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Ground Turkey Chili

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This delicious ground turkey chili is the best! It's got two types of beans - cannellini and kidney, as well as onions, garlic, and lots of spices.

It's a wonderfully flavorful and healthy chili recipe that's sure to be a family favorite.

It takes some time to simmer and develop its flavor, but it doesn't require much hands-on time. Overall a great recipe for a weeknight meal.

A closeup shot of a bowl of turkey chili, topped with jalapeno and avocado.

Why You'll Love this Turkey Chili

What's not to love about a hearty bowl of chili? It's perfect for busy weeknights when you want a cozy dinner.

This healthy turkey chili hits all the high flavor points you want in a chili - lots of richness from the aromatics and turkey, a little heat and bright notes from the spices, and texture and creaminess from the beans.

Ground turkey is easy to cook with and browns beautifully. It adds great flavor to this dish and is lower in saturated fat than ground beef.

We love cooking with ground turkey - check out some of our favorite healthy ground turkey recipes that we frequently make.

Ingredients for turkey chili - including beans, ground turkey, onion, tomato sauce, garlic, and spices on a marble background.

What You'll Need to Make This Recipe

Turkey - You'll need 1 pound of ground turkey for this recipe. We used lean ground turkey, but you can use whatever kind you'd like.

Aromatics - You'll need 1 small yellow onion and 3 cloves of garlic.

Beans - You'll need 1 (14-ounce) can of kidney beans and 1 (14-ounce) can of cannellini beans.

Tomato Sauce - You'll need 1 (14-ounce) can of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes.

Stock - You'll need 2 cups of chicken broth or stock. You can substitute vegetable stock or vegetable broth as well. Here's a list of substitutions for chicken broth if you need other ideas.

Oil - You'll need 1 tablespoon of neutral oil (like canola). You can substitute this for olive oil or avocado oil as well.

Spices - You'll need 3 teaspoons of kosher salt, 1 ½ teaspoons of cumin, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, and ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Instructions

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once it's hot, add the diced onion and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the minced garlic and allow it to cook for 30 seconds. Then add half the salt, the cumin, oregano, chili powder, and cayenne. Stir and sauté for 1 minute.

Add the ground turkey to the pot and break it up with the back of a spoon. Allow it to cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned.

Add the chicken stock, kidney beans, cannellini beans, and tomato sauce to the pot. Increase the heat and bring it to a low boil.

Cover, reduce to medium heat, and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Then remove the lid and stir. Allow the chili to simmer for another 20 minutes until reduced.

Serve immediately or save in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Four process photos showing the stages of making ground turkey chili.

Toppings for Chili

You can certainly serve this chili on its own, but if you're looking to jazz it up, here are some of our favorite toppings.

  • Diced avocado
  • Sliced jalapeno peppers
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips or strips
  • Sliced green onions
  • A dollop of sour cream
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Hot sauce
An overhead shot of a red dutch oven with ground turkey chili and a wooden spoon.

More Delicious Chili Recipes to Try

Love a warm bowl of chili? We do too! Check out some of our other favorite healthy recipes.

A closeup shot of a bowl of turkey chili topped with avocado and slices of jalapeno.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Recommended Tools - I like cooking this dish in a dutch oven, but any large heavy-bottomed pot will work.

Storing Tips - This recipe will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. I think it's even better the next day - something about sitting in the refrigerator overnight really brings the flavors together! You can reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Alternate Cooking Methods - You can make this recipe in the slow cooker, but you need to brown the onions and beef before adding everything to the slow cooker and cooking on low for 6 hours.

A Note on Spiciness - If you are making this recipe for kids or anyone who doesn't like spicy food, feel free to omit the cayenne and reduce the amount of chili powder. I find this chili lightly spicy, but some friends I've served it to found it spicier than I did.

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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ground Turkey Chili

Ground turkey chili in a bowl with avocado and jalapeno.

This delicious healthy ground turkey chili recipe is full of flavor and is sure to be a family favorite.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 teaspoons of kosher salt, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 (14-ounce) can on kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of tomato sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once it's hot, add the diced onion and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the minced garlic and allow it to cook for 30 seconds. Then add half the salt, the cumin, oregano, chili powder, and cayenne. Stir and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the ground turkey to the pot and break it up with the back of a spoon. Allow it to cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned.
  4. Add the chicken stock, kidney beans, cannellini beans, and tomato sauce to the pot. Increase the heat and bring to a low boil.
  5. Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Then remove the lid and stir. Allow the chili to simmer for another 20 minutes until reduced.
  6. Serve immediately or save in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 1171mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g

Kammy

Sunday 12th of December 2021

Does this recipe freeze well?

Emily

Monday 13th of December 2021

Yes, it does freeze well! In fact, I have some in the freezer now :)

Linda

Saturday 30th of October 2021

This recipe is so delicious. Second time making it.

Emily

Monday 1st of November 2021

I'm so glad you like it! It's one of my favorites too!

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