Spicy Turkey Chili With Cumin, Chili Powder, and Dark Chocolate

Spicy dark chocolate chili
Spicy dark chocolate chiliBonnie Taub-Dix, RDN

This unconventional turkey chili is a crowd-pleaser with its savory combination of seasonings and spices. It packs a hefty protein punch with ground turkey, cheese, and beans—along with the benefits of a medley of colorful veggies The dark chocolate also gives a subtle richness you’ll love.



Recipe courtesy of Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read it Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table.

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  • 350 calories
  • 20 grams protein
  • 16 grams fat
  • 36 grams carbs

Prep time

20 minutes min.

Cook time

40 minutes min.

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (16 ounces) kidney beans in spicy chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels, cooked
  • 1/2 each red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed multigrain tortilla chips
  • To taste salt and pepper
In a large frying pan, cook onion and garlic in oil for approximately 5 minutes.
Add ground turkey, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, cinnamon, and pepper flakes, and cook until turkey is browned and no longer pink.
Drain excess fluid, if any.
Add tomatoes, beans, and chocolate chips. Stir together until incorporated.
Simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
Place chili in bowl, and sprinkle one row each of cheese, corn kernels, peppers, avocado, and tortilla chips on top of chili.