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This simple and tasty Turkey Chili is packed with classic chili seasonings and three different kinds of beans. It’s a deliciously hearty and healthy chili recipe- and we promise that no one will miss the beef!

Healthy turkey chili in a small serving bowl topped with chopped avocado and shredded cheese.

Healthy & Flavorful Turkey Chili Recipe

I think chili is a quintessential fall food. It’s warm, filling, flavorful and brings to mind images of football games, neighborhood cook-offs or Halloween dinners. We make it a lot, and have tried dozens of versions over the years. I knew it was time to revisit my turkey chili recipe and give it an upgrade.

I wanted it to be rich and flavorful, like a good classic chili… but with all the benefits of lean ground turkey. After a little trial and error, I finally found the perfect turkey chili recipe. It’s satisfyingly delicious, especially when we piled each bowl high with diced avocado and shredded cheese.

A close up image of homemade chili topped with avocado and cheese with a gold spoon.

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make this Turkey Chili:

  • Ground Turkey
  • Onion
  • Black Beans (make your own in the Instant Pot!)
  • Kidney Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Minced Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Chicken Broth
  • Chili Powder, Cumin, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder & Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper
Ingredients needed to make homemade turkey chili.

How to Make Healthy Turkey Chili:

  1. Cook onions and turkey. In a large pot over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic until translucent and tender. Then, add the ground turkey and cook, breaking up as you stir, until browned and mostly cooked through.
  2. Add chili seasonings. Add the seasonings and continue cooking for a minute or two to intensify and combine the flavors.
  3. Add the rest of the chili ingredients. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth and beans. Next, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until your chili reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Serve. Top your chili with sliced jalapeno, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, shredded cheese, and sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips or a big slice of cornbread.
Process shots showing how to make turkey chili.

Tips & Suggestions

What is the secret to really good chili?

The secret to a good chili is the right combination of spices, and cooking it long enough to develop the flavor and give it a nice thick consistency. Adding a splash of acid at the end (vinegar or lemon juice) brightens up the flavor and is really delicious too. And I can’t emphasize enough the importance of offering lots of good toppings!! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Shredded Cheese (Cheddar Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese, Queso Fresco)
  • Sliced Jalapenos
  • Diced Avocado
  • Sliced Green Onions
  • Sliced Radishes
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • Crumbled Corn Chips
  • Diced Tomatoes

What should I serve with turkey chili?

I like to serve chili with my favorite cornbread, crescent rolls, sweet potato biscuits, or sometimes even these mini cinnamon rolls!

A blue and white ceramic bowl filled with turkey chili and topped with cilantro and avocado.
Two bowls of turkey chili with a white linen and half an avocado in the background.

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Healthy Turkey Chili

This simple and tasty Turkey Chili is packed with classic chili seasonings and three different kinds of beans. It's a deliciously hearty and healthy chili recipe- and we promise that no one will miss the beef!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 268kcal



  • In a large pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add diced onions and saute until they begin to soften and turn translucent. Add garlic and saute another 1-2 minutes, being careful not to let it burn.
  • Add ground turkey to the pot breaking it up with a meat chopper or spatula. Saute until the turkey is mostly cooked through. Add the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes to let the flavors combine.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, all the beans, and chicken broth. Stir everything together and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid not covering the pot entirely, and simmer for 30 minutes or longer depending on how thick you like your chili, stirring occasionally
  • Serve warm with your favorite chili toppings like sour cream or Greek yogurt, grated cheese, crumbled queso fresco, green onions, corn chips, chopped cilantro, chopped avocado, and jalapeno rings. Enjoy!


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days, or in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. This freezes great!
  • When you are ready to reheat, place frozen chili in the fridge for 24 hours and then add to a pot on the stove. If the chili is too thick, add water or chicken broth to reach your desired consistency.


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 1217mg | Potassium: 1037mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1016IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 5mg
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Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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