Turkey Chili

My favorite chili recipe by far is my short rib chili, but we like all kinds of chili and we are trying to reduce our red meat a bit more lately for a few reasons, so I made this healthy turkey chili instead.

What I like about this recipe is that it has lot of veggies and plenty of spices for great chili flavor. I put in both a red bell pepper and green bell pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and corn as well as kidney beans. The chili is flavored with onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, ancho chili powder, chipotle chili powder, smoked paprika, oregano, and hot sauce. It cooks up pretty quickly, and it stores super well in the fridge or freezer.

As for toppings, I love some fresh chopped onion and cilantro on my chili along with extra hot sauce. You can also add shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, lime juice, tortilla chips, or anything else you like. I made a batch of this chili in about 30 minutes and it will make a quite a few lunches for us.

Turkey Chili

healthy chili with turkey and lots of vegetables
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1 package frozen corn
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • Few dashes of your favorite hot sauce I used texas pete this time
  • water if needed
  • onion, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, chips, avocado optional toppings


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium and add the onion, garlic, and peppers. Cook for a few minutes with a sprinkle of salt. Add the turkey breast, all the spices, a bit more salt and pepper and cook, breaking apart the turkey for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the spices in along with the fresh and canned tomatoes, corn and beans. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes. Add hot sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If not using hot sauce, add a tsp or two of vinegar instead.
  • Serve with whatever toppings you like.
Keyword Lunch, Main Dish

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