Healthy Turkey Chili

Turkey ChiliFreezing temperatures require comfort food. A pipping hot bowl of chili is the cure to any Sunday blues. Opting to try for a slightly healthier option, I defrosted a pound of ground turkey meat which was then mixed with a blend of spices; chili powder, red chili flakes, dried oregano, cumin. To me, there’s something therapeutic about standing over the stove, stirring and seasoning as the flavors meld together. I also have a weird fear of my slow-cooker (even before This Is Us), which I need to overcome, but not today.

I loaded the chili up with extra vegetables, two types of beans, making it a hearty mixture that makes for fantastic leftovers and it’s relatively healthy!

Stay warm out there!

Turkey Chili

Adapted from The New York Times Cooking


1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 lbs. ground turkey
2 c. diced white onion
1 red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 c. chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. tomato paste
3 c. diced tomatoes
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 c. frozen corn
2 c. chicken broth
3 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves


  1. Heat the oil over high heat in a large heavy pot and add the turkey meat. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, chopping down and stirring with the side of a heavy kitchen spoon to break up any lumps.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, sweet pepper, celery, oregano, bay leaves, chili powder and cumin. Stir to blend well. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the drained beans and frozen corn and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes longer.
  5. Serve in bowls with cheddar cheese, and sour cream and lime wedges, if desired.


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