Turkey Chili

Chili is a great example of simple and easy food that is gluten free without even trying. For this chili, I used ground white turkey meat from our local Earth Fare, some beans and diced tomatoes, and a handful of chopped peppers and onions from our garden.  The secret ingredient for this chili was the Chili 3000 spice blend from Penzey’s Spices! My friend recently brought me this as a gift and I’ve been waiting to test it out.  The Penzeys website suggests 1 tablespoon per quart of chili – I went with 2 tablespoons or so.

When I am making chili, I always season the meat that I am precooking because it gives the chili so much more flavor as it simmers all day.


About a pound of ground white turkey
2 cans beans, drained (I used pinto beans)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
1 or 2 small peppers, chopped
2 tablespoons Chili 3000 seasoning (or a combo of chili powder, cumin, and cayenne)


Seasoned turkey meat ready to brown

1. Season the turkey meat and brown it well.

2. Combine the browned turkey, beans, tomatoes, onions, and peppers in a crockpot.

3. Cook on low for about 4 or 5 hours. 

Serving the Chili: 

My kids love any meal that they can decorate! For fun, I set out a bowl of frozen peas, diced onions, and shredded cheese so they could serve themselves some “toppings!” Chili works really well as a party meal for kids or adults – get creative, make 1 or 2 chilis and set out an array of toppings. Enjoy! 

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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