Bloody Mary Turkey Chili

There are two things I love in life: Champagne and Sushi. This post has nothing to do with those two things though because I have no say in what is made on rainy game days, ha! But really, this chili is amaaaazing. It’s inspired by a turkey chili recipe I found by New York Times but I was inspired by Luke’s Sunday morning Bloody Mary’s! Let me know what you think!

A few notes:

  • If you want to top with cheese, I highly suggest freshly shredded cheese instead of the pre-shredded cheese. Cheaper and such a better flavor!
  • If you want to make it lower carb, nix the beans and onions and add some hearty greens at the end like a kale or spinach!
  • Frito scoops are far superior to regular fritos but our store didn’t have them and I wasn’t going to a second store in the Bay Area on a Sunday lol
  • My BIGGEST pet peeve is when I buy fresh herbs and they die instantly in my fridge. My best tip for cilantro is to keep it wrapped and put the stems in a cup of water in the fridge. They will last three times the time!


  • 1 Tablespoon Oil (Olive or Avocado is preferable for their high smoke point!)
  • 1.5 lbs Ground Turkey (White and Dark Combined, I used 1 lb thigh and 1 lb breast)
  • 2 cups Chopped Onion
  • 3 tablespoons Chopped Garlic
  • 1 large Red Bell Pepper, cored, deveined and chopped
  • 1 cup Chopped Celery
  • 1 Jalapeno, Chopped (if you are sensitive to heat, devein and deseed before chopping)
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh or Dried Oregano (I enjoy fresh more!)
  • 3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 3 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 28 ounce can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 15 ounce cans of Kidney Beans
  • 1/2 Cup of your favorite Bloody Mary Mix
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Stout Beer (drink the rest, we used Sierra Nevada Coffee Stout)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Optional Toppings: Sour Cream, Fresh Lime, Avocado, Freshly Shredded Cheese, Fritos and Cilantro

In all actuality, Fritos are NOT optional if you are making this for my husband/


  1. In a large stock pot, heat oil and break up and brown ground turkey, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add Onions, Garlic, Bell Pepper, Celery, Jalapeno, Oregano, Tomato Paste, Chili Powder and Cumin. Stir to blend and cook for an additional 7 minutes.
  3. Add Diced Tomatoes, Chicken Broth, Bloody Mary Mix, Worcestershire Sauce, Stout Beer, Salt and Pepper. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes with lid on.
  4. Add the drained Kidney Beans and cook for about 10 minutes later. Serve in your bowl of choice with any toppings you’d like!


I hope you enjoy! Let me know what your favorite chili ingredients are. We are always looking for new and improved recipes!

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