Turkey and Beef Chili with Beer and Beans

Feeding a crowd? You’ll love this turkey and beef chili recipe and leftovers taste great too. The beer in it really takes the flavor to the next level!

This Chili Recipe is a serious crowd pleaser! With a blend of turkey and beef, the flavors are out of this world! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com - perfect for football season!

I should begin by saying I never, ever, ever make chili the same way twice. I’m not one of those people who has a “tried and true” recipe or one I’m known for. My white chili? Different story.

Don’t get me wrong–it’s always good (if I do say so myself), it’s just not one of those meals where I take the time to be particular about things. If I had red peppers in the house, they are going in. If they happen to be green? No biggie, it will still taste great! Beer in the fridge? Better believe that’s going in. Especially these days! I had a bottle of Shiner Bock (which I love) staring me in the face for weeks every time I opened the door.

“Hahaha you can’t drink me…”

Temptation be gone! I might not be able to drink you, Mr. Shiner Bock, but I can cook with you and EAT you! HA. Who is laughing now?

This Chili Recipe is a serious crowd pleaser! With a blend of turkey and beef, the flavors are out of this world! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com - perfect for football season!

However, I decided to turn over a new leaf and actually measure things this time to share with you all. It’s the same general process each time but it always varies a bit depending on what veggies and meat I have available. And I never, ever measure spices unless I have to. This time I used a combination of lean turkey and beef. I threw in some carrots for some added veggies. The spice is mild, so feel free to amp it up if you like it a little hotter!

This Chili Recipe is a serious crowd pleaser! With a blend of turkey and beef, the flavors are out of this world! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com - perfect for football season!

Turkey and Beef Chili

Feeding a crowd? You’ll love this turkey chili recipe and leftovers taste great too.

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Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey (I used 93% lean)
1 pound ground chuck
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 large carrots, diced
1 teaspoon olive oil
one 12 ounce bottle of beer (I used Shiner Bock)
2 tablespoons chili powder, more to taste
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, more to taste
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, more to taste
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoons tomato paste
one 15 ounce can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
one 15 ounce can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
two 15 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes
one 28 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes, with their juice
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Be hungry. This is protein packed and makes a TON.
2. Invite people over. Did I mention this makes a ton? Okay sorry, I’ll get serious. Let’s start over.

1. In a very large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Throw in turkey and beef, season w/ salt and pepper and break up into pieces. Add onion, peppers, carrots and continue to brown all ingredients until meat is almost cooked through. Drain grease off meat. Return ingredients to pan. Add spices and continue to cook for about one minute. Add beer and scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan.
2. Add tomato paste and stir until combined. Add in beans, tomatoes and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer for at least an hour. If it is too thick for your liking (we like it THICK), add beef broth or water to thin out a little.
3. Test seasonings before serving. Add more chili powder and cayenne for additional heat.

Notes:

  • This is a fairly mild chili–it’s a good starting point for any picky eater who isn’t a spice lover. Amp up the chili powder and cayenne or add in a chopped jalapeño for more heat.
  • This is soooo versatile folks–have fun with it! Add in different beans, a different beer, no beer (sub beef broth), whatever you want! No carrots? No biggie–I just put them in for extra veggies.
  • TOPPINGS. Let’s talk about toppings. This is very important. Chili needs toppings in my opinion. Here are some of my favorites: sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt!), avocado, cilantro, green onions, sharp cheddar, oyster crackers, crushed tortilla chips….the list goes on!
  • If you’re not feeding a crowd – no worries! This freezes GREAT!
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

This Chili Recipe is a serious crowd pleaser! With a blend of turkey and beef, the flavors are out of this world! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com - perfect for football season!

Verdict: Delicious! Since I’m still not loving meat with this pregnancy, I went crazy with the toppings and was able to get around the fact that this turkey and beef chili had tons of meat in it.
Husband’s take: No complaints. He likes chili (it’s a man’s meal). Good thing he liked it too, because it provided our family with two dinners and enough leftovers for four lunches for him.
Changes I would make: None are necessary, but like I said, I’m always playing around with this recipe.
Difficulty: Super easy!

Looking for different takes on chili? Try my vegetarian version with quinoa or my famous chicken chili!

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35 comments

  1. I have to admit that I am often the same way when it comes to chili. I love to make it, but I rarely measure or make the same chili twice. This version looks fabulous, though. I think I might have to whip up a batch of chili this weekend since it’s supposed to be cold and rainy. Yum :)

  2. That looks so tasty! I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve never thought of topping my chili with avocados even though they are one of my favorite foods. I’ll have to try that

  3. Hi Rachel! Your chili looks so good!! I’d love to have a bowl of that…even it’s close to midnight. :) Feeling the comfort by looking at it. Have a great weekend!

  4. I LOVE ME SOME CHILI! Seriously tho beer in chili? SOLD!!! {sorry about all those shouty capitals!}

  5. I. Love. Chili. So. Much. Like, so so so much — totally my favorite fall dish. I’m like you and rarely do I measure anything when I’m making a pot of chili, unless it’s going up on the blog :)

  6. Can’t wait for it to cool down here and make a big bowl of this. Love that you combined turkey and sirloin! Great idea…and you are absolutely right…it’s all about the toppings. P.S. Offally Tasty has a sage cornbread in a previous post that seems a must pairing with this cornbread. I link to her site on my blog roll.

  7. This looks exactly like Asher’s first birthday party!! Mmm…. wish I had some right now!! Love all of the tasty toppings!!

  8. This chili is just so wonderful! Enjoyed reading the post and love the photos too Rachel!

  9. I made chili a few days ago, one of my favorite things to make once the weather gets cooler. Yours looks amazing and I’m with you about adding lots of toppings!

  10. Can’t wait til it’s cool enough down here in Florida to make and eat chili!! Your recipe looks awesome and I must tell you that for most, that would feed an army….for my family, it would just about be enough! ;-) We love the sour cream, shredded cheese and chopped avocado too!!

  11. Great looking chili recipe. Love the addition of Greek yogurt and avocado!

  12. I love make it up as you go along recipes & I love chilli; this is perfect for me! Also, I so agree that the toppings are the best part. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  13. Love the pop of colors of avocado, cheese, and sour cream on top the great chili!

  14. I wonder what I would look like lying on a raft on top of that chili.

  15. I am so ready for chili. And I love big batches because it’s always better leftover. This sounds so good right now!

  16. I love chili! I love to throw everything in the slowcooker and have chili on cool days.

  17. The chili looks great..can I freeze it as well…?

  18. I love chili and love when I make it that it makes a TON – so perfect recipe for me to try!!!! Glad you were finally able to use up that beer staring at you!

  19. LOVE chili recipes! :) Looks great!

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