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Modified Moms Famous Chili {With Ground Turkey and Chorizo Chicken Sausage}

Updated: Feb 5, 2021

My mom is FAMOUS for her chili. It's simply delicious but of course it would start out with half a stick of butter, ground beef and high fat sausage- because flavor, right? Well this recipe is here to prove that you can DRASTICALLY cut the fat and still get the most amazing chili. I'm telling you this is just like the original. Full of flavor and the best consistency EVER- thanks to our secret ingredient.

How do we get that perfect consistency?

Well that is thanks to the secret ingredient- a can of refried beans. The refried beans thicken the chili while adding so much flavor. There's nothing worse than a soupy bowl of chili. You want to be able to scoop it up with a chip with ease. You could eat it with a fork (but don't- a spoon is much better).

Chili is perfect on its own but we love ours served alongside some warm cornbread and cinnamon honey butter. We make ours straight from the #Krusteaz cornbread box! MY healthy hack is to sub the 1/3 cup oil for 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce! You won't notice a difference (although I think it's even better).

Modified Moms Famous Chili {With Ground Turkey and Chorizo Chicken Sausage}

12 servings | Cook time: 40 minutes

Notes: serve with tortilla chips for dipping or warm cornbread. Elevate your cornbread with cinnamon honey butter (just mix 1 stick room temperature butter with 1 tbsp honey and 1 tsp cinnamon)


  • 1 1/4 oz chili powder (5 tbsp)

  • 1 tsp pepper

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp marjoram

  • 3/4 tsp cumin

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 2 lbs ground turkey

  • 1 lb chorizo chicken sausage

  • 12 oz bag frozen diced onions, defrosted

  • 16 oz bag frozen diced bell peppers, defrosted

  • 2 tbsp jalapeños in juice (plus juice), more if you like spicy!

  • 1 15 oz can fat free refried beans

  • 1 15 oz can low sodium dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 28 oz can no salt added crushed tomatoes

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • Optional: plain greek yogurt, lime juice, cilantro, shredded cheese, for topping


  1. In a large pot (use the biggest one you have) melt butter. Add diced onions and bell peppers to sauté for 3-4 minutes.

  2. Place chorizo chicken sausage links in food processor and pulse until ground into small pieces.

  3. Add ground turkey an ground chicken sausage to pot with peppers and onions. Break up the turkey sausage using a wooden spoon.

  4. Add all of the spices to the pot with the meat. Cook until meat is 3/4 of the way cooked through, stirring every minute or so.

  5. Pour in tomatoes and kidney beans. Stir to combine. Bring chili to a boil.

  6. Once heated through, stir in refried beans, breaking up with the spoon so its uniformly mixed.

  7. Lower the heat to med-low and simmer for at least 25-30 minutes to fully cook the meat, stirring occasionally.

  8. I will let it simmer up to 1-2 hours if I have time but only at least 25-30 minutes it necessary.

  9. Serve warm with your favorite chili toppings alongside a handful of chips or warm buttered cornbread.


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Nutrition Facts are provided as a guideline only. Exact nutrition will depend on quantity, brand and ingredients used.

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