Turmeric’s Mixup of President Obama’s Favorite Chili

It’s definitely soup season, and chili is a Salty Running favorite! Here is another chili recipe from Turmeric, a delicious sounding version that includes pasta and ground turkey!

Having a six-month-old, time is a bit limited these days! I’ve madeย President Obama’s favorite Chili recipeย runner-friendly, and added bell pepper, carbs, and delicious healthy fats. I love a good chili, and making one with the super-spice turmeric was an added bonus!


  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 1/2 t ground oregano
  • 1/2 t ground turmeric
  • 1/2 t ground basil
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 3 T red-wine vinegar
  • One 28-ounce can peeled tomatoes
  • 1 29-ounce can of dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can light red kidney beans
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • Cheddar cheese to top
  • Avocado (diced)
  • Noodles or Jasmine rice


  1. Heat olive oil in pan
  2. Add onions, green and red pepper. Saute until crisp-tender.
  3. Add turkey and brown until no longer pink
  4. Add all spices and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly to ensure the spices do not burn.
  5. Add all of it to a slow cooker OR keep on stove for 30 minutes
  6. Add all beans, tomatoes, red wine vinegar
  7. If using a slow cooker, cook for about an hour or longer on medium-high heat

Top with whatever you choose (I recommend cheese and avocado). Enjoy!

I am a full-time critical care nurse, who, in my spare time, loves to pound the pavement around the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. I am originally from Wisconsin, and ran for the University of Minnesota where I learned how to run smart, healthy, and happy. I enjoy writing about my adventures in running and what I have learned from racing. I hope to be an inspiration to other women to reach high!

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