Recipe for Turkey Chili

By: Arlene Bronstein

It's chili season! Fall (and soon winter) weather calls for this comfort food. This chili recipe from Cookie Stagman’s BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS,II really fits that description. You can substitute the turkey for ground beef. The best part is that this is very quick and easy to prepare for that last minute company that shows up over the holidays. Get a big crusty bread and a leafy green salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and chunks of avocados and you have a perfect fall/winter dinner!


  • 1    large onion, chopped
  • 1  pound ground turkey
  • 1    15 ounce can white navy beans, drained
  • 1    15 ounce can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1    15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1    package chili seasoning (Lawry’s or McCormick’s)
  • 2    8 ounce cans petite diced tomatoes


  • cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)
  • chopped onions (optional)

In a large pot, brown the chopped onion and ground turkey.  Drain the pan of the excess liquids. Add all the remaining ingredients and cook for 20 minutes. 

Let your guests choose which garnish to add to their individual servings!

Serves 4.

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In 1989, Arlene Bronstein wrote her first cookbook BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, featuring many of the celebrated American Fashion designers. Her next cookbook, CARLOS: Contemporary French Cuisine was written for Carlos Restaurant, one of Zagut’s top Chicago restaurants, featured in Food and Wine Magazine and many other fine culinary publications. Arlene’s book, My Word Is My Bond, is a history of the Chicago Board of Trade told through 21 interviews of traders ages 40 -90. From that book, she took on the role of Executive Producer for the PBS documentary, “My Word is My Bond”, using clips from her book interviews to tell the story.  In 2013, Arlene wrote her first children’s book, How Did Nonnie Get to Heaven? The Chicago Tribune said, Nonnie conveys through exquisite imagery and the pure expression of children, that death and loss are natural parts of life.”  In the fall of 2014, BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, II was published with 40 new recipes.