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Homemade Turkey Chili is quick and easy to prepare in one pot. It is hearty and healthy, packed with lean protein, filling fiber, plenty of flavor, and perfectly comforting for cold weather.
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Table of Contents
  1. Healthy Turkey Chili
  2. Why We Love This Turkey Chili Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make the Best Turkey Chili Recipe
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Turkey Chili Recipe

Homemade Turkey Chili is quick and easy to prepare and is packed with lean protein, fiber, plenty of flavors, and is perfectly spiced to create a delicious cold-weather warming stew. This Turkey chili recipe is hearty and healthy and made with simple ingredients–it’s a comforting complete one-pot meal cooked in one pot to keep you full and satisfied for hours.

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Healthy Turkey Chili

This Turkey Chili recipe is a lighter, healthier version of the classic chili because it’s light on fat, loaded with lean protein and nutrient-dense beans, and full of flavor.

While some homemade chilis bubble on the stove for hours, this shortcut version uses canned tomatoes and beans, which means it cooks quickly, but still has all of the tangy taste and thick texture of the “traditional type”. We make it so easy to combine ground turkey, tomatoes, aromatics, and beans, spice it up, let it simmer, and serve a simple, yet satisfying meal. 

I love to feed my family nourishing, nutritious food that is hearty enough to fill them up but made with healthy ingredients, especially when it can be made as a one-dish dinner. While this chili recipe may be easy, the blend of spices infuses every bite with delicious flavors that can be adjusted with an extra heat factor or boosted with your favorite add-ins.

There is nothing more inviting than a big bowl of filling comfort food to warm you up this winter.

Why We Love This Turkey Chili Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in one pot so clean up is easy.
  • Loaded with protein and fiber, plenty of flavor, and perfect blend of spices.
  • Hearty and healthy meal that is made with simple ingredients
  • Allergy friendly recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, and nut free.
  • A warm bowl of chili is the perfect ending to a cold, crisp day.
  • Easy to customize with your favorite adds or leave out anything you don’t have on hand.
  • Perfect for tailgates, meal prep, and week day dinners.
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Ingredients

  • Ground turkey: Any type of ground meat will do.
  • Yellow onion, chopped: Another type of onion, like red, sweet, or white, can be used instead. If you don’t have any onions, add some onion powder to the dish instead. 
  • Chili powder
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder: If you would like to mince some garlic and add it to the meat instead, feel free!
  • Canned red kidney beans, undrained
  • Canned pinto beans, undrained: Black beans or another favorite type of canned bean can be substituted here or for the red kidney beans.
  • Canned fire roasted tomatoes, undrained: You can use regular canned diced tomatoes as well.
  • Canned tomato paste: For a little thinner sauce, use tomato sauce instead.
  • Optional garnishes: Sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped parsley 

Substitutions and Additions

  • Make It Meatless: You can skip the meat and add more beans, like white or black beans, veggies, or even quinoa.
  • More Meat Options: Try the classic ground beef, ground chicken, ground sausage, or even shredded pork instead of ground turkey. 
  • Add Some Spices: Feel free to use other spices such as paprika, dried oregano, ground cayenne pepper, ground coriander, or any other you like.
  • Veggies: Add some veggies to the mix, such as bell peppers, corn, roasted green chilies or zucchini for an additional boost of vitamins and nutrients.
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How to Make the Best Turkey Chili Recipe

This homemade Turkey Chili recipe is so easy and quick to prepare and makes a healthy, hearty meal. Loaded with protein, fiber, and tons of flavor, this is the perfect one-pot comfort food meal to warm you up this winter.

  1. Add ground turkey, onion, chili powder, salt, cumin, and garlic powder to a large pot and cook for 5-7 minutes.
    Pro Tip: Cook until the onions soften and the turkey is no longer pink.
    Add ground turkey, onion, chili powder, salt, cumin, and garlic powder to a large pot
  2. Drain the grease from the pot.
    cooked ground turkey in large pot
  3. Mix in the kidney beans, pinto beans, fire roasted tomatoes, and tomato paste and bring to a boil.
    Mix in the kidney beans, pinto beans, fire roasted tomatoes, and tomato paste into the pot
  4. Once boiling, cover the pot and simmer for 30-45 minutes. 
  5. Serve hot with optional garnish. Enjoy!
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Storage Tips

  • To Store: Store any leftovers, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: You can freeze your chili in a freezer-safe container for 4-6 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat your chili in the microwave or on the stovetop.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this chili vegetarian?

You can absolutely make a vegetarian chili. Simply make it meatless and add more beans, veggies, or even quinoa to the mix.

Should I add broth to my chili?

You do not need to add broth to this Turkey Chili recipe. The canned tomatoes, bean liquid, along with the other ingredients will make enough “broth”. You want the chili to have a thick consistency.

What should I serve with my Turkey Chili?

I love to eat this chili all by itself. However, you can also eat it with a variety of sides such as rice, cornbread, baked potatoes, tortillas, hot dogs, nachos, or tacos

What garnishes should I add to my Turkey Chili?

Add some cheddar or Colby jack cheese on top while it is still hot (as recommended in this recipe), and you will get a delicious melty mess. Sour cream adds an incredible creamy taste. And don’t forget that you can add scallions, bacon, guacamole, tortilla chips, fresh tomatoes, or fresh onions on top as well! 

Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker or instant pot?

Yes, this recipe can easily be made in a slow cooker or instant pot. Check out my other chili recipes using these 2 cook methods. See them here: Slow Cooker Chili and Instant Pot Chili

What other meals can I make with my leftover chili?

Leftover chili can be used in other delicious recipes to create a new dinner dish. Use your chili in my Chili Cheese Dog Casserole recipe, Chili Cheese Dip, or Chili Cornbread Casserole.

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Turkey Chili

Serves — 4
Homemade Turkey Chili is quick and easy to prepare in one pot. It is hearty and healthy, packed with lean protein, filling fiber, plenty of flavor, and perfectly comforting for cold weather.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 15.5 ounce can red kidney beans undrained
  • 15.5 ounce can pinto beans undrained
  • 14.5 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes undrained
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • Optional garnishes: Sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped parsley

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat, add the ground turkey, onion, chili powder, salt, cumin, and garlic powder. Cook until the onions soften and the turkey is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Drain grease.
  • Pour in the red kidney beans, pinto beans, fire roasted tomatoes, and tomato paste.
  • Stir everything together and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  • Serve hot with sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped parsley, optional.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store any leftovers, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: You can freeze your chili in a freezer-safe container for 4-6 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat your chili in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1777mg | Potassium: 1491mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2281IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 7mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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