Easy Turkey Chili

Easy Turkey Chili
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This may be the world's easiest one-pot chili, and like any good chili, it's very versatile. You can eat it on it's own, serve it atop a baked sweet potato, or spread some across whole grain tortilla chips with a sprinkle of cheese, shredded lettuce, and guacamole for a healthy take on nachos. If you want to bulk up the recipe and pack in fiber, add some cooked beans or a cooked grain (brown rice, quinoa, or whatever you might have in the pantry all work great). And feel free to experiment with hot sauce, additional spices, or chopped peppers to make it your own!

  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    25 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 1/4 cup
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 1/4 cup
  • Amount per serving Calories 220

  • Total Fat 9g
    • Saturated Fat 2.6g
    • Trans Fat 0.1g
  • Cholesterol 85mg
  • Sodium 440mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 10g
    • Dietary Fiber 3g
    • Total Sugars 5g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 23g
  • Potassium 610mg
  • Phosphorus 260mg

Choices/Exchanges: 2 Nonstarchy vegetable, 3 Lean protein, 1 Fat



  • cumin
    1 tsp
  • chili powder
    1 tbsp
  • yellow onion (peeled and diced)
    1 small
  • no-salt-added diced tomatoes
    1 14.5-ounce can
  • bell pepper, any color (diced)
  • lean ground turkey
    1 lbs
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • salt
    1/2 tsp
  • ground black pepper
    1/2 tsp


  1. Add cooking spray to a stock pot over high heat. Add the turkey and sauté until just cooked through, about 7-8 minutes.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.

  3. Serve hot or cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or package in freezer bags in one cup increments for up to 3 months.

  • Recommended

    Super easy. Modified it by adding a can of Fire roasted rotel, black beans and extra chili powder and added Tajin. Served over spaghetti squash and it was delicious.

  • Recommended

    This was super easy and adaptable. I added a can to fire roasted tomatoes and green chiles, upped the seasoning by doubling the chili powder and added Tajin. Also added.a cup of black beans. Served it over spaghetti squash and it was delicious. Definitely will make again and further play with the spices.

  • Recommended

    This was easy! The other reviews said it didn’t have enough liquid so I added about 1/2 cup of chicken broth, I also added great northern beans.

  • Recommended

    This was an amazing chili and so good it may be the go to chili for our family from now on. Great flavor! Followed the recipe exact????

  • Not recommended

    This recipe is pretty abysmal and bland the way it is. It does not include nearly enough fluids. I ended up completely reworking it. I added a can of pumpkin, 1 cup of cooked lentils with the water, canned crushed tomatoes, diced carrots, diced celery, and garlic. This adds more protein, fiber, fluids, and is far more satisfying.

  • Recommended

    For someone who doesn't cook, this was easy and delicious...I did make some changes though and here they are: After reading how dry it came out and not chili like at all...when I cooked the turkey I added 1/3 cup of water. Then I added two small cans of V8 juice for the nutrients and it was perfect! I also added a teaspoon of minced garlic for more flavor as turkey can be a boring meat to eat. It was fantastic! Now I love to eat those little goldfish in my chili when my wife makes it. However, being a diabetic I am trying to cut down on my carb intake....so, I had one serving of reduced fat Cheez-its with the chili and it made a delicious meal. I also have 3 one and a half cup servings left over which I will freeze and eat as a small meal throughout the day at work!