This Healthy Turkey Chili recipe makes a hearty, spicy, one-pot meal. Naturally gluten-free, low-fat and packed with protein!
You are going to love this Healthy Turkey Chili recipe, because it not only tastes amazing, but is made entirely with low-fat, nutritious ingredients!
Instead of beef, which is traditionally used in classic chili con carne, this recipe uses lean ground turkey. This healthy turkey chili is also packed with a variety of vegetables, which add a ton of vitamins and nutrients to the dish.
This recipe makes a big batch, so it is ideal for entertaining or meal prepping at the start of the week. You could also freeze a portion of it, so that you have it on hand and ready to go on nights when you don’t feel like cooking.
How to Make Healthy Turkey Chili
1: Make the flavor base: Sauté the onions, jalapenos, bell pepper and garlic in a hot, oiled pot until softened and fragrant.
2: Cook the meat and spices: Add the ground turkey to the pot. Once the turkey is cooked through, stir in the chili powder and brown sugar.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients: Stir in your crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, kidney beans, Romano beans and corn. Season with some S&P and let the sauce simmer for about a half an hour.
4. Taste, garnish and serve: Taste the chili and add seasonings/ingredients as desired. Ladle the chili into bowls, top with garnishes (if you want) and serve. Enjoy!
More Healthy Dinner Recipes to Try
- Quick Indian Chicken Curry
- Tuna White Bean Salad
- Chicken and Rice Soup
- Garlic Butter Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles
For this Healthy Turkey Chili recipe, I Recommend:
- Food Chopper – This is the one I have and it is one of my most-used kitchen tools. I use mine all the time to quickly chop up vegetables. I especially love using it to dice onions, because it saves me from all the tears!
- Glass Meal Prep Containers – These are perfect for meal prepping and storing leftovers. I love that they are freezable, microwavable and oven-safe.
If you make this Healthy Turkey Chili recipe, let me know! Rate it and leave a comment below, because I love hearing from you! 🙂
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 jalapeno peppers, stemmed and chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 pounds ground turkey
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup tomato paste
- ½ cup water
- 2 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups frozen corn
- Optional toppings: Tortilla chips, chopped fresh cilantro and avocado
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, jalapenos and bell pepper. Cook for 4 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute further until fragrant.
- Add the ground turkey to the pan and cook, stirring constantly to break up meat, for about 5 minutes until cooked through.
Stir in the chili powder, brown sugar, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, kidney beans, pinto beans and corn. Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
- Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary. Serve, garnish with optional toppings if using.
This chili can be served on its own, or with cornbread or rice.
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