It’s Officially Football Season!

And the first sign of that: homemade chili. My mom has made this chili recipe for years. It has such a robust savory flavor, and you can fix it up just how you like it. Top it with shredded cheese and oyster crackers (my preference) or make a petro out of it with fritos, sour cream, lettuce, & tomato. We also sometimes serve it over tater tots, which we named ‘Chili Bobs’ because my step-dad Bob loves it that way so much. However you like to dress your chili, I am certain this recipe will leave your tastebuds dancing into the endzone with delight. Enjoy!

The recipe calls for ground beef, but in an effort to make it my own and more healthy, I made it a Turkey Chili and you really can’t tell the difference. Adam actually likes it better with the turkey than the ground beef.


Game Day Chili

2 lbs. lean ground turkey (or ground beef if you prefer)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion (diced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 cans Bush’s Best pinto beans (drained)
1 can Bush’s Best great northern beans (drained & rinsed)
1 can (large) tomato juice
1 can (small) tomato paste
4 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
pinch kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Heat olive oil in skillet, add onions & minced garlic and saute until soft. Add turkey and brown. Drain through a fine mesh strainer so you don’t lose any of the onions. Pour turkey mixture into large dutch oven pot, and add all other ingredients. Simmer for one hour and serve with your toppings of choice.

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  1. Sounds like a great fall recipe. Can’t wait to try it. We love chili when it turns cold. Hey, I saw you put funandfrugal on your blog roll. Thanks! Do you live in Cleveland, TN? I don’t think I know you. 🙂

  2. The Hamilton's says:

    Stephanie- All your pictures make me so hungry. I love your new’s the one I want. I hope you are doing good!


  3. Gloria-thanks! I do live in Cleveland & I went to Lee.

    Wilmari! So great to hear from you!! I am going to email you back. Miss you!

  4. How To Eat A Cupcake says:

    Oooh I can’t wait until my mom makes chili. This looks sooooo good!!

  5. YUM! I LOVE turkey chili!

  6. mamakrystal says:

    hmmm, looks sooo good. I’m dying to make chili. But half of my kitchen stuff is in boxes. I’ll have to wait till next month to make this!!! YUM!

  7. Would it be okay to use tomato juice from a bottle from the juice isle? Or did you mean 1 can tomato sauce? This looks delicious and I am going to make it tonight!