Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

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  • Healthy Turkey Chili – This easy recipe is hearty and delicious with plenty of flavor! Can easily be made in the slow cooker as well. Nothing beats a comforting bowl of turkey chili!

    I love to make all types of soups…they are so easy and delicious. This turkey chili recipe is one of my favorites, along with hearty vegetable soup, easy lasagna soup, tortellini sausage soup and chicken gnocchi soup.

    bowl of turkey chili with sour cream, cilantro, avocado, red onion and tortilla chips

    Healthy turkey chili

    This simple turkey chili recipe is made with lean ground turkey, chili seasonings and 3 types of beans. We love to top it off with all of our favorite toppings including cheese, sour cream, avocado, cilantro and chips. It makes it a little less healthy, but oh so yummy. It’s also SO delicious served with a warm slice of cornbread. YUM!

    The thing I love most about this healthy chili recipe is that it’s even better the next day. I’m not a huge fan of leftovers, but I will definitely eat this healthy turkey chili the day after. It is that good!

    Reasons to love it:

    • Protein packed. Between the beans and turkey, each serving has almost 30g protein!
    • Light on fat. There’s nothing fatty in this turkey chili recipe! Only 5g fat per serving.
    • Made in one pot. Everything cooks together in one pot, making cleanup a breeze!
    • Freezer-friendly. This soup freezes beautifully. Store leftovers in freezer for busy nights!
    • Customizable. Add in extra veggies or leave out anything you don’t have on hand. Super easy to customize!

    browning ground turkey in skillet for turkey chili

    How to make turkey chili

    Scroll down for the printable turkey chili recipe and step-by-step video tutorial.

    Step 1: Brown the ground turkey

    Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-heat. Add in the chopped onion, peppers and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions become translucent. Stir in the ground turkey and cook until lightly browned. Drain any excess grease if needed, then stir in seasonings.

    Step 2: Add remaining ingredients and simmer

    Next add in the chicken broth, tomatoes, beans and corn. Bring chili to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Then taste and add more salt and seasonings if desired.

    Step 3: Serve and enjoy! 

    Ladle turkey chili into bowls and add your favorite toppings like sour cream, sliced avocado, red onion and crushed tortilla chips. Enjoy!

    ladle of turkey chili

    Crockpot version

    This turkey chili is a really easy slow cooker recipe as well. Nothing better than slow cooker turkey chili…especially in the fall or winter!

    1. Simply follow the instructions, such as cooking the onions and ground turkey up until adding the seasonings.
    2. Then place the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker with the cooked turkey.
    3. Cook turkey chili on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

    Freezing tips

    This healthy chili recipe makes a great freezer meal! It holds up really well in the freezer and is perfect to pull out for busy weeknights.

    To freeze:

    • Place cooled soup in a freezer bag or container (leaving room for it to expand).
    • Add a freezer label with the name of the recipe and date you cooked it.
    • Store in freezer for up to 6 months.
    • To thaw, let sit in fridge overnight or thaw in microwave.
    • Then let simmer in a pot on low heat until warm.

    bowl of healthy turkey chili with toppings and a spoon

    Toppings to add to healthy chili recipe

    Sour cream: We love to add a dollop of sour cream to our turkey chili. It makes it a little more creamy. You could use Greek yogurt too.

    Shredded cheese: I typically sprinkle some shredded Mexican cheese on top of my healthy turkey chili. The cheese gets all melty and delicious.

    Avocado or guacamole: Feel free to add some avocado slices or even a dollop of guacamole.

    Tortilla chips or strips: One of my favorite toppings to add is crushed tortilla chips or strips. Adds the perfect crunch!

    Cilantro: I’m a huge fan of cilantro and add extra to almost all Mexican recipes that I make. So flavorful and yummy!

    Green or red onions: I usually add about a tablespoon of green or red onions to my turkey chili bowl. Gives it an extra boost of flavor.

    bowl of healthy turkey chili with sour cream, red onion and crushed tortilla chips

    What readers are saying about turkey chili recipe

    “Best chili I’ve ever had!! Sooo easy and yummy!” – Hannah

    “I love this chili! I have made it a bunch of times with varying beans and it always comes out amazing!” – Michelle

    “This was super easy and really great! Loved that it’s a healthier version of chili, and was perfect for a chilly, winter evening. My husband loved it, too!” – Molly

    “Love, love, love this chili!! Will work perfectly for meal prep. I love leftovers and these are amazing! Thanks for the great share.” – Lynda

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    Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

    Course: Soup
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: healthy chili recipe, Healthy turkey chili, turkey chili, turkey chili recipe
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 45 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 326
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Healthy Turkey Chili - This easy recipe is hearty and delicious with plenty of flavor! Can easily be made in the slow cooker as well. Nothing beats a comforting bowl of turkey chili!

    Ingredients

    • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 medium yellow onion , chopped
    • 1 medium red bell pepper , chopped
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1 pound lean ground turkey
    • 2-3 Tablespoons chili powder , more to taste
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt , more to taste
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1-2 cups chicken broth (depending on how thick you like your chili)
    • 30 ounces petite diced tomatoes (two 15 oz cans)
    • 15 ounce can dark red kidney beans , drained and rinsed
    • 15 ounce can black beans , drained and rinsed
    • 15 ounce can white chili beans , drained and rinsed
    • 1 1/2 cups corn , canned or frozen (optional)

    Optional toppings: cheese, sour cream, cilantro, avocados, tortilla chips

      Instructions

      • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-heat. Stir in the onion, peppers and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions become translucent. Add in the ground turkey and cook until lightly browned. Drain if needed. Stir in seasonings.
      • Next add in the chicken broth, tomatoes and beans. Add corn if desired. Bring chili to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer the better. Taste and add more salt and seasonings if desired.
      • Ladle turkey chili into bowls and top with your favorite toppings.

      Video

      Notes

      To cook in slow cooker: Simply follow the instructions up until adding the seasonings. Then place the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker with the cooked turkey. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 1262mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1377IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 6mg
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