The Best Turkey Chili You’ll Ever Taste
The Best Turkey Chili You’ll Ever Taste
The Best Turkey Chili You’ll Ever Taste

The BEST Turkey Chili recipe full of fresh veggies, lean turkey and tons of delicious flavor! Perfect for tailgates, meal prep and weekly dinners!

Note: This post first appeared on September 16, 2013.  It has been updated with bright new photos, but it’s still the same delicious EASY recipe!

I shared this recipe over 4 years ago, but....

"What are the exact four years,"

one might ask?

"Is it pertinent to the underlying essence of the recipe?"

"Perhaps not,"

you might opine, yet it casts a curious and contemplative spell.

Nevertheless, there is a reason it is still one of the most popular recipes on my blog and the highest rated! This recipe has always been a weekly staple in our home, especially in the fall, but it really comes in handy and is a MUST when meal planning and prepping during the week. Not only does it make a ton, but this chili is full of veggies, lean turkey and lots of flavor!

I actually make this recipe all the time, not just during the fall, because it’s quick, easy, really really healthy and makes a TON of leftovers for lunches during the week. It’s also my go-to tailgate recipe (that I always double of course) because it feeds SO many people which I must say makes me pretty happy since I’ve never had any complaints. 

It was even featured on ESPN’s pre-game show at last year’s tailgate! I mean it’s certainly no secret that we’re huge football fans so this was a very proud moment for us!

I think what sets this recipe apart from others that I’ve tried is the spicy/sweet combo. If you don’t like a lot of heat feel free to leave out the hot sauce and jalapeños, but I promise it’s nothing you won’t be able to handle! You can always add more veggies to this or even some spicy sausage or bacon, chili is great because you can truly make it your own. Serve with some shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream or even slices of avocado and enjoy!

Just a quick note, if you’re interested in adding this recipe to your meal plan list, here is a great printable that I created to help with my own clean eating journey through my Tone It Up plan. You can view and print that chart HERE. It’s always so helpful for me to create a weekly menu that I can stick to so I don’t fall off track. I save them in a notebook to go back to for inspiration, meal ideas or even just a quick pick-me-up when I feel like I’m struggling. Remember if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

Hope you all enjoy this chili as much as we do! Happy Monday!


Turkey Chili

The BEST Turkey Chili recipe full of fresh veggies, lean turkey and tons of delicious flavor! Perfect for tailgates, meal prep and weekly dinners!


5 from 11 reviews



Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 60 mins

Total Time: 65 mins


2 lbs 99% fat-free ground turkey

1 yellow onion, chopped

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes, no-salt added

1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, no-salt added

3 Tbsp tomato paste

1/2 tsp. hot sauce (I used Texas Pete)

1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, no-salt added, drained and rinsed

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

2 jalapenos, chopped

1 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Pinch of pepper

1 packet Stevia

3 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp. oregano

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

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Drizzle olive oil in a large pot and saute onion and garlic until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until crumbled and brown, draining excess liquid as necessary. 

Add all the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium/low heat for about an hour. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories: 262

Sugar: 4.8 g

Sodium: 1,261.7 mg

Fat: 3.6 g

Saturated Fat: 0.1 g

Carbohydrates: 25.9 g

Fiber: 7.7 g

Protein: 34.6 g

* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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