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Award Winning Smoky Chipotle Chili

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This is an award winning chili recipe that is delicious to make for the family at least once every chili season. The chili cook-off that I entered was held my last office job, and this was the winner (I was so proud!)

I originally found the recipe on Allrecipes, but have made it my own over the years with different spices and salsa that gives the chili a spicy & sweet kick. I usually make a double batch because it goes quickly and is perfect to freeze a few portions for later. See recipe below for the double recipe ingredients and directions.

Smoky Chipotle Chili


  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 packets taco seasoning (we like hot & spicy!)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 2 jars chipotle pineapple salsa (if you can’t find chipotle salsa with pineapple, you can get a small can of diced pineapples to add in)
  • 2 cans french onion soup
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • cornbread or corn chips


  1. Brown meat, drain, return to stove and simmer with 1 1/3 cup water and taco seasoning over medium/low heat 4-5 minutes
  2. Combine taco meat, garlic, kidney beans, salsa, soup, and thawed corn in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on High 3-4 hours, or Low 5-6 hours.
  4. Serve with cornbread or corn chips.


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  1. I make something similar, but use 1 pound of spicy sausage and 1 pound of ground meat. It definitely adds kick. Have you ever put cinnamon in your chili?

  2. Molly

    This sounds so good! I love a good chili that uses ground turkey. I’m not a fan of cooking with beef. Must try!

    Molly | Hey There Sunshine

  3. Thanks for sharing this! I love that you just throw the ingredients in the crockpot and go plus I would not have thought of including pineapple!

  4. This looks delicious. I’m not a bean girl so I would ditch them but the rest. Oh my.

  5. This looks delicious! Love chili this time of year!

  6. This looks so yummy! I am going to be adding this to my recipe binder for a cold Fall day!

  7. This sounds and looks amazing! I love a good chunky chili, especially as the weather turns!

  8. This looks delicious! Such a good time of year for chili, too!

  9. Oh this looks divine! Always love trying new chili recipes this time of year! Thank you!!

  10. And yet an other great recipe. Looking forward to try it!!

  11. Looks Delicious! Perfect chili recipe for the fall =)

  12. Adding french onion soup is different for us, will have to make this soon.

  13. This sounds so good! I love anything with chipotle in it! 🙂

  14. Oh yes. Looks superb!!

  15. I don’t eat beef so I’m so glad that this uses turkey!!

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