Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac

IMG_0431 I was compensated to develop this recipe and write this post on behalf of Butterball. Although I received product to review, my opinions expressed here are completely my own.

Hellooooooooo! Happy Wednesday, friends! Have I got a great recipe for you today: Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac–basically a healthy version of chili with a little pasta and a whole lot of melty cheese. I love substituting ground turkey in for ground beef. It saves you a bunch of calories and fat, plus I usually don’t miss the beef! Some might call me a Turketarian. Do you like using turkey as part of your healthy lifestyle? Do you like to incorporate turkey into family meals? Well, odds are if you answered yes, than you’re a Turketarian too!

For the next few months, I’ve partnered with Butterball to bring you delicious and flavorful recipes you will love. I don’t know about you, but whenever I think of Butterball, I just think of my Thanksgiving turkey. But, did you know Butterball has a whole bunch of other products? I’ve been using them all in my kitchen and let me tell you, there are some seriously delicious ones! I’m in the process of testing recipe after recipe to share with you guys! The first one up is this Chili.

I used fresh ground turkey from Butterball plus a bunch of veggies like onions, garlic, carrots, zucchini and corn to bulk it up a bit without adding any extra fat or calories. Overall, a filling, easy and delicious meal your family will love!

Here’s how you make it: IMG_0396 Start by chopping up some onion. Get this into a large pot so it can sauté in a little olive oil.  IMG_0403 Now you can grab your Butterball Ground Turkey and get that into the pan too. IMG_0394 While that is cooking away, chop up some carrots and zucchini. Told ya this was healthy! IMG_0408 Chop some garlic too! Once your veggies are prepped, add them into the hot pot to cook a few minutes. IMG_0412 Next thing to add in are just a bunch of canned goodies: black beans, garbanzo beans, diced green chiles, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. IMG_0419 Stir those ingredients all together and then add your chicken stock and spices. Stir, bring it to a boil, reduce to simmer and add in your pasta and corn. IMG_0405 I used gemelli pasta, but any short cut pasta will be fine. Cook everything together until the pasta is cooked, then divide into bowls and sprinkle on a bunch of cheddar cheese to melt. IMG_0436 Hello cheesy goodness! I added on a few fritos, sour cream and chopped basil. Suuuuuper yummy and we had plenty of leftovers :) It’s the perfect meal for a crowd! Pick up some Butterball turkey and make this tonight!

Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac

A healthy new recipe for chili!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. Butterball ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced
4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small zucchini, diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 7-oz. can fire roasted mild green chiles
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
salt & pepper, to taste
1 1/4 cups frozen corn
1/4 cup short cut pasta such as gemelli
2 cups cheddar cheese
any desired toppings: fritos, cilantro, basil, sour cream, etc.


In a large pot, saute onions in olive oil over medium high heat. Stir in ground turkey and break apart using a wooden spoon. Continue cooking until thoroughly cooked. Stir in carrot, zucchini and garlic. Cook another 2 minutes or so. Pour in black beans, garbanzo beans, green chiles, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken broth and spices. Stir and bring to boil. Simmer 5 minutes, then add in corn and pasta. Simmer 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked. Divide into bowls and top generously with cheese to melt. Finish with any remaining toppings and serve.

**AND** mark your calendars! Tonight is a Butterball #Turketarian Twitter party with lots of fabulous prizes up for grabs! Just join in the conversation using the #Turketarian hash tag between 8 and 9pm EST. Three {3} winners will receive $100 Visa gift cards with one {1} grand prize winner winning a $200 Visa gift card! Be sure to follow these other bloggers on twitter to follow along and follow Butterball on Instagram at @ButterballTurkey for more recipe inspiration!

Hope to talk to you all tonight :)

@Laurens_Latest , @Butterball ,@ResourcefulMom , @kamibigler,@makeandtakes, and @wearenotmartha!

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14 Responses to “Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac”

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — August 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Mmmm, this makes me so excited for soup season. And I love that you used turkey! :) Beautiful!!


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    Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds — August 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I have not seen ground turkey locally before. That sounds really good though!


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    Marjory Betchkal — August 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for the healthy alternative!


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    Erin @ The Grass Skirt — August 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    This is definitely pin worthy. What great comfort food!


  5. #
    Tieghan — August 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    So excited for fall and soup weather! This looks and sounds awesome I LOVE butterball turkey! So excited to see your upcoming post!


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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 22, 2013 at 6:00 am

    This is a perfect meal for when cooler weather moves in!


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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 22, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I love soup and stew season! Can’t wait for it and this looks DELISH!


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    Chels R. — August 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Well ya know it’s going to be good when you add cheese and fritos! I can’t wait to try it this Fall!


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    Clover — August 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I made this last night as nd it was really good. Used 1.25pounds Turkey and8oz csn tomato sauce since the directions don’t specify. Was a little spicy but the grownups loved it. The kids were just ok. Will make again.


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    It’s 90+ degrees out but that won’t stop me from faceplanting myself in this!


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    Paula — January 5, 2015 at 10:17 am

    What size can tomato sauce did you use: 14oz or 28oz?



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