Turkey Chili

It’s Thanksgiving week! I am so excited to welcome my kids home from college, my parents, and sister Harrison and her family for the marathon week of food, fun, fellowship, and football. I am making a big pot of turkey chili for the Wednesday night welcome home. To make the dinner feel a little more special, I will set up a chili bar with all the yummy toppings like avocado, blue corn chips, sweet cornbread, two different kinds of shredded cheese, cilantro, green onions, sour cream (and greek yogurt), and every kind of hot sauce. I am partial to Crystal’s! The chili is simple to prepare, super delicious and easy clean-up! My favorite thing about this recipe is all the fresh herbs tossed in the pot at the end. Why not make it healthy as well as delicious!

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Turkey Chili

Course Main Course
Servings 8


  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 2 28 oz cans whole tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup Fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup Fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 avocado, optional garnish
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups brown rice, prepared
  • 1 red, yellow, green pepper, diced, seeds, and ribs removed
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut in chunks
  • 1 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup French lentils
  • 1 14 oz can cannellini and black beans (rinsed)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Coat the bottom of your pot generously with olive oil. Saute your onion, carrots, celery, leeks and spices until soft.

  2. Add ground turkey breast. Once turkey meat is cooked through, pour the cans of tomatoes, chicken stock, and tomato paste into the pot.

  3. Add your peppers, sweet potatoes, beans and lentils.

  4. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes, and longer if you have more time. Taste all along the way. You might need a tablespoon of turbinado sugar to reduce acidity. Turn off heat.

  5. Add cilantro, parsley, spinach and juice from one lime.

  6. Place brown rice in bottom of bowl, ladle in soup, and then garnish with avocado, chips, corn bread, green onion, more cilantro, cheese galore, sour cream and hot sauce.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Holy One,

How do we begin to say thank you?

How do we stand before you in our humble garb of flesh and bone
and thank you for all that we are—

Divinely-made, tenderly loved, and eternally-bound.

How do we say thank you for all that we have—

That one part of us that the world cannot have

Because it belongs to you.

The place where you dwell so we are never left alone.

The place that radiates your glory,
and is charged with delivering your Message
of Love into creation.

How do we say thank you for giving us our mothers and our fathers,
our sons and daughters, friends and enemies,
neighbors and strangers—

To practice love, to practice healing, to practice mercy,
to practice grace on your behalf.

How do we say thank you for the obstacles placed in our path
the bruised knees and broken hearts
that prove how strong and resilient you created us to be.

How do we say thank you for every dawn
that breaks through the dark night,
ushering in joy in the morning.

 How do we say thank you for the second and the third
and the fourth and the thousandth chance—you give us to try again,
try and love better, try and be better versions of ourselves,
try and live lives that are holy. 

How do we say thank you for your invitation to break bread
at your table of thanksgiving—
the Table where all are welcome, all are accounted for,
and all are praised as holy and heaven bound.
It is at this table of Thanksgiving where we come and seek nourishment deep in the belly of our souls—

And leave pointed in the direction of our salvation.

Ho do we say thank you?

It all comes down to love—

Let it be said:

We loved well and often.



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  • Corky Herbert

    November 20, 2023 at 7:36 am

    At the beginning of a busy week that will include the funeral of a friend, the 13th birthday of a granddaughter, and a Thanksgiving meal here with extended family, what a perfect offering this is: a practical and healthy recipe and a prayer that reminds us of God’s abundant love and the outreach he calls us to offer.

  • Janice Parker

    November 20, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Farrell, thank you for this beautiful prayer of thanksgiving!
    I pray that you have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving with your family!

  • Diane Tucker

    November 20, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    4 stars
    You’re amazing! Having most of your family in for Thanksgiving! You are loved!