Olé Molé Turkey Chili

This Olé Molé Turkey Chili has a total depth of flavor and plenty of spice to heat up an otherwise chili (get it) day! 😉

Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Olé Mole Turkey Chili Recipe

The call for the Chili Cook-Off went out, and I immediately knew I had to participate. To enter this prestigious chili cook-off, I tied on my thinking cap and came up with a fun twist to my traditional homemade Kudos Kitchen chili. The result is a unique and flavorful recipe I like to call Olé Mole Turkey Chili. It may not be a traditional chili in terms of what you’re used to, with the addition of cocoa powder and cinnamon, but that’s what makes it original…and fun!

I could have added this chili into the “mixed meat” category for #SundaySupper because it contains ground turkey and chorizo. But truth be told, I didn’t know what ingredients I’d be adding until it was time to stand at the stove and cook. But that’s pretty typical of how I work in the kitchen anyway. That said, you know that when you’re having fun in the kitchen, you’re on the right track! Olé!!!


This chocolaty, cinnamony (is that a word? LOL), and meaty chili is warm, pungent and mildly spicy with just a slight hint of Mexican beer in the background for a little added depth of flavor. One spoonful of this chili and you’ll soon be singing its praises…Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé, Mole, Mole, Mole, Mole!

Warning: Don’t let the somewhat long list of ingredients put you off from making this recipe! While the list might be long, the ingredients are mostly spices and seasonings that you probably already have on hand in your own pantry. You also don’t need to use Mexican beer. You can use whatever beer you happen to have on hand, or you can opt-out of the beer altogether and substitute an equal amount of water with a splash of apple cider vinegar, or the juice of one lime, for a little hint of brightness that brings all the flavors together.

Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Olé Mole Turkey Chili Recipe

This recipe makes a huge pot of chili so you might want to invite a bunch of family and friends over to share it with you. You can also store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze a big batch for another meal on another day when there’s no time to cook. You’ll thank me later 🙂

Yield: 6 quarts     Prep Time: 15 minutes       Cook Time:  30 minutes

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 pound chorizo
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
1 medium red onion, diced (you can use whatever type onions you have)
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons roasted ground cumin
3 heaping tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 can (4 ounces) fire-roasted chiles
2 cans (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (29 ounces) crushed tomatoes with their juice
1 beer (12 ounces)
Sour cream to garnish
Shredded cheddar cheese to garnish

-In a large Dutch oven over medium/high heat, brown the ground turkey and chorizo in the olive oil, stirring often. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
-Add the bell peppers, onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 3-4 minutes.
-Reduce the heat to medium/low and stir in the remaining ingredients, in the order given.
-Cover and allow the chili to simmer for at least 30 minutes.
-Ladle the chili into large bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream and a bit of shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Olé Mole Turkey Chili Recipe

From bison to vegetarian (and all the chili’s in between), check out all the 

Beef and Bison Chilis
Pork Chilis
Chicken, Duck, and Turkey Chilis
Mixed (meat combo)
Fish and Seafood Chilis
Vegetarian Chilis
Best Wines To Pair with Chili #SundaySupper from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Chili Cook-Off Voting at the Sunday Supper Movement Online Community Magazine
Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Until we eat again,



  1. What a fun recipe! I love love love the addition of Chorizo. I can just imagine the flavor.

  2. Such a cute name, Renee! But the flavor is far more than cute…it sounds amazing!!!

  3. Love the chorizo and the fire roasted chiles!!!

  4. When I experienced my first taste of Mole in Oaxaca, Mexico, I was smitten with my first bite of this wonderful flavor! Great chili recipe, Renee!

  5. I love that you added chorizo to the chili! I love everything about your dish!! This is so perfect and warming!

  6. Wow at the flavors and spices going on in your chili. This is definitely one to make. Oh, and I'm so down with beer in chili too.

  7. You and I are mole queens today!

  8. Thick, rich and delicious looking chili!!! I love lots of ingredients in chili, it gives it so much depth!!!

  9. You win for the most creative title, haha I love it!

  10. Oh my, your turkey chili is a thing of beauty! And the title is seriously awesome!

  11. I need more chocolate in my life – in the chili? Why not! Love it!

  12. I love that you put chorizo in here, so delicious! Ole, indeed! 🙂

  13. Ohhhh I am so intrigued by the mix of cocoa and cinnamon in this chili! It looks soooooo good!

  14. Chorizo in chili? Oh yes please and what a great selection of spices you have going on.

  15. When I saw you were going to post a Mole chili I was so excited but I am even more thrilled now that I see your recipe because it doesn't use a already prepared Mole sauce. We can't get that here and we miss enjoying the flavour of Mole sauce so now it makes me think I can make it on my own. I actually think I have all the ingredients for this one on hand right now so I am so excited to try it.

  16. I have been super excited for this recipe since I saw your title. Mole + chili? Yes please! This is simply amazing!

  17. From Delaware Girl Eats — I'm a sucker for mole!

  18. That chorizo and cocoa addition is just perfect.

  19. This sounds like THE perfect chili that I have to try. Love the addition of cinnamon, chocolate, and beer. I cannot wait to give it a try. Thank you! ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  20. You had me at chorizo! I would absolutely adore this chili! Pinning!

  21. Mmm…chorizo makes everything delicious!

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