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This Panera turkey chili recipe is a fabulous copycat of the beloved original. Such a delicious soup that's so easy to make at home.
I love the flavors, the colors, and the heartiness of this soup. It calls for ground turkey, but you can certainly substitute ground beef if that's what you have (instructions for both to follow).
Ground turkey is chosen for its lower fat content, and it has a delightfully different flavor as well.
If you choose to use leftover cooked turkey, I include instructions for that as well (in case you want to make it in the days following Thanksgiving).
As you may already know, I'm pretty fond of copycat recipes and love to replicate my own version at home. I typically shoot for "better than," but you can be the judge of that.
If you're not familiar with Panera Bread restaurant, not to worry. Suffice it to say that this recipe is a hearty, flavorful, colorful chili that's fairly mild in the spicy department.
The beauty of this chili is that you can spice it up or down based on your family's preference.
What You'll Need
2 Tablespoons oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion
12 ounces tomato paste
1 can kidney beans
1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup frozen edamame
1 small carrot
½ cup corn
4 cups beef stock
1 teaspoon dry oregano
½ teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon cumin
How to Make
Preheat Dutch oven on medium heat on stove top.
Add oil, turkey, onion, and jalapeno and cook 15 minutes chopping and stirring often.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook 45 minutes.
Stir and serve hot with biscuits, corn bread, or other bread of choice.
Tips for Panera Turkey Chili Recipe
Using ground turkey is best for this recipe. But if you want to substitute, you can use lean ground beef or leftover turkey.
If using lean ground beef, you will likely not need to add any oil. And if you have more than 2 Tablespoons oil after cooking the ground beef, you will need to remove it before continuing with the recipe.
If you want to use leftover turkey, simply add 2 cups of pre-cooked turkey in step 3 after cooking the onion and jalapeno.
My family and I love this turkey chili recipe. Please let me know what you think in the comments below. What meat did you use - ground turkey or beef? Any other alterations?
Other Copycat Recipes to love:
Panera Turkey Chili Recipe (copycat)
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 medium onion , chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 jalapeno , deseeded and finely chopped
- 12 ounces tomato paste
- 15.5 ounces canned kidney beans , drained and rinsed
- 15.5 ounces canned garbanzo beans , drained and rinsed
- 1 cup edamame , frozen
- ¾ cup carrot , chopped (1 small)
- ½ cup corn , fresh or frozen
- 4 cups beef broth or stock
- 1 tsp oregano , dry
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp salt more to taste
- Preheat Dutch oven on medium heat on stove top.
- Add oil, turkey, onion, and jalapeno and cook 15 minutes chopping and stirring often.
- Add rest of the ingredients and mix together.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook 45 minutes.
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