Turkey Chili is the ultimate comfort food. This Hearty chili is easy to make with  the healthy additions of ground turkey and fresh veggies (like onions and peppers).

Serve this easy chili recipe with some homemade cornbread and all of your favorite toppings for the ultimate comfort meal!

Turkey Chili in a white bowl

Easy Turkey Chili

Turkey is one of my favorite proteins to cook with. We love making roast turkey breast and of course substituting turkey in our favorite Pasta Sauce recipe! It makes a great addition to chili loaded with veggies and beans!

Ground turkey chili is one of those comfort foods that we make often (of course along with 30 Minute Dinner Rolls or crusty bread). It’s hearty and delicious, it freezes well and its perfect served on game day alongside loaded nachos.

How To Make Turkey Chili

Turkey chili is a simple one pot meal and made very much like a traditional beef chili recipe. It only takes a few steps and needs just one pot:

  1. In a large pot, brown the turkey with onions, garlic, and chili powder.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot.
  3. Simmer for 35-45 minutes until thickened.

Super easy peasy! The addition of red peppers adds a sweetness to this chili. If you prefer a less sweet chili, swap out the red pepper for green. You can also add other veggies to this recipe like mushrooms or zucchini.

Uncooked ingredients of Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This easy turkey chili recipe can easily be adapted to and be cooked in the slow cooker. That way, you can come home to a delicious bowl of hearty chili that’s ready when you are. (I use a 6QT Crock Pot for this recipe).

To make Crock Pot Turkey Chili:

  • Brown the turkey, onion, chili powder, and garlic.
  • Add all ingredients to a slow cooker
  • Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours

How To Thicken Chili

If your chili is a little too thin for your liking, just cook it a little longer (uncovered) to reduce the liquid a little more.

If you’re a little pressed for time, not to worry! Create a slurry by mixing a tablespoon of water with a tablespoon of cornstarch. Add this to the turkey chili a little bit at a time to help thicken it.

What Goes With Turkey Chili

Chili is a complete meal in itself, so it doesn’t really need anything. I do however love serving it alongside some cornbread or easy dinner rolls. A nice side caesar salad is always great alongside turkey chili too!

We add our favorite toppings like sour cream, cheese, green onions or jalapenos. Top it with whatever you’d like!

Turkey Chili in the pot

Can You Freeze Chili

Chili freezes well, making it the perfect make ahead dish. I like to freeze it in individual servings so I can defrost individual portions.

To reheat turkey chili, just heat it up in a saucepan on low. In a pinch, the microwave will also do the trick. Just make sure you stir it every 60 seconds so it reheats evenly.

How Long is Chili Good For

Chili will last 3-5 days in your refrigerator if stored in an airtight container. Chili should last up several months in the freezer.

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Turkey Chili

This turkey chili recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Hearty chili is reimagined with the healthy additions of turkey and other delicious ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey or ground chicken
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 bell pepper red or green
  • 1 19 oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth or beef broth
  • 1 10.5 oz can rotel


  • Brown ground turkey onion, garlic and chili powder until no pink remains. 
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring chili to a simmer over medium high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low and let simmer 35-45 minutes uncovered until thickened.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 238 | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 939mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1270IU | Vitamin C: 38.3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 4.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American

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  1. I made this recipe as is, with the exception of adding additional beans because of can size. It is amazing! On the hotter side, which I love:) I will continue to use this recipe for a long time.5 stars

    1. This can be made with leftover turkey. If you do not have leftover turkey, ground turkey can be used and will need to be browned per the recipe.

  2. Hi, Just wondering do you know how much is actually in a serving? I know it serves 6 but didn’t want to have to measure out cupfuls if someone already knew. I have to measure so I can count my points Thank you!

  3. Thanks Holly, for this much healthier Chili! I decided to serve it on game day (I’ll have to triple the recipe) along with several other goodies for our guests. I’m sure the ladies will also love it, and will ask for the recipe. I will direct them to your wonderful blog.5 stars