Light & Easy Turkey Chili


A couple times a year at our house we focus on clean eating for a whole month, usually right before summer begins and then again in early fall, before the holidays hit.  I really believe in living life in moderation, in all aspects, as much as possible. This light & easy Turkey Chili is the perfect meal to whip up when you’re looking to prepare a quick healthy meal.  It’s so flavorful, you’ll never notice it’s missing beef and/or sausage.  The ground turkey seems to absorb all of the chili flavors, so it ends up tasting like a delicious bowl of chili and not necessarily like turkey at all. Clean eating is cooking with fresh, organic ingredients, eliminating all processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, sugar, dairy and soy.  I find that doing this a few times a year is like a reset button for my body and I end up feeling great.  Of course I also end up feeling like I’m really ready for a glass of wine!

This Turkey Chili can be considered a clean eating meal, as long as you leave off the additional toppings of cheese and sour cream.  You could also add diced avocado on top if you want something a little creamy. I think it’s just as good with a squeeze of lime and some fresh chopped cilantro.  If you know how to cook healthy meals that taste great, it doesn’t really feel like you’re missing out on anything at all…except maybe that glass of wine.  Our kids like to garnish with corn chips and sour cream, but who wouldn’t, right?  Another great thing about this meal is that you’ll have plenty of leftovers.  You can warm them up the next day, which in my opinion is even better than night one.  Or, you can cool it down in individual containers and freeze it for a night when you need something quick to heat up and serve.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of beef chili but I think you’ll be surprised with how tasty this turkey chili is, I hope you enjoy!

Light & Easy Turkey Chili

This light and healthy Turkey Chili is easy and quick to prepare, with so much flavor, you'll never be asking "Where's the Beef?"
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 3 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 Yellow Onion diced
  • 5 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Oregano dried
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • 6 oz. Tomato Paste
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo coarsley chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Sauce from Chipotle Peppers in Adobo
  • 2 Lbs. Ground Turkey
  • 6 Cups Chicken Broth organic
  • 1 28 oz. Whole Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes and juices
  • 2 15 oz. Cans Kidney Beans rinsed and strained
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Sliced scallions, Cilantro, Avocado, Shredded Cheddar, Sour Cream, Lime, Corn Chips optional garnishes


  • Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat, add EVOO. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes until translucent. Add chopped garlic, chili powder, oregano, bay leaf, cumin and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine and cook for another 5 minutes to toast the spices until you can smell the fragrance.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, chipotle peppers and sauce. Scoot the mixture to the sides of the dutch oven and add the turkey meat into the center. Cook until all the raw color is gone, breaking it up with a wooden spoon and combining with the onion chili mixture. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add in the chicken broth and whole tomatoes and their juices, breaking them up with your hands as you add them. It's a messy job but someone's got to do it! Add the kidney beans, drained and rinsed. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook, uncovered until reduced and slightly thickened, about 1-1/2 hours. Serve with optional garnishes of sliced scallions, cilantro, avocado, sour cream, shredded cheddar, lime or corn chips.


Makes perfect leftovers for tomorrow's lunch to beat the sandwich boredom.  Easy to freeze and put away until you need a quick heat and serve meal.
Keyword Aly's Elegant Eats, Light & Easy Turkey Chili, turkey chili

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