Ground Turkey Chili

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5 from 5 votes
Easy ground turkey chili will warm you up on a cold, winter day.  It warms you up from the inside out.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Turkey Chili Recipe – This is one of the best chili recipes I’ve ever had

Easy ground turkey chili recipe will warm you up on a cold, winter day.  It warms you up from the inside out.

A cup of Ground Turkey Chili in a white mug with a spoon and a stripped napkin.

This ground turkey chili is like a warm hug. It has all the warm spices, and it is hearty and delicious, plus it is healthy. This meal comes together really quick and easily. It is a great dupe for panera turkey chili.

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What We Love About This Turkey Chilli con Carne Recipe

If you are looking for a dinner with tons of flavor and so easy, this recipe is the one for you. Turkey offers some great health benefits to your diet.

  • 35 Minute Meal: Comes together in just over a half an hour.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge..
  • Family Friendly: It has such an amazing flavor, everyone will enjoy this chili.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb or dairy free, etc…
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Can use over nachos, tacos or salads.
Side view of the Chili.

Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Turkey: Two pounds of ground turkey, a great lean protein.
  • Onion: 1 onion diced.
  • Bell Pepper
  • House Seasoning Blend: Click on the link for the recipe.
  • Olive Oil: One tablespoon.
  • Garlic Cloves: three minced.
  • Ro-Tel: A can of tomatoes and diced chilis.
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Kidney Beans: Black beans or other beans can be used.
  • Taco Seasoning: Two tablespoons.
  • Oregano
  • Chili Powder: A teaspoon to add an extra kick.
  • Sugar: Just a little sweet to counter the heat, brown sugar can work as well.

Equipment Needed for Ground Turkey Chili Recipe

How to Make Healthy Turkey Chili

These are the basic steps for making turkey chili recipe. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

STEP 1: HEAT

First, heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium high heat and then add turkey, onion and bell pepper and 1 teaspoon of House Seasoning; cook until turkey is cooked through and onions and peppers are softened.

STEP 2: DRAIN

Then add garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant and then drain off any excess fat.Add Ro-Tel, crushed tomatoes and kidney beans; stir to combine.

STEP 3: SEASON

Next, add taco seasoning, oregano, chili powder, sugar and remaining House Seasoning; stir to combine.

STEP 4: Cook

Finally, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Prep all the vegetables and place in airtight containers or zip top bags and refrigerate until ready to cook.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

This recipe is great for meal prep, keep in freezer in an airtight container for up to six months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat on the stove top on medium-high in a pot or microwave in a bowl and tip with your favorite toppings..

Frequently Asked Questions Ground Turkey Chili

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

This recipe is already pretty healthy, full of protein and fiber, however you can also add some healthy vegetables such as butternut squash

CAN I SUBSTITUTE GROUND CHICKEN?

Indeed, ground chicken is a great swap for the turkey.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, use however make extra and freeze for a wonderful make ahead meal.

DO YOU HAVE TO DRAIN AND RINSE YOUR BEANS?

Yes, for this recipe, drain and rinse your beans before adding to this recipe.

Close up of the turkey soup in a mug.

Expert Tips for Making This Ground Turkey Chili Recipe

  • Toppings: Add your favorite chili toppings, for example, sour cream, greek yogurt, avocado, cilantro, shredded cheese like cheddar cheese, green onions and veggies and tortilla chips
  • Beans: Change up the kidney beans with black beans to make a black bean chili.
  • Instant Pot Turkey Chili: Heat oil in the pressure cooker on saute and brown your ground turkey and then add the rest of the ingredients and manual cook on high.
  • Additional Ingredient: Hot sauces, cumin or red pepper flakes can be added to up your heat level in this ground turkey chili recipe.

What to Serve with Ground Turkey Chili

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Turkey Chili Recipe – This is one of the best chili recipes I’ve ever had
5 from 5 votes

Ground Turkey Chili

Yield: 5 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Easy ground turkey chili will warm you up on a cold, winter day.  It warms you up from the inside out.
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon house seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 oz Ro-Tel tomatoes and diced chilis, 1 can
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes, 1 can
  • 16 oz kidney beans, 1 can
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons house seasoning

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium high heat.
  • Add turkey, onion and bell pepper and 1 teaspoon of House Seasoning; cook until turkey is cooked through and onions and peppers are softened.
  • Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Drain off any excess fat.
  • Add Ro-Tel, crushed tomatoes and kidney beans; stir to combine.
  • Add taco seasoning, oregano, chili powder, sugar and remaining House Seasoning; stir to combine.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes.

Expert Tips

 
  • Toppings: Add your favorite chili toppings, for example, sour cream, greek yogurt, avocado, cilantro, shredded cheese like cheddar cheese, green onions and veggies and tortilla chips
  • Beans: Change up the kidney beans with black beans to make a black bean chili.
  • Instant Pot Turkey Chili: Heat oil in the pressure cooker on saute and brown your ground turkey and then add the rest of the ingredients and manual cook on high.
  • Additional Ingredient: Hot sauces, cumin or red pepper flakes can be added to up your heat level.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 1610mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1465IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 8mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: 30 minute meal

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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3 thoughts on “Ground Turkey Chili”

  1. 5 stars
    I love chili and meals that warm me up. I can’t resist them even during the summer, lol. Thank you for this great recipe!

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