My Favourite Fall Comfort Food – Chili!

What’s your favourite comfort food?

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Mine is chili, in all forms. My favourite meal at Panera is Turkey Chili in a bread bowl. I wait for it every fall.  It’s nice and spicy, but not burn-your-face off spicy. Plus eating the bowl it comes in is always fun in a little-kid kind of way.  I’ve been tweaking my turkey chili recipe to taste more like Panera’s and I think I’ve finally got it.  This recipe is healthy, nutritious, and filling.  Serve with cornbread, and top with cheese, sour cream, green onions, bacon, whatever you like!

Panera Copycat Turkey Chili

This hearty chili will fill you up and warm you all the way to your toes. 

Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 1 cup servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can pureed tomatoes 28oz
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 cup frozen edamame
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock no salt added
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes


  1. In a large pot brown turkey with 2 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat

  2. Once cooked, add onions, carrots, and celery and cook 7-10 minutes

  3. Add 1 cup of stock, scraping the bottom of the pot.  

  4. Add remaining ingredients.  Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. 

  5. Serve with your choice of toppings. 

This recipe really could not be easier, especially if you make it in your slow cooker!

Copycat Panera Turkey Chili

The perfect warming dish to satisfy that hearty chili craving

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 2 carrots - diced
  • 3 ribs celery - diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 1 can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 cups frozen edamame
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • pinch red pepper flakes


  1. Dice all veggies, set aside

  2. In a large stock pot brown the turkey with 1tbsp of olive or avocado oil

  3. When the meat is brown, drain if necessary, and add in the vegetables and garlic - cook for 5 minutes

  4. Add in remaining ingredients, stir, and simmer for one hour (or until dinner time) Serve with your favourite toppings (cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, green onions, go nuts!) My favourite is cornbread on the side.  Or if you want to really copycat Panera, grab some of their take-home bread bowls and enjoy that way!

  5. *Slow Cooker option: Brown turkey on the stove. Add Turkey and all other ingredients into slow cooker, set on low for 8 hours. 

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