Turkey Chili

In this healthy turkey chili recipe, we skip browning the turkey for two reasons—it helps save time, and the lean turkey stays tender as it gently simmers in the chili. Poblano peppers and chipotles in adobo add a nice spice and smokiness to the dish. Top with your favorite garnishes, like shredded cheese, yogurt, avocado or lime wedges.

a recipe photo of the Turkey Chili
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Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 ½ cups chopped yellow onion

  • ¾ cup chopped poblano pepper

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey

  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added light red kidney beans, rinsed

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo

  • ¼ teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon

  • Shredded Cheddar cheese, nonfat plain strained yogurt, diced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, tortilla chips, lime wedges, thinly sliced jalapeño or serrano peppers and/or thinly sliced radishes for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and poblano; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano; cook, stirring constantly, until the spices are fragrant and the tomato paste has darkened, about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and water, scraping to release any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add turkey, stirring to crumble. Add beans, chipotles and salt; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium to maintain a simmer; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chiles are tender and the turkey is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Divide the soup among 4 bowls. Garnish with cheese, yogurt, avocado, cilantro, chips, lime wedges, jalapeños (or serranos) and/or radishes, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

379 Calories
17g Fat
28g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 379
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Vitamin A 1498IU 30%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Vitamin D 16IU 4%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 21mcg 5%
Vitamin K 9mcg 8%
Sodium 426mg 19%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 67mg 16%
Potassium 758mg 16%
Zinc 4mg 36%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%
Omega 3 1g

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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