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Turkey Chili with Bush’s Pinto Beans and Mushrooms

bowl of ground turkey chili with pinto beans, mushrooms, and tomato chunks

I try to listen to my body when it comes to cravings. I have heard often enough that when your body is craving certain foods, it could mean that maybe it needs or is lacking a certain nutrient that is found in the food you are craving.

Or that could all be baloney and you’re really just hungry, obsessed with food, stubborn or all of the above. I choose all of the above (most of the time).

I don’t eat a huge amount of meat anymore, so when I find myself craving something meaty, I usually just give in. Like today. All I could think of was chili. It may be because over the weekend I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to make a big pot of chili for our next game day meal. The craving was reinforced even more after talking with a friend who mentioned chili as well. After that conversation the skies got real dark and the air even changed just enough to make me realize…I needed to make chili. For dinner.

collage showing 3 steps of making the chili

My pot of chili usually consists of lots of veggies, dried chiles, a couple different types of beans and sometimes even beer and/or a few squares of dark chocolate. Since this was going to be a weeknight pot of chili, I decided to keep things simple. In the effort to keep things light yet satisfying, I used a lean ground turkey bulked up with sliced mushrooms. It turned out perfect, in just under an hour, which worked out absolutely wonderful for a school night.

can of Bush's Pinto Beans

Bush’s Pinto Beans, chili spices and canned diced tomatoes are pantry staples, which along with a few fresh ingredients turned this chili a great weeknight meal. With leftovers – bonus!

bowl of ground turkey chili with pinto beans, mushrooms, and tomato chunks

PS…I took these photos immediately after making the chili. After letting it sit at room temperature for a bit longer (while waiting on my husband to come home from work), it thickened up very nicely. As with all chili recipes, the longer it sits, the more thick and delicious it becomes.


Turkey Chili with Bush’s Pinto Beans and Mushrooms

  • Author: Aggie's Kitchen
  • Category: Ground Turkey
  • Method: Stove


  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper of choice, chopped (I used a bunch of mini yellow and orange peppers, but use whatever you prefer)
  • 1 8 oz container of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 15 oz cans Bush’s Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can of water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in large heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, peppers, and mushrooms. Saute for about 5 minutes until softened. Add ground turkey and break up into small pieces using a wooden spoon. Season turkey and vegetable mixture with spices and a small pinch salt and pepper and continue to cook until ground turkey is browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  2. Once turkey is cooked through add beans to pot and gently stir. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes and water (I filled 1 tomato can full of water) to pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Take cover off pot toward end of cooking time to allow chili to thicken up. Taste for salt and pepper.
  3. Serve as is, or with your favorite fixings.
  4. Note: Go easy on the salt when you are preparing chili. Taste as you ago and adjust along the way. When using pantry items such as canned tomatoes or beans it’s hard to know how much salt you need until you taste it.

Disclosure: I am in a working relationship with Bush’s Beans. All my opinions are my own.

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21 comments on “Turkey Chili with Bush’s Pinto Beans and Mushrooms”

  1. Mushrooms are an interesting addition to chili – I don’t think I’ve ever had them in chili before. Chili is a perfect easy meal when the weather begins to cool. I love it.

  2. With cooler weather coming this is comfort food at its best.

  3. Sooo wait, I always crave chocolate, so what does that mean? Sigh!

    Love the chili!

  4. I can’t wait to make a big pot of chili!

  5. I think my 9yo would love this! He’s a big fan of turkey.

  6. I need to make a big pot of chili, sounds perfect. We can at least pretend it’s fall in this heat and humidity right?

  7. I am so hungry for chili already. This looks SO comforting Aggie!

  8. Wow, I love the meatiness of this chili, Aggie!! And I adore the fact that you added mushrooms!

  9. This sounds like my perfect fall meal–I am so excited to see the soup recipes coming back!

  10. I’ve always wanted to taste chili. We don’t eat beef, so this is a great recipe 🙂

  11. Aggie it is just turning Chili weather here….. Cool mornings and cool evenings. In fact, I was making next week’s menu plan and can’t wait to make a pot. I always love turkey chili and your version sounds delish. I LOVE beans in chili to get that extra fiber (and originally being from Cincinnati…. chili with beans is a must!). And I love that you also were able to sneak in some veggies….. I may even try adding some carrots. Sounds so good!!! I’m pinning this to make….

  12. Looks perfect Aggie. I can’t wait for the weather to cool down so I can start busting out the chili. Love the addition of pintos. Mmm.

  13. I’ve been craving chili, too, and had to make some last week. Yours looks delish…love the mushrooms!!

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  15. I love how you used mushrooms to bulk up the chili – I’ve used kasha in place of some of the meat in chili, but I’m going to add mushrooms too next time I make chili.

  16. My chili always has a can or two of Bush’s beans. I love that you added mushrooms, great idea!

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