• January 6, 2014

I actually made this recipe a few years ago. On the recipe I had written “OK”, so I didn’t make it again.  But for some reason this year I wanted to try it again but with several modifications.  I’m glad I gave it a  second shot, because now I really like it! My husband is the kind that actually eats and likes canned chili.  I just can’t get into that.  I prefer fresh and homemade chili. You know, all those things that imply ‘the really good stuff’. This is one recipe that we both like and is made even better with a little cheese and/or sour cream.

To suit the tastes in our house I cut the liquid and the tomatoes by half and left the rest the same.  And, the original recipe calls for ground turkey and a few times that I’ve made it recently (we’ve made this a couple times this winter) I used ground chicken and really liked it. The first time I had some leftover from something else and then the next time I had a few chicken breasts that either need to be used or frozen and I had just gotten a food processor for my birthday . . .

So, either way it is really good.  It’s just a simple recipe, thrown together in 30 minutes and you’ve got a warm, comforting bowl of chili for a cold winter’s day. And this chili would go really great with these rolls, or these biscuits.

Hearty Chicken Chili


  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow or red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  1. In a large pot, brown the meat with the onion and garlic over medium heat until cooked through. Drain off excess grease.
  2. Add the chopped bell pepper and cook a few minutes until slightly tender.
  3. Add the rinsed and drained beans. Stir.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  5. Increase heat to medium-high and bring the chili to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or up to an hour, stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream if desired.

Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe


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