A homemade turkey chili recipe is an easy and healthy meal packed with flavor.
A rich and hearty meal, this chili is packed with onions, sweet peppers, lots of rich tomato flavor. It’s made a little bit lighter with ground turkey and simmered until thick and delicious.
A one-pot meal makes dinner easy to prepare ahead of time for those busy weekday nights.
Hearty and Healthy Turkey Chili
A great chili recipe is a go-to for an easy meal, packed with flavor and everyone in my family loves it!
- Healthy and hearty, this recipe is made with ground turkey to make it a little bit leaner.
- Jam-packed with flavor, this recipe uses ingredients you likely have on hand already.
- Turkey chili is ready in 45 minutes start to finish but tastes like it’s been slow-cooked all day!
- Make ahead and reheat throughout the week or freeze portions for single use in zippered bags for up to 6 months!
Ingredients for Turkey Chili
Turkey: Ground turkey keeps this recipe lower in fat and calories. No turkey? No problem, make this chili using ground beef, sausage, or chicken!
Beans: Kidney beans are loaded with fiber and antioxidants. Black beans, pinto beans, and even lentils can be used.
Sauce: The saucy part of this chili is made up of diced tomatoes, broth, and a bit of tomato sauce. It all simmers together with seasonings until rich and thick. Add fresh tomatoes (peel them first) in addition to the canned tomatoes if you’d like.
Seasonings: Pantry spices like garlic, chili powder, oregano, and cumin make turkey chili rich and flavorful. For extra heat, add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or some fresh jalapenos.
Extras: Turkey chili is perfect for sneaking in leftover veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, corn, carrots, and even potatoes!
How to Make Turkey Chili
- Cook the turkey with onions, garlic, and chili powder in a large pot until no pink remains.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the pot (per the recipe below).
- Simmer uncovered for 35-45 minutes until thickened.
Toppings for Turkey Chili
Create a DIY Turkey Chili bar and let everyone choose their favorite toppings!
- diced avocado
- sour cream or Greek yogurt
- tortilla chips
- shredded cheddar cheese or other shredded cheese
- chopped onions
- green onions
Storing Turkey Chili
Keep turkey chili in a covered container in the refrigerator between 3 to 5 days and reheat portions on the stovetop being sure to stir every few minutes until it’s heated through.
Leftovers can be stored in the freezer for up to 4 months. That in the fridge overnight and heat on the stove top or in the microwave.
More Ground Turkey Recipes
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- 1 pound ground turkey or ground chicken
- 1 onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
- 15.5 ounces kidney beans 1 can, drained and rinsed
- 10.5 ounces canned tomatoes with chiles such as Rotel
- 1 cup chicken broth or beef broth
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 bell pepper red or green
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- Brown ground turkey, onion, garlic, and chili powder in a big saucepan 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.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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