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Healthy Turkey Chili

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posted: 03/06/19

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This Healthy Turkey Chili recipe is hearty, warming, and delicious! You will love how full of flavor it is and you will feel great about making it for your family! Serve this easy turkey chili with some warm beer bread or just a easy side salad.

bowl of healthy turkey chili garnished with jalapeños, sour cream, chips and red onions

I wanted to tell you that I am filled with absolute regret that the other night over dinner I did not pull out my phone to record Quinn talking about the story she wrote. It wasn’t so much the story itself that was funny. It was the way she was telling it. Gavin and I were laughing so hard we were actually crying and my stomach for real hurt – which might be more of a testament to how out of shape those muscles are.

All the while Quinn just kept looking at us and saying, “What? Why is this so funny??” and giggling herself.

I love family dinner time. Scratch that. There is a lot I love about family dinner time. The reminding kids to eat and asking them to sit down over and over is not ideal. But I love that it is the time of day that our kids’ personalities shine so brightly. They talk about their days, what is happening in their lives, they lend each other support. Family dinner time is so important to us. But it has to come with actual dinner.

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

This Healthy Turkey Chili recipe is the perfect family dinner. It is not the least bit difficult to make, and delivers the original one pot meal. You have vegetables and proteins living happily together in one pot. Throw some fast easy biscuits on the side or let everyone go nuts with garnishments and you have such a happy filling meal that you can laugh until you cry over.

overhead view of stock put full of turkey chili recipe

The Best Turkey Chili

Everyone needs a good ground turkey chili recipe. I love that it is a healthy fulfilling meal that I feel good about feeding my family. This turkey chili actually is healthy. As the name suggests, it is made with ground turkey, which is such a lean and low fat meat. I pilled on the veggies in the form of tomatos, onions, green peppers, and kidney beans. Plus it is all sautéed in just a tablespoon of oil. You don’t get much healthier than that!

The seasonings in this recipe, chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce are just the right combination to give it the perfect flavor. And when you let it all simmer together it becomes the most hearty delicious chili recipe.

overhead view of a bowl of the best turkey chili pilled with toppings

Toppings For Healthy Turkey Chili

I feel like given how healthy it is, you can just pile on the sour cream – that’s how this works, right? But don’t let me stop you from putting on whatever your favorite chili toppings are!

  • sour cream
  • pickled jalapeños
  • green onions
  • red onions
  • shredded cheese
  • chopped cilantro
  • corn chips

Reheating Turkey Chili Leftovers

This turkey chili recipe reheats beautifully. I actually did the video for this recipe one day and then we ate it the next. If you make this turkey chili the night before, simple put the whole pot over a low heat and stir frequently for about a half hour.

If you are just reheating a single serving, microwave covered, stirring half way through. Or put in a small sauce pan and simmer, stirring frequently, until warmed.

two bowls of ground turkey chili
two bowls of ground turkey chili
5 from 1 vote

Healthy Turkey Chili

Serves: 6
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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour
This Healthy Turkey Chili recipe is hearty, warming, and super delicious!  You will love how full of flavor it is and you will feel great about making it for your family!


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14 ounces kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes undrained
  • 2 cups water


  • Heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  • Add the onions, garlic, and green pepper to the pan. Stir and sauté until the veggies are cooked through and the onions are translucent.
  • Add the ground turkey and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Add the spices, salt, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and stir until combined.
  • Add the kidney beans and tomatoes with their sauce, and two cups of water. Stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for thirty minutes.
Serving: 1serving Calories: 356kcal (18%) Carbohydrates: 40.3g (13%) Protein: 29g (58%) Fat: 8g (12%) Saturated Fat: 2.2g (14%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 66.7mg (22%) Sodium: 828.3mg (36%) Fiber: 13.6g (57%) Sugar: 6.9g (8%) Vitamin A: 1644IU (33%) Vitamin C: 68.5mg (83%) Calcium: 169.2mg (17%) Iron: 5.8mg (32%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
two bowls of ground turkey chili

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  1. Amy | Club Narwhal says

    Lisa, you just brought back so memories with your mention of those Scholastic book fairs! I remember one year we wrote our own books in class and bound them with twisty ties. The school displayed our handmade books right along side all those brand new books and it was the best feeling in the world–like, we have totally arrived as authors :) This chili looks awesome, especially with that dollop of sour cream.

  2. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says

    I used to LOOOOOVE school book fairs. I can still remember the rows of tables in the library with all of the book and picking out the ones I wanted. I gotta put in my two cents, but I think you should totally say YES to this one. I mean it’s books, not pixie sticks. :)

    We can never get enough chili in our house. It’s about this time of year we start having chili every Sunday while watching football. This recipe looks great!!

  3. Kathrine says

    What are the calories in this ?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Unfortunately, I don’t have the slightest clue, but I do love My Fitness Pal for calculating calories.

      • Emily says

        Any idea on how much it makes??? Trying to calculate calories and serving size

        • Lisa Longley says

          I just made it again tonight Emily! I would call it 6 small servings or 4 big servings.

  4. Chelsea says

    I have tried plenty of Turkey Chili recipes but this one is my new favorite! I made a double batch and let it simmer for 2 hours, it was PERFECT!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much Chelsea!

  5. Gina says

    403 carbs for 1 serving?! Yikes!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Oh my goodness, missing a decimal point can really throw a wrench in things. 40.3. Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

  6. Lisa says

    Is it possible that there’s broth or Somme other liquid missing from this recipe? Mine is much drier and verrry spicy. ….

    • Lisa Longley says

      I don’t think so Lisa . . .

  7. Beth says

    5 stars
    Delicious chili! Added jalapenos, extra garlic, and subbed some chicken stock for some of the water. A hit in our house!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear that you liked it!


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