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Turkey Chili with Bush’s Pinto Beans and Mushrooms

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.

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.

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!

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.

Print Recipe

Turkey Chili with Bush's Pinto Beans and Mushrooms


  • 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.

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21 Responses to “Turkey Chili with Bush’s Pinto Beans and Mushrooms”

  1. Amy (Savory Moments) posted September 11, 2012 at 6:30 am

    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. bellini posted September 11, 2012 at 7:47 am

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

  3. leslie posted September 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

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

    Love the chili!

  4. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama posted September 11, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Love chili!

  5. Shaina posted September 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Chili season is here!

  6. Paula - bell'alimento posted September 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

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

  7. Tara @ Unsophisticook posted September 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

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

  8. Angie posted September 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    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?

  9. Cassie posted September 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm

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

  10. JulieD posted September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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

  11. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray posted September 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm

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

  12. Kiran @ posted September 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm

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

  13. Kim | At Home With Kim posted September 12, 2012 at 4:35 am

    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….

  14. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet posted September 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    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.

  15. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted September 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

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

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Brenda…I was obsessed with adding the mushrooms to this one, it worked!

  16. Jeanette posted September 16, 2012 at 9:05 am

    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.

  17. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen posted September 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm

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


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