One Pot Turkey Taco Chili


Do you have those recipes that happen on complete accident? I have lots of them. Some of them are goods, some of them are definitely not good. Actually there is really no in between. 

This taco chili happened on accident when I started making chili and realized that I didn't have any canned diced tomatoes. What I did have was a jar of salsa....which is pretty much just a bunch of diced tomatoes (and a few other things).

I was skeptical at first, not knowing if the salsa (I used my favorite pico de gallo) would totally over power the salsa. But then I just decided to lean in and go with it, adding my favorite taco seasoning and turning this into a taco chili. The result: fantastic!

I had every intention of showing you every detailed step of this chili, starting with chopped veggies and every step along the way until you have a nice bowl of chili.

Well, my husband called and I got distracted, so instead I have a picture of chopped veggies and a bowl of the finished chili. You can fill in the blanks, right?

If you have made chili before, this is exactly the same. Except that you will be adding salsa in place of diced tomatoes and taco seasoning instead of your normal chili seasoning. 

You could also add some black beans and corn, like I did, to really round out the taconess (Mariam-Webster, I have a new word for you!) of this taco chili.


Then to kick it up even more, you could add your favorite guacamole, maybe a few tortilla chips! 

Thats exactly how I ate it. I ditched the spoon and dug right in with a handful of chips. It was just like eating a crunchy taco out of a bowl! 


Prep Time: 5 minutes   Cook Time: 45 minutes    Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 lb turkey
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels


  1. In a large stock pot, add about 2 tsp olive oil and heat over medium high heat. Once the pot feels warm add the turkey. Break up with the back of a spatula. When turkey is mostly brown, add the onion and bell peppers. Cook until turkey is completely cooked through and peppers are soft.
  2. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning then stir to coat the turkey and veggies. Add in the salsa, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Stir until tomato paste is completely incorporated. Add in black beans and corn. Cover the pot, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for about 30 minutes to let flavors develop.
  3. Ladle chili into bowls and top with cheese, cilantro, guacamole, or other toppings of choice. Serce with tortilla chips