Turkey Chili

Here is another high protein meal that I like to make on the weekend, then refrigerate for leftovers throughout the week.  I don’t think I ever make it exactly the same way twice, since I’m always tweaking the spices, cooking time, and ingredients.

Below is a basic recipe that you can adjust based on your taste preferences.


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  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • chili powder- 2 teaspoons
  • black pepper- 1/2 teaspoon
  • cumin- 4 tablespoons (I like a lot, maybe I use more??)
  • chili beans- 1 or 2 cans, rinsed
  • diced tomatoes, undrained- 1 can 14 oz
  • tomato paste- 1 can 6 oz
  • chicken broth- 1can 14 oz
  • 2% shredded cheese for topping
  • Heat oil in a large dutch oven or pot on medium heat.  Add onions until translucent. 
  • Add turkey and break into small pieces.  Cook until browned.
  • Stir in garlic and spices.
  • Add beans.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken broth.
  • Then I start tasting and adjusting the spices.  I sometimes add a pinch of cayenne, a little salt, and more cumin and/or chili powder.
  • I cook it for about 45 minutes on a low simmer.  



  1. December 10, 2012 / 3:18 pm

    We always use ground turkey now for cooking, it always makes us feel better to know we're using a leaner meat.

  2. December 10, 2012 / 6:46 pm

    I'm excited to try this! I've been looking for a new chili recipe. Thanks!

  3. December 11, 2012 / 5:21 am

    I've been looking for a good turkey chili recipe. Perfect timing! Thanks!

  4. December 16, 2012 / 9:18 pm

    This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I will definitely (definitely!) try it out soon! x

  5. January 23, 2013 / 2:00 am

    This is a fantastic recipe!! I made it last week with a few substitutions; instead of trying to get all the spices to the right level, I eliminated all of them and just threw in a packet of low-sodium Taco Seasoning and used ground chicken breast instead of ground turkey. Have since passed it onto 2 friends who loved it as well. Thank you!

  6. February 25, 2013 / 5:12 pm

    This is simple and delicious! Do you really use 4 tbsp of cumin? I haven't had the courage to try that much yet! I added in some diced green pepper as I always try to sneak more veggies in… delish!

  7. December 30, 2013 / 11:03 pm

    how many servings does this recipe yield? Please answer asap!

  8. March 28, 2014 / 6:36 pm

    I'm trying to add some healthier recipes into our menu, and we tried this a few nights ago. Everyone loved it more than our regular chili! Just enjoyed more for lunch today. Thanks Megan!

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