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Turkey Chili

Warm up this winter with a savory bowl of this ridiculously delicious (and healthy) chili that will have your kids asking for more.
Course Recipes
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings (about one and one third cup servings)
Calories 215kcal
Author Kristi



  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 onions Yellow onion, diced (about two cups).
  • 4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced (about one tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 15oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 15oz can Great Northern beans white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken stock or broth to make this vegan, use vegetable stock
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey Cooked. Or about 3 cups cooked turkey, chopped. (To make this vegan, use a meat substitute or leave the meat out)
  • cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime juiced (2 tablespoons)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 avocado sliced and cut into pieces (optional for topping)
  • 1 tomato cut into pieces (optional for topping)


  • Heat oil in large pot over medium or medium-high heat*
  • Add onion and sauté until tender.
  • Add chili powder, garlic, and cumin. Saute for another 2 minutes.
  • Add oregano and beans. Stir into mixture.
  • Add broth and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.
  • Using a measuring cup or ladle, place two cups of bean mixture in a blender or food processor.* Blend until smooth.
  • Return bean mixture to pan.
  • Add cooked ground turkey (or chopped cooked turkey) and cook until heated through. About 5 minutes.
  • Add chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir well. Top with fresh avocado and/or tomato pieces (optional). Enjoy!


*Alternately, instead of using a blender or food processer, you can put the two cups of bean mixture in a separate bowl and use an immersion blender to puree.
Refer to the manufacturers instructions for heat settings. Some brands (like Green Pan and Le Creuset) suggest not using medium-high heat setting with their pots and pans unless you are boiling water.
The bean mixture should reach a pureed consistency
This is a fantastic way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 685mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 711IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg