Smoky Turkey Chickpea Chili



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If I had to choose a favorite fall food, it would, hands down be chili. I have a BIG love for all types of chili- meaty, meatless, classic and even a little nontraditional- like this turkey chickpea (yes, chickpea!) variety with a slightly smoky flavor profile from the fire roasted tomatoes and the smoked paprika- it might not seem like chickpeas and turkey work in chili, but they do, oh, do they- I highly encourage you to try for yourself and see!

Even my kids gobble up this easy chili you can make in the slow cooker, instant pot or the stovetop- it is for sure a cozy fall favorite in our house.

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Smoky Turkey Chickpea Chili

  • Author: Kristin Dovbniak
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6


Oil (avocado, olive) as needed
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground turkey
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1 can roasted tomatoes (undrained)
1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Juice of 1/2 lime (more as desired)
1 cup broth or water
1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)

To top:
Sour cream or greek yogurt, shredded cheese or avocado, cilantro and green onions to top



1. Heat 1 tbsp oil (avocado, olive) over medium heat. Add onion and pepper cook until translucent. Stir in garlic. Cook another minute.

2. Add in ground turkey and all seasonings. Cook until turkey is no longer pink.

3. Add remaining ingredients to pot. Increase heat to simmering. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for at least 20-30 minutes. Season and serve.

Instant Pot:

1. Heat Instant Pot to sautee function. Sautee onions and pepper until translucent. Stir in garlic.

2. Add turkey and seasonings. Cook until no longer pink.

3. Switch to manual, add remaining ingredients and cook for 25 minutes. Let naturally release, season and serve.

Slow Cooker:

1. Combine all ingredients in bottom of slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 6-7 hours.


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