple syrup provides a unique and delightful sweetness that sets this chili apart. Enjoy your meal!

About The Author