Turkey Chili Made with Mixed Beans, Peppers, and Eastern Shore Honey

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Turkey Chili in a cast iron pot on a grey napkin surrounded by parsley, fresh tomatoes, salt on a kitchen table

Chili is a comfort food, perfect for cold winter nights

Turkey Chili is one of the best meals to put together when the weather is cold. Besides browning the meat, all you need to do is toss the ingredients together in a crock pot and wait a few hours for a deliciously filling meal. There’s so much room for adaptation here, too. You can remove the chilies for less heat, or add more in if you really like it spicy. Add fresh tomato, scallions, and cilantro over top for a burst of flavor. Even drizzle with a little more honey before serving for a spicy-sweet kick!

If you’re vegetarian, skip the turkey. A cup of mixed beans has so much protein, and the tomatoes, peppers, onion, herbs, and honey are packed with loads of antioxidants and vitamins. You won’t even miss the meat.

Adapting our Turkey Chili

Any recipe does not reach true perfection until you’ve added your own touch to it. At Waxing Kara Honey House, we encourage you to play with your food. Change up this recipe. Here are some ideas:

  • Slice avocado or diced red onion onto your chili
  • Top a bowl of chili with fresh cilantro or sour cream
  • Add shredded cheese to the last few minutes of cooling, to get a melty cheesy top
  • Add more or less jalapeños depending on your taste
  • Not a huge fan of turkey? Use ground beef instead

If you decide to make our Turkey Chili, or better yet, your very own take, why not take a photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Turkey Chili in a cast iron pot on a grey napkin surrounded by parsley, fresh tomatoes, salt on a kitchen table

Turkey Chili

Course: Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 675kcal

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  • 3 lb lean ground turkey
  • 3 bell peppers chopped try using one yellow, one red, one green
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15 1/2 oz black beans drained
  • 15 1/2 oz light red kidney beans drained
  • 15 1/2 oz dark red kidney beans drained
  • 4 oz diced green chilis
  • 1 c chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. Autumn Eastern Shore Honey
  • 1 tbsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. freshly ground pepper


  • In a large saute pan, brown the turkey. While browning, chop all veggies. Add the balance of ingredients to your crockpot.
  • When the meat is browned, drain, add to crock pot and stir until all ingredients are combined.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours


Calories: 675kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 75g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 2134mg | Potassium: 2275mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4685IU | Vitamin C: 108mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 14.1mg

Interested in more chili recipes? This sweet potato chili recipe omits meat, and is perfect for vegetarians. More of a beef person instead of turkey? This sweet and spicy chili is made with beer and is sure to be your new favorite comfort food.

About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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