Drunken Turkey Chili-Mac

Drunken Turkey Chili-Mac

It’s tasty, it’s healthy and it’s an awesome bowl of yum! Make Drunken Turkey Chile-Mac for tailgating or for football parties at home in front of the TV. SCORE!

Pair it with your favorite team (and beer) and you’ll be ready for an afternoon of good food, and good fun!

Serves 8-10    Prep Time: 15 min.   Cook Time: 45 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds ground turkey
1-1/2 tablespoons fennel seed
1 teaspoon each ground thyme and sage
1 medium red onion, grated
1  red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1-15 oz. can corn
2-15 oz. can kidney beans, drained
1-29 oz. can tomato purée
1-29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup beer
2 tablespoons garlic powder (or 4 cloves minced garlic)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon ground mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
1 16 ounce box whole grain elbow macaroni, cooking according to package directions
grated cheddar cheese  (garnish)
chopped red onion (garnish)

-In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, add the oil and brown the turkey meat, along with the fennel seed, thyme, and sage, until it’s nicely caramelized.
-Add the grated onion (juice included), diced peppers, corn and beans.
-Stir to combine and cook a few moments for the peppers and onion to soften slightly.
-Add the tomato purée, sauce, and beer.
-Turn the heat to low and stir well to combine.
-Add the remaining ingredients and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally.
– To serve you can either mix the macaroni and chili together or you can spoon the macaroni into a dish first and top with the chili mixture.
-Garnish with chopped red onion and grated cheddar cheese (if desired) and serve alongside some hearty cornbread.

Mmmmmm, now that’s goooood eatin’  

turkey chili mac in an orange bowl with a spoon.

I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe and let me know what you think.  This recipe would certainly also score big points at a Super Bowl party.  You might want to keep it in mind!

Until we eat again,


  1. Looks great!!! Adding to the to-make list! I love that it has so many veggies!

  2. OMG, I think one bowl of this would fill me for a week. What a hearty dish.

    P.S. love your serving bowls and your painted glass and tray. Your artwork should be in all your posts 🙂

  3. I love chili recipes! If you want more drunken food – I just posted my Drunken Pork Tenderloin recipe this week http://www.robynsonlineworld.com/2011/10/robyns-drunken-pork-tenderloin-recipe/

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