Turkey Chili

Easy Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

It’s quick, easy, and super healthy with lean protein, antioxidant rich peppers, and fiber from the beans. Using white meat turkey makes the leanest chili and the multi-colored peppers make it the healthiest. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Turkey Chili


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast (dark meat works too)
  • 15-ounce can red kidney beans, lightly drained
  • 1 1/2 cups diced peppers (red, yellow & green)
  • 1/3 cup diced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock (homemade or Swanson’s unsalted)
  • 1 cup canned tomato puree or strained (I like Pomi strained tomatoes)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (use less if using salted stock) + pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)


  1. Heat oil over med-high heat and sauté onion and garlic for 2 minutes.
  2. Add turkey & cook 2-3 minutes, stirring to break it up, until it’s no longer pink.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  4. (For a thicker chili, whisk 2 teaspoons of flour into 1/4 cup of stock or water and add to the chili. Cook another 5 minutes.)

Note: I sometimes add a 2nd can of beans (pinto) and 1/2 cup more liquid for variety (and more servings).

13 Comments on "Easy Turkey Chili"

  1. Claudia

    Made this last night, what a delicious success. And by “success” I mean flavor. So easy, healthy!!, yet fully dimensional flavor profile. Nom, nom, nom. Thanks so much for this, Jenny. You give me life!!

  2. Gloria

    I made the easy turkey chili tonight. A double batch for 9 of us, so delicious!
    Even my grandson who said “I don’t like food cooked in a pot” ate his.
    Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  3. Sharral

    Still looking for you to do a video on making poppyseed kolaches.

  4. Pat O

    How do I determine the Nutrition Facts?

  5. Cnthea

    What can I substitute for the jalapeño pepper that won’t be so hot? Thanks.

    • Jenny

      Anaheim peppers, also called long peppers, are very mild.

  6. reba

    Jenny, I just came across your u-tube video and am going to try several of your healthy recipes. Thank you!

  7. Janie Stege

    Hi Jenni
    Thank you for your vidoes, much obliged. The men in my home enjoy a hot chili meal on a cold winter’s night, with warm cornbread muffins.
    Love chili recipe, can you add celery and black eyed beans to recipe?

    • Jenny

      Chili is always a flexible recipe for adding ingredients but keep an eye in case you need a little more liquid.

  8. Helios

    Hey Jenny love your recipes. Quick question do I drain the juice off of the turkey once its browned, or do I leave it?

    • Jenny

      If you are using ground white turkey breast there should not be any juice or fat to drain off. But if you’re using dark meat or a combination of white and dark, you don’t have to drain it off because the juices will adds flavor but if the liquid has a lot of fat and you’re looking to eat less calories, I would drain it off.

  9. Maria Yumang

    what do u mean by the ingredient Pomi strained tomatoes?

    • Jenny

      Pomi is a brand of tomatoes that comes in a box and are popular here in the U.S. ( You can use any canned, strained, tomatoes. In fact, I have made this chili with tomato sauce, canned diced tomatoes, and tomato puree. Chili is a very flexible dish so almost any tomato product can be used. I just prefer the thick, strained tomatoes. I appreciate your question because I will now clarify this ingredient for my international visitors.

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