This turkey chili is so delicious and easy to make! This chili recipe substitutes ground turkey for ground meat, but tastes just like a normal chili!
In order to start this recipe off – you need 3 onions and 1 bell pepper. I used to chop all that by hand, but I now have my wonderful NINJA blender/food processor. I use it for smoothies and also to chop my veggies. My NINJA just saves me about 15 minutes of chopping time. (Note: Any food processor actually does this – I just have a NINJA). You do have to slice the onions and peppers into four sections if you are using a food processor so the blades will be able to cut them.
I let mine blend for about 10-15 seconds. You can let it blend until it is to the consistency you like. I like mine to be chopped really tiny. You can also hand chop your vegetables, if you like.
Once you have your desired consistency of chopped veggies done, you just need to add it to a pot with 1 Tbsp olive oil. You need to saute the vegetables until they are brown.
There is a certain way to brown onions. Browning onions isn’t so time consuming though. It should only take 10 minutes of your time for this dish. Since chili is a brown sauce, I wanted my onions a light brown. I also have a gas stove, which increases cooking time. You just have to learn your stove and how quickly it cooks.
This is what a container of ground turkey looks like for those of you that have never seen it before! This is the brand that our local Rouses carries.
Once your onions are slightly brown, add in the ground turkey.
So you just have to cook the ground turkey with your chopped onions and bell pepper. Maybe another 10 minutes. Like I’ve said, you have to learn your stove.
Let’s add in the sauce! For the sauce you need 1 small can of tomato sauce, 1 can of red kidney beans (this may be one of the only cans that I am particular about buying – I use Trappey’s red kidney beans), and 1 can of petite diced tomatoes. Add all of these in to your pot.
While that is all cooking together on a simmer on a medium-high heat, we need to make the chili powder. Now here is where I’ll give you two options: you can either make the chili powder yourself OR buy the pre-made packets. I always have the spices on hand to make it from scratch, so that is what I typically do. For those of you that do not have the spices on hand, you can use a packet.
For the spices you need 2 tsp cumin, 1 Tbsp and 1 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp chipolte chili powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp parsley, 1 1/2 tsp paprika, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp season-all.
You need to mix all of your spices together until well blended. Once you have it blended together, add the spices to your chili. Stir. Let simmer another 20-30 minutes on medium heat.
Pour into a bowl and enjoy! You can also add low-fat, shredded cheese on top. You can add lettuce, tomatoes, and whatever other toppings to this to make it what you want.
- 1 – 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 – 15 oz can of petite diced tomatoes
- 1 – 15 oz can of red kidney beans
- 3 onions
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
For the chili powder:
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 Tbsp & 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp Season-all
- Chop onions and bell pepper. Add to pot with olive oil. Brown onions (about 10 minutes).
- Add in ground turkey. Cook until brown (about 5-10 minutes).
- Add the petite diced tomatoes, the can of tomato sauce, and the red kidney beans. Let this simmer on medium-high heat while you make the chili powder. (Note: If you use the pre-packaged chili powder, then you can add it right away. You don’t have to let the chili simmer for any amount of time.)
- Mix all the chili powder ingredients together. Add to the chili.
- Let the chili simmer on medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for around 20-30 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy! Add any toppings that you like!