Apple Turkey Chili

A bowl of Apple Turkey Chili garnished with two apple slices.
Apple Turkey Chili


  • 2 teaspoons olive or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 teaspoon)
  • 1 pound 97% lean ground turkey
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 unpeeled mildly tart, crisp apple, cored and diced (such as a Braeburn)
  • 15-ounce can undrained chili beans in chili sauce
  • 14.5-ounce can undrained small diced tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • Thin apple wedges (optional)
  • Thin lime wedges (optional)
  • Cilantro sprigs (optional)


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet. Add onion, jalapeño, and garlic; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is tender.
  2. Add ground turkey to onion mixture; cook over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes or 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 to desired consistency. Ladle the chili into bowls. Top with sour cream. If desired, garnish with apple and lime wedges, and cilantro.


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