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Apple Butter Chili Recipe

Apple Butter Chili


There is a certain big game coming up that I can’t mention by name because it’s trademarked, but you all know which game it is. Each year we make it a big family event with lots of yummy snacks, treats, and, of course, some chili.

This Apple Butter Chili is the perfect chili for a big get-together. It’s a mild chili that has plenty of flavor. The apple butter adds a nice earthiness without making the chili too sweet. If you like your chili on the spicier side, though, feel free to add a little (or a lot) more chili powder. Either way you can’t go wrong with this delicious chili!


Apple Butter Chili Recipe


  • 1 lb . lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans red or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2/3 c . Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • 1 tsp . ancho chili powder (feel free to add more if you like things on the spicier side)
  • 1 T . unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 T . Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T . liquid smoke
  • 1/2 T . cumin


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground turkey. Drain, and return the cooked meat to the pot.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring to combine.
  3. Cover, and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring as needed, for about 1-2 hours.

You can also find more recipes using Musselman’s Apple Butter by clicking here, or you can watch the video below for even more great recipes.

Apple Butter Chili

Apple Butter Chili

Apple Butter Chili

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  • Reply
    Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission
    February 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Ooooh, this sounds absolutely delicious! I have never tried apple butter in my chili before, sounds like I need to try it! :)

    • Reply
      February 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy it if you try it! =)

  • Reply
    Happy Valley Chow
    January 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    What a fantastic idea to put apple butter in chili. That sounds delicious :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • Reply
      January 27, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you!! =)

  • Reply
    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen
    January 27, 2014 at 10:22 am

    This looks amazing! I have never thought of applesauce in chili I bet it’s great!

    • Reply
      January 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Chandra! You can’t really taste the apple, but it does help to balance out the acidity from the tomatoes. =)

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