The Best Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

Warm up this fall with our healthy protein-packed turkey chili! With plenty of spices, hardy kidney beans, and lean ground turkey; this healthy recipe is perfect for cold days, tailgates and game days, or just because you are in the mood for some chili.

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes 

Cook Time: 45 minutes 

Total Time: 1 hour 


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 lb. ground turkey or chicken (97% lean)
  • 2 cans (28 oz) diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (15 oz) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Add olive oil to a large cooking pot and place over medium-low heat
  • Add in onions, garlic, and red pepper and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently
  • Add ground turkey or chicken and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently
  • Combine chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper into a small bowl then pour into pot and stir
  • Pour two cans of crushed tomatoes and kidney beans into pot, stirring frequently
  • Bring to boil then simmer for 30 minutes with cover on until chili thickens
  • Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary
  • Garnish with cheese, tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream, or fresh jalapeños and serve with your choice of sides.
  • For the spicy lovers: If you want to add some heat to this recipe, you can increase the amount of cayenne powder, choose a spicier chili powder, or top it off with some fresh jalapeños.

    Nutritional Facts

    Per serving: 322 calories, 3.4g fat, 46.4g carbohydrates, 31.8g protein, 17g fiber

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