Turkey Taco Stew

Nothing says Super Bowl quite like a large pot of Turkey Taco Stew. It’s a mashup between traditional chili and a Mexican mainstay that’s loaded with lean ground turkey, tomatoes, peppers and beans. This is actually one food you can feel free to indulge in on game day. That is, if you opt out of my family’s favorite way to serve it: ladled over a bowl of tortilla chips and topped off with the works. The heat of the stew softens the tortilla chips, turning them into a welcome complement found at the bottom of your bowl.

Regardless of who you’re rooting for this Sunday (shout out to my man Aaron Rodgers), you can at least keep the in-house crowds cheering with an endless bowl of one of my childhood favorites. And don’t forget to check out my long list of sweet and savory Super Bowl snacks that includes a few crowd-pleasing cocktails to sip and savor.

Turkey Taco Stew

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 40 min


2 Tablespoons olive oil
1½ pounds ground turkey
1 medium onion, small dice
1 green pepper, small dice
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes with chilies
1 10-oz. can pinto beans in chili sauce
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 10-oz. can tomato soup (undiluted)
1 cup water
Tortilla chips, for serving
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese, for serving
Sour cream, for serving
Chopped Scallions, for serving


Place a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the olive oil then the onions, peppers and ground turkey, sautéing until the turkey is fully cooked.

Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the chips, cheese sour cream and scallions.

Simmer the stew for at least 30 minutes until the onion and peppers soften and it is heated throughout.

When ready to serve, crumble a handful of tortilla chips into a bowl then ladle in the stew and top with shredded cheese, sour cream and scallions.


4 Responses to “Turkey Taco Stew”

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    jenn — February 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    this looks so good. i just stumbled across your site. i’ll def add this blog to my Rss feed!


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    Kelly Senyei — March 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Jen! The Turkey Taco Stew is indeed delicious, and I especially like that it has the healthier alternative of leaving off the garnishes, which are not surprisingly, my favorite part.

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    Monica — May 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Making this tomorrow. So happy I found your site! I made the baked taquitos already.


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