Healthy Turkey Chili

This Healthy Turkey Chili is ridiculously delicious and comforting! Whether you spice it up or keep it mild, it is a recipe you will keep coming back to. Great for weeknight family dinner or as a party food!

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We are in the depths of winter. I know this because it's a million degrees below zero outside, I have driven six collective hours through blizzards in the past two days and I was nearly in two car accidents this morning. The positive things about being in the depths of winter: fires in the fireplace, cozy boy snuggles in bed before the day begins and comfort food. I love comfort food so much. Without it, I don't know how I'd survive the winter.

I have a deep love for my go-to chili recipe, so I am always hesitant to try another one. This Turkey Chili was worth making and it is saying A LOT that I will make it again. YUM. Yum. Yum. We love spicy food, so I wasn't shy about adding peppers and cayenne pepper, but this would be just as delicious toned down. The flavor is amazing!

I don't need to tell you what delicious ground turkey breast comes from Jennie-O. We never buy any other brand! Use it as your base and you will not be disappointed.

Lucky me, I have a bowl of this waiting to be warmed up for lunch. Eek! Gotta run. Chili is calling!

I hope this post finds you warm and safe! Here's a tiny taste of comfort for you and yours on this cold, windy, snowy winter day.

Healthy Turkey Chili

Healthy version of the comforting and delicious chili! Cater spice to your liking!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Jan 11, 2017

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Serves: 8

Total time: 30 min prep, 7-8 hrs cooking on Low (5-6 hrs on High)



  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • Two 15-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • Avocado slices, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese, for topping
  1. In a Dutch oven or extra large skillet, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink. Create a circle in center and pour olive oil into pan. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapenos (if using), garlic and sweet potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add contents to a 6.5-quart slow cooker, along with tomatoes, black beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and chicken broth. Mix well. Cover and cook on Low heat for 7-8 hours or High heat for 5-6 hours.
  3. Serve hot and top with avocados, sour cream and shredded cheese, if desired.