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3 Bean Turkey Chili

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

Fall means warm comfort meals and nothing says more comforting than a big bowl of chili. Finished with a sprinkle of cheddar, diced red onions and a piece of bread, this meal will make anyone feel content after a long day.

While regular chili with ground beef is technically not unhealthy, it is not a meal you should eat everyday. Red meat is a great source of iron and protein, but should be eaten less than other proteins due to the high saturated fat content. I make this chili with ground turkey instead and I believe, it is equally delicious! This dish also is very cheap, will feed many people and you will have lots of leftovers. When you come home from apple picking, heat up a bowl and curl up in your blanket!


1 lb Lean Ground Turkey

1 Large Sweet Yellow Onion, Chopped (about 2 cups)

1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Large Cloves of Garlic, Rough Chopped (around 1 tbsp)

1 tbsp + 1 tsp Chili Powder

1/2 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Cayenne (reduce to 1/2 or 1/4 tsp if you do not like spicy)

1 tsp Dried Oregano

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1 cup Low Sodium Chicken Stock

1/2 cup Water

3 - 15.5 oz Cans of Your Favorite Beans (I used 1 can pink beans, 1 can pinto and 1 can kidney), drained and rinsed!

2 cups No Salt Added Crushed Tomatoes (Hunts Brand) - used a 28oz can and used around 3/4 of it)

2 - 10 oz Cans Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis (Mild)

Optional Toppings:

Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Low-fat Sour Cream

Diced Red Onion


1. In a large pot, heat the oil on medium-high heat and add the onions. Sauté for 3-4 min or until translucent in color, stirring occasionally.

2. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

3. Add your meat to the pot. Using a wooden spoon, continuously break up the meat and mix into the onion mixture until fully cooked and small crumbles (4-5 min).

4. Add seasonings, beans, tomato products, chicken stock and water. Cook on medium-low for 20 min and then on low heat for an additional 40 min, stirring occasionally. If the liquid evaporates too much, add an additional 1/2 cup of chicken stock.

5. Serve with the Optional Toppings listed above :)

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