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Last Updated on December 18, 2023 by Kiersten James

Healthy and full of flavor, this copycat Panera turkey chili recipe is perfect for meal prep lunches or warming up during cold weather.

We love to eat this copycat Panera turkey chili over warm white rice piled high with sour cream, freshly shredded cheddar, sliced jalapeños, and diced onion.

Omit any allergens or sensitivities, as needed.

Equipment You May Need

  • Large pot
  • Cutting board and knife for chopping
  • Medium sized bowl
  • Can opener
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cast iron skillet (optional)

Copycat Panera Turkey Chili Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground turkey meat
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 4 cans of Hunt’s fire roasted garlic diced tomatoes (14.5oz)
  • 1 can Tutturosso tomato sauce (15oz)
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can chick peas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup McCormick’s Hot Mexican chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dry Italian herb seasoning
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Extra virgin olive oil for sauteing

How to Make Copycat Panera Turkey Chili

If you are using dry kidney beans, pre-cook them before starting this recipe.

  1. Cook ground turkey over medium heat until browned and juices run clear. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the turkey is cooking, chop the onion and bell peppers.
  3. Saute the onion in olive oil over low-medium heat until the onion becomes fragrant. Stir every now and then to prevent sticking.
  4. Add the canned beans, edamame, corn, and diced bell peppers to the pot. Stir and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. If you pre-cooked beans, don’t add them to the pot yet.
  5. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, pre-cooked beans, cooked ground turkey, and all dry seasoning to the pot. Stir until well incorporated.
  6. Bring to a low boil, stirring often then reduce heat to a simmer (around a 2 or 3 on most stoves). Simmer the turkey chili uncovered for 4 to 5 hours. Stir occasionally.
  7. Serve when desired thickness is achieved.

Copycat Panera Turkey Chili Substitutions

Because my husband has a strong family history of high cholesterol, I tend to stick to ground poultry meats over red meat when making large batches of things.

Ground turkey can easily be substituted for ground beef if that’s what you have on hand. If using beef, choose a good quality 85% ground. Drain well after cooking before you add the meat to the pot.

Add or omit any legumes or vegetables you may prefer. If you have a nightshade sensitivity, it’s best to avoid this dish all together.

Using Up Leftover Turkey Chili

I don’t think we’ve ever had turkey chili last long enough in the refrigerator to actually get sick of it. Part of the reason is probably because we switch it up and include it in a few different meals.

Some of our favorites are stuffed bell peppers, layered chili dip, piled high nachos, and burrito bowls.

Make It In A Slow Cooker Instead

This recipe can be converted for a slow cooker by cutting the ingredients in half. Follow the rest of the recipe as written and cook on the Low setting for 5 to 6 hours.

Easy freezer meal prep

This recipe makes A LOT of turkey chili.

If you don’t think you’ll have enough mouths to feed before it spoils, it freezes beautifully for busy weeknight dinners in the future.

You can get a multi pack of quart-sized food storage containers from Amazon and always have a million on hand.

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