Healthy Turkey Chili

Who’s to say that chili is a dish that can only be eaten when the weather gets chilly and football season comes around? Maybe the recent lack of sports is making me miss times like this even more, but there is never not a good time to make my healthy turkey chili. Not only are all the ingredients fresh and healthy, but this is an easy recipe that can be made either on the stove if you have time, or thrown into a crock pot to cook all day.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Chopped Yellow Onion
  • 3 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Medium Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Pound Extra Lean Ground Turkey (or chicken)
  • 4 Tablespoons Chili Powder (I used McCormick chili powder)
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1 (28 ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes or Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 (15 oz) Cans Dark Red Kidney Beans (rinsed and drained)
  • For topping: cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream

And Here’s What You’ll Do:

  1. Place oil in a large pot and place over medium high heat. 
  2. Add in onion, garlic, and red pepper; saute for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add in ground turkey and break up the meat; cooking until no longer pink. 
  4. Next add in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper and salt; stir for about 20 seconds.
  5. Add in tomatoes, chicken broth, and kidney beans. 
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until chili thickens and flavors come together. Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary.
  7. Garnish with toppings of your choice!

*** If you want to make this recipe in a Crock Pot, reduce the chicken broth to 1/2 cup and brown the turkey and onions before adding to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.

What are some of your favorite quick and healthy recipes to throw in the crockpot? I can guarantee this will not be the last crockpot meal that you see come across this blog, so keep an eye out.   


– LW

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