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Hearty and Healthy Turkey Chili

By Caroline Jacobson on September 5, 2017 in Healthy Living

healthy turkey chili

Nothing says fall like a good bowl of chili. Subbing turkey for beef isn’t all it takes to make a healthy turkey chili. Some recipes call for commercial seasonings, which shoot sodium levels sky high. So without sacrificing flavor, we’ve perfected a recipe guaranteed to be your new favorite comfort food.

This healthy turkey chili may seem too good to be true. But take it from the recipe taste tester (me)—it’s not.

Hearty & Healthy Turkey Chili
Makes 8 servings


  • 1.5 lbs. extra-lean ground turkey
  • 3 cans (15-oz.) low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15-oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15-oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15-oz.) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15-oz.) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 green chile, diced
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 1 ½ cups diced carrots
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  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • Healthy toppings of choice: Non-fat sour cream, avocado slices, low-fat cheese, etc.

Get cooking!

  1. Prep and cut all of your veggies.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Coat the pot with cooking spray. Cook ground turkey, stirring often, until no longer pink.
  3. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, diced carrots, diced bell peppers, garlic and spices.
  4. Stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover for 6-8 hours, stirring every few hours.
  5. Add your favorite healthy toppings, and enjoy!

Regardless of what season you choose to cook, make it chili in your kitchen! For more comfort food, check out our favorite cauliflower recipes (including pizza, wings and nachos!).