Turkey Chili Pasta

Have you ever gotten a call from an out of town friend informing you they are now in your town and want to come over? Or your kid tells you they need to bring a dish to share at their Girl Scout/Boy Scout/Camp Fire Girl/Boy’s & Girl’s Club meeting? And the meeting is in a couple of hours? Yeah, thought so.

This is the kind of dish that is easy to put together with items from your pantry and freezer, and it comes together very quickly. I always make sure to have certain items in my pantry or freezer at all times. These include dried beans, canned beans, canned or frozen corn, pasta of different shapes and canned tomatoes. My freezer always has at least a pound of ground turkey, which doesn’t even need to be thawed to be cooked into a pasta sauce or a pot of chili.

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I picked up some First Street products to develop a recipe using pasta or beans. I’m not an either/or kind of gal, so I made a dish using pasta AND beans! I often use First Street products, whether for my home or for my business. I know the quality is outstanding, and the price is even better.

Using just the grocery items above along with some spices I was able to make a large quantity of kid friendly and crowd friendly food. And it is a one pot meal, so clean up is easy too! What more can you want? Seriously?

You cook everything up in a pot. . .

Top it with cheese and bake. Voila!

If you choose you can serve it with additional garnishes, such as:

Salsa or Picante sauce
Diced Avocado
Shredded Cheese
Black Olive slices

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Turkey Chili Pasta
This is what I call a pantry staple meal. Keeping items such as pasta, canned beans, corn and tomatoes on hand means a meal is only moments away.
  • 1 pound small pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 2 (15.25 ounce) cans corn kernels, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until slightly undercooked. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large oven proof pot over a medium high flame.Add the turkey, chili powder, salt, cumin, oregano, garlic and onion. Stir to distribute the spices. Cook the turkey 5-7 minutes, until browned.Add the tomatoes with their juice, the corn and beans. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer while the pasta finishes cooking.Add the pasta and stir well. Remove the pan from the heat.Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top of the pasta, and place the pan into the oven. Bake the pasta for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12- 16 servings

Cheryl D Lee on Foodista

* Smart & Final is giving me with a monetary stipend for developing this recipe. Any and all opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way by the manufacturer/PR firm.

7 thoughts on “Turkey Chili Pasta”

  1. Great idea! I like to use this style of chili bake with brown rice pasta (food sensitivities- but it actually provides great bite!), add spinach and an onion and leave the cheese for garnishing. Love it!

  2. Nope, you can’t have enough of these fast and tasty recipes. Thanks for sharing this one, it looks scrumptious. My usual go-to panic recipe is a pan of chicken enchiladas, or a BIG taco salad or pot of tortilla soup.

  3. I love easy-to-make dishes like this! Perfect for when I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

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