Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili has easily becomes a new favorite chili recipe! It’s bursting with bold, spicy flavor, and only takes 30-minutes to make!

A bowl filled with Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili with shredded cheese and sour cream on top.

If you’ve ever had really great Turkey Chili before, hopefully this recipe intrigues you. Some of my favorite turkey chili’s of all time come from 1. Deer Valley resort in my hometown and 2. a little bar called Sportsman’s Park in Saint Louis.

I pretty much seek out those two locations just to have some of their turkey chili. But, lucky for me, this Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili completely ranks up with both of them (in my humble opinion), and now I can make it at home alllllll the time.

A spoon taking a scoop of Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili .

I came across this recipe a little while ago from Lindsay at Pinch of Yum. Her recipes are always winners, so I new it would probably be delicious, but I was blown away with just how amazing it was.

An overhead view of a bowl filled with Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili.

Guys, if you like chili/soup and you like spicy foods, this Turkey Chili is a MUST MAKE! I’m a tad obsessed with it. Not only is it extremely easy to throw together (we’re talking 30-minutes, tops), the flavors are incredible.

The ancho chili powder adds its own deep, rich, spice to the chili. Mix that with some fire roasted tomatoes and fresh salsa and you’ll be in chili heaven.  Plus, it freezes great, or you can make it days in advance. It tastes even better the next day, after the flavors have had lots of time to blend together.


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Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili | Tastes Better From Scratch
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins
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  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion , minced
  • 1 red bell pepper (or green), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 small fresh jalapeño peppers , minced, ribs and seeds removed (leave ribs and seeds in one pepper if you like a lot of spice)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 15 ounce can black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1 cup salsa , best with fresh store-bought salsa for this, rather than from a jar
  • 28 ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • sour cream, cheese, green onion, tortilla chips for topping


  • Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. 
  • Add the onions, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeños and saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring. 
  • Add the turkey and cook until crumbled and browned.
  • Add the black beans, ancho chili powder, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, salsa, canned tomatoes and water. 
  • Simmer for at least 15 minutes.
  • Add the cooked brown rice to the pot and stir to combine.
  • Serve warm topped with sour cream, cheese, green onions, and tortilla chips.


Adapted from Pinch of Yum


Calories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 28gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 546mgPotassium: 1107mgFiber: 11gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1530IUVitamin C: 39.4mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 4.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    After finding this on your blog a couple of years ago it has moved up to a top spot in the meal rotation! I use 1 teaspoon salt and a half teaspoon black pepper for the “to taste” part. We have also experimented with the jalapeños and prefer one jalapeño pepper including ribs and seeds. We also like leaving the rice on the side so it can be added or not added to each bowl per preference. Of course another thing we have learned is that you MUST double this recipe because otherwise it will not last long! THANK YOU for sharing! ?

  2. Gosh, this looks amazing! Once the weather really goes down hill, I go into full on chili-mode. Neeeeeeed to add this to my must-try list!