Buffalo Turkey Chili

Buffalo Turkey Chili

Any recipe that has a “Buffalo” flavor immediately grabs my attention!  I’m so addicted to the distinctive hot buffalo flavor and just love how it has been used so creatively lately . . . and I normally don’t get into trendy foods.  Weird doesn’t fly in this household!

In this Buffalo Turkey Chili, the buffalo flavor shines through, but not in an overpowering way.  Ground turkey (or chicken) is used instead of beef . . . so I guess that means it has less cholesterol in it, making it a bit more healthy than beef versions of chili.  If you think that you’ll miss the beefy flavor of traditional chili recipes, you’ll never know the difference with the turkey/chicken in this recipe!

Plus if you want easy, this is a cinch to make!

Goodness, all that you do is sauté the best food buddies of onion, celery, garlic and carrots . . . brown the ground turkey or chicken . . . add some spices . . . then throw in some broth, tomatoes, beans, and hot sauce for that BUFFALO KICK!  Let it simmer and you’re good to go!

For a more true buffalo wing experience, serve this chili with crumbled blue cheese.

Even my husband, Mr. Bill, who is not a huge fan of buffalo wings, really enjoyed this chili.  And if he thinks that this chili recipe is a keeper, than you have to trust him (and me) that it is!

This chili is just the yummiest!

Buffalo Turkey Chili


Buffalo Turkey Chili

What You Need:

  • 4 - 5 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs. extra lean ground turkey or ground chicken
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery (plus leaves), finely chopped
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-½ cups of Frank's Red Hot Sauce (less if you prefer)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes with jalapeños
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish:
  • crumbled blue cheese
  • sliced lime
  • chopped fresh cilantro


  • Cook the ground turkey (or chicken) in a skillet over medium heat, crumbling it as it cooks, and set aside.
  • Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a deep pot.
  • Add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic . . . cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth and deglaze the pan.
  • Add turkey/chicken, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, beans, paprika, and hot sauce.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with crumbled blue cheese, sliced lime, and chopped cilantro.
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Buffalo Turkey Chili

garnish with chunks of blue cheese, slices of lime, and chopped cilantro



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  1. Great minds think alike. I made Slow cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous.

  2. Wow, this looks amazing, Roz! I would never have thought of using blue cheese with chili, but it now makes perfect sense! xo

  3. My husband and I both like buffalo sauce flavor but neither of us like eating those little wings. This is a great way to enjoy the flavor but in a whole new way.
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  4. You have got me gal with the flavors of this chili, huge lover of Frank’s!! YUM!!!
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  5. Looks delicious Roz and I also like the “Buffalo” flavor but never thought about it for chili. I like the garnishes you used as well.
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  6. What a great idea and why didn’t I think of it. Really looks good Roz and great photos.
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  7. Blue cheese and cilantro on top? YES PLEASE!!!
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen recently posted..Olé Mole Turkey Chili for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. Wow! love the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and the crumbled blue cheese on top!! delicious!
    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom recently posted..Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Chili for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. Roz, this sounds wonderful! And that is indeed quite an array of chili recipes. There are enough to keep a family in chili all winter long! I’m off now to vote. Best of luck to you!

  10. I love all things Buffalo Flavor and I love that you added turkey instead of beef! What a great dish!!
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  11. I made a chili con carne today too. We had it for the lunch and the leftover will be tomorrow’s lunch. Your buffalo turkey chilli looks scrumptious, Roz.
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  12. Blue cheese on top of chili? Brilliant!
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious recently posted..Shockingly Delicious Chili Mole with Red Beans and Raisins for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. Buffalo definitely seems like the perfect flavor twist to put in chili…and with blue cheese on top, even better!
    Shaina recently posted..New Orleans Style Vegetarian Chili for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. This is a really creative way to serve up chili. I love it! I would not miss the beef in this creation.

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  15. Looks delicious Roz, a very good recipe !Have a great week !
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  16. Oooh, the combo of buffalo flavored chili with the blue cheese sounds like a taste treat to me!
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  17. Love the garnish of blue cheese – yum!

  18. OMG with the blue cheese?!!? This is going on my meal plan for next week!
    Amanda @ MarocMama recently posted..Moroccan Harissa Spiked Chili for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  19. A clever new way to eat buffalo wings, minus the mess!

  20. Roz, Indeed your chili sounds amazing and love the turkey instead of beef! Its so much healthier! I casted my vote! Best of luck to you!
    xxoo Anna and Liz
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  21. We are BIG fans of Franks Hot Sauce in this house. I would love to try this one.

  22. This sounds delicious! Love the big chunks of blue cheese!
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  23. I absolutely love buffalo chicken/turkey chili. I discovered it a few years back and we must have it once a year or so. Your pictures are incredible too!
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  24. Yumm! I’d just have to hide the blue cheese from my husband.
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  25. This chili recipe looks wonderful, Roz! I love the flavor of buffalo sauce, too, and am always drawn to those recipes. I think my kids would love it also. I’m going to have to make it for them. I was glad to hear your husband liked it, as my husband isn’t as wild about this flavor as I am. Sounds like he would enjoy it, though, since your husband did. Thanks for another great recipe. Can’t wait to try it, and I hope you win the contest!
    Shari Kelley recently posted..Meet Mr. and Mrs. CupcakeMy Profile

  26. 1.5 cups of Frank’s hot sauce?! WOW! This chili rocks!!!!
    mjskit recently posted..Green Chile Chicken Mushroom SoupMy Profile

  27. just saw another blogger with a turkey recipe and I loved it but I am loving this just as much! We love our chili and I have used ground chicken before but never turkey! I must give that a try
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  28. I love buffalo flavors too! ESPECIALLY if you add blue cheese. So delicious!
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  29. Amazing recipe Roz! I must try this! Pinning!

  30. Woo hoo! We’re fans of “anything” buffalo so this recipe is great. It’s a must try!!!
    Pam recently posted..Burgundy Chicken with MushroomsMy Profile

  31. Oh, what a beautiful looking chili. It looks amazing.
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  32. Just when you think Chili can’t get any hotter you’ve thought to add hot sauce!?? I love it!! Loving the blue cheese topping even more though!!

  33. I’d like a bowl right now, please!


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