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Yum! I've made this several times and it's really great. I agree with Picholine that the initial cooking of the meat and spices before adding liquid is key. The cocoa and cinnamon add a fantastic flavor, but my friends can never guess what it is. I also love to make this and take it to work to nuke at the office. Thanks!
Our church just had its annual chili cook-off and I'm so wishing I had made this recipe. It's that good. The chili powder gives it just the right amount of heat and flavor. I think cooking the ground turkey with the spices before adding the liquid is essential. I wouldn't change anything about this recipe except to omit the salt since my tomato products are salted, and to use a variety of beans (I used cannellini and kidney). I was short on time so I only let it simmer/boil for 10 minutes before adding the beans. I was also out of bay leaves, but those shortcuts didn't seem to affect the quality. This is wonderful chili--even my husband, a chili conoisseur, raved. Made it again with black and kidney beans. Even better. Left out the cocoa. Used bay leaves. Used tomato paste with/water instead of sauce.