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Turkey Bean and Cheddar Chili

Recipe details

Servings: 8
Time: A day or more

Chili is pure comfort food and so easy to prepare. This version is made with turkey and mouth-watering cubes of Canadian Cheddar stirred right in. Serve with bowls of sour cream or yogurt, chopped tomatoes and diced avocado.


  • 1 lb (450 g) lean ground turkey or lean ground chicken
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cans (19 oz/540 mL) each mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (5 1/2 oz/156 mL) tomato paste
  • 2 cups (500 mL) frozen corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) shredded carrots
  • 2 to 3 tbsp (30 to 45 ml) chili powder
  • 1 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) hot pepper sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) small cubes Canadian Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey, garlic and onion, cook breaking up turkey with a spoon, for about 8 min or until no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 20 to 26-cup (5 to 6.5 l) slow cooker, combine beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, corn, carrots, chili powder to taste, cumin, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. With a slotted spoon transfer turkey mixture to slow cooker and stir; discarding any fat left in the pan. Cover with lid and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hrs or on High for 3 to 4 hrs or until chili is hot and bubbling.
  3. Stir in Canadian Cheddar cheese.


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Turkey Bean and Cheddar Chili

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