This super easy healthy ground turkey chili recipe is a staple easy weeknight meal at our house. Slightly different from soup, this chili is hearty packed full of tomato, beans, and veggies in every spoonful. This is a super quick ground turkey chili recipe that is fast to make, lean and delicious especially for a cold night. This award-winning turkey chili recipe that has won several family cookoffs, is kid-friendly and is definitely a family favorite dinner recipe.
A Ground Turkey Chili Recipe The Family Will Love
I’ve been cooking healthy ground turkey chili for so long, I really don’t measure the spices anymore. It’s become one of those delicious weeknight meals that you can simply throw your ingredients in the pot, cook it for a short time and have dinner on the table. Sure some chilis cook low and slow for a long time, but chili can be quick too and still tastes equally delicious.
I think I’ve made this recipe at least five billion times, and it’s very adaptable to what you happen to have on hand. This recipe is filling, and also great for lunchboxes the next day. Simply heat up a thermos and fill it full of warm chili. Perfect for cold days when you just want to warm up a bit.
I like to serve this with cheese or sometimes avocado on top. If we don’t happen to have either, we will at the chili as is for dinner also, no biggie.
Need a great side? Try the mini cornbread muffins!
My Turkey Chili turned out too spicy for me, what can I do?
My favorite trick when any soup, chili or sauce is too spicy is to throw in a small potato or two and let it cook until soft. Not only does this make the chili less spicy fast, but you also then have a delicious potato to have as a side or the next day that isn’t spicy either. The potato always seems to soak up just enough of the heat.
This Turkey Chili is not spicy enough for me, but the kids love it. How do I make spicy turkey chili and still please everyone?
Throw in a pinch of red pepper flakes into your bowl of ground turkey chili for an extra kick without making the whole pot spicy. My kid is a picky eater and my husband has a bit of acid reflux, so my bowl is always a bit spicier then I make for them.
What veggies go in chili?
I add celery, onion and kidney beans to my healthy turkey chili but you can definitely bulk up with more veggies. Black beans, white kidney beans, bell pepper, and corn are a few other veggies you can add to chili and it is still delicious. I’ve also added diced zucchini and shredded carrots to bulk up on veggies, though it’s less traditional for chili and becomes a bit more like soup.
I don’t have some of these spices, can I still make this turkey chili?
You can substitute a few tablespoons of taco seasoning for most of the spices in this recipe and it still comes out delicious. I’ve done this in a pinch with Trader Joe’s taco seasoning plus then added a little chili powder, and dinner still works. It’s a shortcut and isnt’ quite the same, but it will work. 🙂
Can I put vinegar in chili, I heard that’s a thing?
Yes, you can put a tablespoon of vinegar in chili to give it a zing. I prefer balsamic and I recommend only adding a teaspoon or two at a time in the end. Add a little at a time and taste as you go to make sure it is enough. Sometimes I’ll add a teaspoon or two of lime juice at the end to give it a zing.
Can I make this healthy turkey chili without beans?
Sure, but if you are leaving out the beans on this recipe I would add something in its place, like more ground turkey, more sauteed onion and celery. I would also start with only one cup of the chicken broth to make sure it wasn’t too liquidy.
Try making this Quick Roasted Chicken Apple Sausage and Veggies for another fast meal without beans.
What can I do with leftover Turkey Chili?
Leftover healthy turkey chili easily transforms into other dishes. Throw turkey chili over some salad with some chopped bell pepper, avocado and a little shredded cheese for a taco salad. Add turkey chili to baked potatoes and add other toppings for a build your own potato bar. Add chili to flour tortillas to make chili burritos. Sometimes the leftovers are the best part!
Can I freeze leftover Turkey Chili?
Leftover turkey chili freezes really easily, just put in a freezer proof container. When you’re ready to reheat, simply run the container under a little hot water to release and add to the pan. You can portion turkey chili in muffin tins, then pop them out and save in the freezer for easy single serve portions. Two to three muffin tins of chili make a quick bowl of turkey chili and one or two works over a salad or potato!
Healthy Ground Turkey Chili
This easy and healthy ground turkey chili recipe a family favorite. Packed with beans, veggies and tomato in every spoon, it's a delicious quick dinner.
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- .25 Cup Water
- 3 ribs Celery Diced
- 1 medium Sweet Onion Diced
- 1 Pound Ground Turkey
- 2 teaspoons Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Chill Powder
- 1 tablespoon Oregano
- 2 tablespoons Parsley
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 teaspoon Salt I start with a teaspoon and taste, adding more if necessary
- 1 teaspoon Ground Pepper I start with a teaspoon and taste, adding more if necessary
- 4 Cups Tomatoes Diced including any juices, Also equal to 2 cans that are 14.5 ounces each
- 5 1/4 Cups Kidney Beans Also equal 3 cans that are 16 ounces each
- 2 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
Dice sweet onion and celery. Heat up a large pot on medium high heat with olive oil, then add celery and onion. Sautee for 1-3 minutes, then add water and cook another 2-3 minutes until vegetables are soft.
Add ground turkey and all spices. Break up turkey with a wooden spatula as it cooks in the pot. Continue sauteeing 5-7 minutes or until turkey is cooked through all the way and has no pink.
Add tomatoes, broth and beans. Bring pot to a boil on high, then cover and turn down the heat to medium.
Allow the pot to cook for 20-30 minutes or until everything is bubbly, hot and delicious. Remove the bay leaf before serving, and enjoy!
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