Turkey Chili


Chili is one of those things I make at least once or twice a month, especially during the colder months. I love that it’s packed with flavor, it’s easy to throw together and everyone in my family loves it. It’s probably one of the first things I ever learned how to cook because my mom made it all the time. It’s just one of those family friendly dinners that everyone can agree on.

Turkey Chili | Cooking Classy

This time around I decided to lighten things up and went with ground turkey instead of ground beef and we could hardly tell the difference between the two. Who doesn’t love when you can lighten things up without losing flavor? It’s still delicious comfort food and you’ll be wanting to make it all the time during the fall and winter seasons! It’s full of veggies (/fruit if you want to get technical with the tomatoes) and it’s packed with protein thanks to the turkey and a generous amount of kidney beans. It’s a hearty, delicious, guilt free-chili. This is my kind of dinner!

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Turkey Chili

5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 5 servings


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper , choppped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow onion , chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 20 oz 93% lean ground turkey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth , then another 1/2 cup if desired
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans red kidney beans (I used 1 can light 1 can dark), drained and rinsed

For serving:

  • Low-fat cheddar cheese , light sour cream, chopped green onions, cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot set over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion and saute 3 minutes then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Pour mixture onto a plate. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in pot over medium-high heat. Add turkey, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up turkey until cooked through. Drain off rendered fat. Return veggies to pan with turkey, then add tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, chili powder, ancho chili powder, cumin, paprika and coriander and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and simmer stirring occasionally 20 minutes. Stir in kidney beans and more chicken broth to thin if desired and heat through, about 2 minutes. Serve warm with desired toppings.
  2. Recipe source: Cooking Classy


  • Bella B: YUM! I am looking forward to more comfort food like this in the fall. August 17, 2015 at 11:29pm Reply

  • Tori@Gringalicious.com: This looks like the perfect cozy meal for the coming cold weather. Yum! August 18, 2015 at 5:15am Reply

  • Heather: This looks great…definitely will be making this! Could it be done in a slow cooker you think?

    Heather August 18, 2015 at 1:17pm Reply

    • Danna: I am making this tonight for dinner. I am doing it in a slow cooker, will let you know how it turns out. July 30, 2017 at 11:09am Reply

  • Krystle: This post has me wanting fall! I’ll take mine with extra cheese and sour cream on top please! :) August 18, 2015 at 9:56pm Reply

  • Shawn @ I Wash You Dry: Chili is one our faves during the winter too. Love that this is guilt free! August 20, 2015 at 1:07pm Reply

  • Kera: This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Does this freeze and reheat well? November 12, 2015 at 12:33pm Reply

  • Molly: I love this chili recipe and you should totally enter this chili contest! I think you have a good chance at winning!
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  • brenda: Looks good February 1, 2016 at 7:19pm Reply

  • Susan: any recommendations on how to make this so it doesn’t aggravate acid reflux? Any nutritional information for this recipe? February 25, 2016 at 3:46pm Reply

  • Shameika: I don’t have chicken broth on hand. Can I used beef broth instead? April 7, 2016 at 1:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that would be fine for this recipe. I hope you love it! April 7, 2016 at 9:04pm Reply

  • carly: Is it okay to just use regular chili powder instead of the ancho chili powder? I’ve looked in two grocery stores and I can’t find it. May 4, 2016 at 8:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you can just use more regular chili powder. I hope you love this recipe! May 4, 2016 at 1:50pm Reply

  • Lindy: This was by far one of the best chili recipes I have ever made! I am making it again for the second time. Everyone in my family loves it. Thank you! December 10, 2016 at 5:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad it was enjoyed Lindy – Thanks for the comment! December 13, 2016 at 2:40pm Reply

  • Shana: This was so yummy! Just finished eating a bowl! Fabulous recipe! June 23, 2017 at 8:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Shana! June 28, 2017 at 12:19pm Reply

  • Gloria: Made this tonight and I love it!! This is def something I would make again! September 30, 2017 at 9:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked the Turkey Chili Gloria! October 2, 2017 at 11:57am Reply

  • Jayne: I love this recipe! It’s a keeper. November 23, 2017 at 6:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jayne! November 27, 2017 at 12:26pm Reply

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