Turkey Chili Calzones

Here we combine two favorite family dinners—chili and pizza—into calzones packed full of lean turkey, bell peppers and sharp Cheddar. Dish them up with a side salad to complete the meal.

Turkey Chili Calzones
Photo: Photography / Greg DuPree, Styling / Ali Ramee / Christine Keely
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ½ cup diced yellow or red bell pepper

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • 8 ounces ground turkey or chicken

  • 1 tablespoon taco or Southwest seasoning

  • 1 14-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 15-ounce no-salt-added kidney beans, rinsed

  • 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough, at room temperature

  • All-purpose flour for dusting

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 475°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add turkey (or chicken) and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add taco (or Southwest) seasoning and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and water and bring to a simmer. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in beans. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

  3. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll or stretch each piece into a 6-inch circle. Place on the prepared baking sheet. For each calzone, sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese on one half, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with about 2/3 cup filling. Brush the border with water. Fold the dough over the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. Cut several small slits in the tops to vent steam. Brush the calzones with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

  4. Bake the calzones until browned on top, about 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

To make ahead:

Refrigerate filling (Step 2) for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

466 Calories
20g Fat
51g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 calzone
Calories 466
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 664mg 29%
Potassium 508mg 11%

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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