Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili |

Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili

Disclosure: I’m so happy to be able to give you all a peek into Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup. Thanks for letting me share this beautiful cookbook with you!

New Englanders take their maple syrup very seriously. As a former resident of both New Hampshire and Vermont, and as a current resident of Massachusetts, I know this obsession all too well. Maple syrup is something we take great pride in producing here in New England. And we will showcase it at any chance we get. It’s all maple, all the time.

So when Katie Webster’s cookbook Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup arrived at my doorstep on the first official day of Fall, I squealed with excitement. An entire collection of recipes dedicated to the stuff that we like to affectionately call “liquid gold” is pretty much the cookbook of my dreams.

Maple is full of recipes that go way beyond the breakfast table. From Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs to Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Pie, Maple will convince you that you need to be consuming maple syrup at every single meal of the day. I think my favorite chapter is the one on cocktails. Just saying.

I had the pleasure of meeting Katie earlier this year and frankly, she is pretty irresistible. Katie has an energetic laugh, a sharp sense of humor and a passion for good food and local ingredients. We connected instantly over our mutual love of craft beer, body pump, sarcastic one-liners and of course, pure maple syrup. I’m proud to call her my friend. And I smile every time I spy her cookbook on my shelf.

Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili |

Today I’m sharing Katie’s Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili recipe. Which is seriously ON POINT. It has just enough spice and acidity to keep things interesting. But it won’t set your mouth on fire either. Because the maple syrup nicely balances out all that heat. And it lends a truly addictive quality to this chili that will have you spooning bite after bite straight from the pot to your mouth.

I’m super excited to be able to give away a copy of Maple to one lucky Floating Kitchen reader.  Scroll down past the recipe to check out all the details of the giveaway and enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck! Update: This giveaway has ended and a winner has been selected. Thank you to everyone who entered!



Recipe shared with permission from Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup

Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili

Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili


  • For the Chili
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or canola oil, divided
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground dried chipotle
  • 4 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, preferably fire roasted
  • 1 (15-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup dark pure maple syrup

  • For Garnish
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitas
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño pepper


  1. In a large heavy-bottom pot over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon and stirring occasionally, until completely browned. Transfer the turkey to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Return the pot to the heat and warm the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the onion, garlic and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 6-10 minutes, or until the onion is softened and browned.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika and chipotle and cook, stirring frequently, until the spices are fragrant and starting to brown, about 30-90 seconds. Add the vinegar and cook until the liquid is evaporated, about 30-60 seconds. Add the water and bring the mixture to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, maple syrup and cooked turkey. Bring the chili to a simmer and then cook, uncovered, for 10-14 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.
  5. To serve, ladle the chili into bowls. Top with diced avocado, cilantro, pepitas and sliced jalapeño peppers. Serve immediately.

48 comments on “Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili”

  1. Thank you so very much Liz. Love the review and that you chose this chili recipe. I have made it so many times since first working on it for the book. I even have made it with venison, and in the slow cooker. I am so glad you were able to share this with your readers too.

  2. I want this cookbook!!!! 🙂 And dude, gimme all the smoky and sweet turkey chili come winter time. I love this! My fave way to enjoy pure maple syrup? on pancakes, waffles or with BACON. 🙂

  3. Wowza, an ENTIRE book dedicated to pure maple syrup? Talk about heaven on pages! I never enter giveaways, because I feel weird.. Like I’m on your site because I adore you, not because I want free stuff. But, I entered this one 🙂 I couldn’t help myself. Regardless of the win, I AM purchasing this book! Anyways, I am seriously drooling over this chili!! I love that it is smoky and sweet! Plus it uses turkey, my favorite for chilis AND maple syrup. Gahh! I could seriously gobble up a vat of this in .5 seconds flat! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend! xo

    • Well, I’ll cross my fingers for you that you win! But glad you’d buy it anyway. It’s a fabulous cookbook! I know you’ll love it!

  4. This book sounds awesome! I love to use maple syrup in cooking and baking (and cocktails). Those maple ginger chicken thighs you mentioned are calling my name. 😉

  5. I’m ALL about the maple syrup all the dang time! I’m also with Sara, alll the cockies (short for cocktails? Or too weird?)

  6. Maple syrup is just the best and I don’t use it often enough in savory recipes- awesome cookbook!

  7. Being Canadian, maple syrup pretty much runs in my blood, so needless to say, I’m totally loving both this book and this awesome chili!!

  8. Maple syrup? Sounds interesting, I should try sometime 🙂

  9. Ooooh, I’ve not tried MS in chili, but I can just imagine the sweet against the spicy.. and I louuuuve spicy! So fun to meet blogging friends in person – what a great opportunity, Liz! And this book. Looking forward to seeing all the inspiring recipes Katie created! Thank you for sharing and this fantastic giveaway!

  10. My favorite way to use syrup is with good old fashioned pancakes or granola!

  11. Obviously I’ve missed the boat because I’ve never added maple syrup to my chili, and clearly that sounds DELISH! Have to try! Thanks for sharing Liz.

  12. Liz, this is one gorgeous bowl of chili. I love the added natural sweetness from the maple syrup. Pinned!

  13. This book looks really beautiful and I love the concept!!

  14. Liz- I love your gorgeous photos! And I love Katie’s book too! I’m sharing a recipe and giving away a copy on my blog tomorrow 😉 This chili looks so incredible! I love the idea of a little sweet with my smoky!

  15. Maple syrup is liquid gold — it’s one of my favorite ingredients to use. Adding it to chili is just genius, and these flavors sound just incredible. I would love this chili and that cookbook!

  16. Maple syrup is so like liquid gold!! I use it in so many things and always make sure I have a huge bottle of it on hand! Chili season is finally here and this chili looks amazing!! And I love your photos so much 🙂

  17. I am so excited to make this chili! (Huge chili fan over here.) I could now see how maple syrup could give a nice balance in a dish like this. Never would have though. Definitely going to have to check out Katie’s new book. Love your photos… seriously making my mouth water! (What a great giveaway, too!)

  18. Given that TWO of my favorite blog friends made this exact recipe recently, it’s obvious that I have to figure out how to veg-ize it!! Drooling over here.

  19. I love it on gluten free waffles.

  20. I love my syrup with PW’s sour cream pancakes!!!

  21. thanks for sharing the recipe!

  22. I love using Maple Syrup as a glaze. It could be for ham, chicken…. even BACON!!!!! I love adding maple syrup to bacon to give it a deliciously sweet smokey flavor.

    I also love to use it in a marinade for roasted brussel sprouts! I mix maple syrup with oil and soy sauce, marinade for a few minutes, then roast in the oven. sooooooooo good!

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