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Healthy one pot turkey chili

This healthy and easy one pot turkey chili is packed with lean protein and delicious flavors, all combined in one warming stew.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chili, kidney beans, peppers, tomato, turkey
Servings: 4
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap


  • 500 g ground turkey (1 lbs)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 can kidney beans (400 g / 14 oz)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (400 g / 14 oz)
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt, pepper


  • Heat some vegetable oil, butter or cooking spray in a large pot.
  • Add finely diced onion, garlic and chili, and saute for a few minutes.
  • When the onions soften and start looking translucent, add the ground turkey. Cook while stirring until the meat has cooked through, 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the cumin and paprika to the ground turkey, and allow it to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Then, add drained and rinsed kidney beans, tomato passata, diced tomatoes, and a diced red pepper.
  • Leave the chili to cook for 10-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer you cook it, the more flavor it will develop. Yum!


  • Got Thanksgiving leftovers? Try substitute leftover shredded turkey for the ground turkey.
  • This recipe makes a mild chili. If you want more spice, add 1-2 teaspoon chili powder along with the other spices.
  • This chili is ready to eat after about 25 minutes. However, I recommend leaving it to cook for 20-30 minutes extra for the flavors to really develop.
Is this dish allergy friendly? – Yes! This one pot turkey chili is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free and nut free.
Can I add or remove any ingredients? – Absolutely. Omit any ingredients you don’t like, or add any want to include.
Can I make this vegetarian? – Yes. Substitute the ground turkey with quinoa for a hearty vegetarian chili.


Leftover turkey chili can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. This recipe is also perfect for freezing, and can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Reheat the leftovers in the microwave or on the stove top until hot before serving.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 728mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1280IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg