Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

Without a doubt, this healthy turkey chili recipe is perfect for cold, winter days. It’s both simple and hearty, packed with plenty of flavor. Not to mention, it’s even more delicious the next day! This recipe is made with simple ingredients and pantry staples, making it the perfect choice for busy nights, snowy game days, and everything in between.

Healthy Turkey Chili


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 4 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 (28-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 (15 oz) cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can sweet corn, rinsed and drained
  • Toppings of your choice (cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, sour cream, etc.)


Step 1

First, spread oil in a large pot and place over medium high heat. Then, add in your onions, garlic, and red pepper. Sauté the veggies for around 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. 

Step 2

Next, add in the ground turkey and break up the meat with your spatula. Cook the turkey thoroughly until it is no longer pink. Then, add in the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt, and stir for about 30 seconds.

Step 3

Now, add in the tomatoes, chicken broth, corn, and kidney beans. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 40-45 minutes, at which point, the chili should thicken and flavors come together. You’ll also want to take a quick taste and adjust your seasonings and/or salt if necessary as well. 

Step 4

Finally, garnish with anything you’d like. For instance, tortilla strips, sour cream, or green onions. Serve while warm and enjoy!


Believe it or not, the best part about this healthy turkey chili recipe is how well it stores. In fact, you can make a big batch and store in air-tight containers in the freezer for up to 3 months. When it comes time to eat, simply grab a container and put it in the fridge a day or so beforehand to thaw out.

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Jaime Curl

I've explored many different fields within physical therapy, including acute care and oncology at Troy Beaumont Hospital, elementary through high school levels in the Troy School District, and outpatient physical therapy. As the office manager and marketer, I am able to combine my love for health and exercise science with my people skills, all with a dash of marketing and personal training. My hobbies include spending time with friends and family, baking, crafting, and watching my favorite movies or tv shows.

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