Chipotle Cauliflower & Turkey Chili

Lean ground turkey and cauliflower soak up the bold flavors in this easy chili. Using cauliflower stems along with the florets adds a meatier texture—just be sure to leave off the tough bottom inch or so of the stem. Make a double batch and eat it for lunch the next day, or freeze the extras for another night. We love the smoky heat from the chipotle peppers, but use less if you prefer a milder chili.

Chipotle Cauliflower & Turkey Chili
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 12 ounces lean ground turkey

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups coarsely chopped cauliflower stems and florets (12 ounces)

  • 1 6-ounce can no-salt-added tomato paste

  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeded if desired, and minced

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder

  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed

  • 6 tablespoons shredded Mexican-blend cheese

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add turkey, onion, bell pepper, and salt. Cook, stirring and breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is no longer pink and the vegetables have softened, 7 to 9 minutes.

  2. Add cauliflower, tomato paste, chipotle to taste, chili powder, cocoa, and coffee powder. Cook, stirring, until the cauliflower is well coated and beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add broth and beans; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced slightly and the chili has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Divide among 6 bowls; sprinkle each serving with cheese and garnish with cilantro and onion, if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

311 Calories
17g Fat
22g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 ⅓ cups
Calories 311
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 419mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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