Healthy Stovetop Turkey Chili

This healthy turkey chili is made with lean ground turkey but is packed with flavor from the different seasonings and chilis loaded in this recipe. It’s THICC (yes, with two c’s) and packed with protein, fiber, and veggies. This chili is perfect for lazy days when you want to throw all of the ingredients on the stovetop and go about your business. Easy recipes are my favorite, especially when they taste this good. 

Diced onions red bell peppers green bell peppers garlic and chipotle in adobo
Chipotles in adobo are just as important as the onion, bell peppers, and garlic

Prep Your Base Ingredients!

Start building flavor into the chili with a combination of sweet yellow onions, red and green bell peppers, fresh garlic, and whole chipotle chilis in adobo. Before developing my turkey chilis, I found the lean ground turkey lacking in flavor in many of the healthy turkey chilis that I have ordered. Be sure to pack your chili with some of the same bold flavors you would use in a ground beef version! 

I like to give my onions and peppers a medium dice, but I prefer using a press or grater for the garlic. The diced onions and peppers help with the chili’s texture, but you don’t want to bite into a chunk of garlic!

Pinto beans rinsed in strainer
Rinsing pinto beans removes extra salt and unwanted flavors.

Why Rinsing Your Beans is Crucial

Rinse your canned beans before adding them to your chili! Rinsing you pinto beans is super important. When you first open up the can, you’ll find the beans in this thick, starchy, salty liquid. Drain the beans in a strainer, then run some water to rinse off that extra starch and salt. Canned beans can have a lot of sodium added – to prevent over-seasoning (yes, that is a real thing), be mindful of the salt content in the variety of beans you purchase. Most canned beans can salty even after rinsing!

chili seasonings in a white bowl
Control the flavors in your chili by mixing your own spices.

Make Your Own Chili Seasoning

This homemade chili seasoning is fantastic on much more than just chili recipes. This seasoning serves as a replacement for store-bought chili packets and can be whisked together in under a minute! I keep some of this mix to sprinkle on chicken breast or thighs for a quick dinner with rice or a salad. A blend of cumin, coriander, adobo, paprika, and chili pairs so nicely with so many recipes beyond this delicious chili. 

Turkey chili with sour cream, green onion, and lime on top. In a white bowl on a blue plate.
A Healthy Turkey Chili that isn't missing any flavor!

What Do You Top Your Chili With?

There are so many way to eat chili. Here are some of the ways that I like to enjoy this  warm bowl of deliciousness. 

  • Top with sour cream, chives or green onions, and lime. 
  • Top with cheddar, sour cream, and corn tortilla chips. 
  • Enjoy with a side of corn bread. 
  • Scoop a spoonful directly onto a hot dog on a perfect bun. 

Healthy Stovetop Turkey Chili

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 55
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner



1lb Ground Turkey

1 tbsp olive oil

1 16oz can Red Kidney beans

1 Large Yellow Onion

5 cloves Garlic

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 28oz can Crushed Tomatoes

1 1/2 tbsp Tomato Paste

2 tbsp Chili Powder

1 tbsp Paprika

1 tbsp Adobo Seasoning (or you can use beef/chicken bouillon cubes)

2 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Coriander

1tbps Chipotles in Adobo sauce

2 whole chilis from adobo sauce

1 1/2 cups Beef Broth

1 tbsp Brown Sugar


  1. Prep your ingredients by dicing the onion, bell peppers, and chili pepper. Then drain and rinse your can of pinto beans.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot add your onion, bell peppers, and grate your garlic into the pot. Sweat your onions and peppers! Cook until the onions become translucent and your garlic becomes fragrant. Keep the heat on medium / medium-low to prevent the veggies from burning.
  3. Add ground turkey and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add in all of your dry seasonings, stir in the tomato paste, and chilis in adobo.
  5. Stir in crushed tomatoes. Then add the pinto beans to the pot.
  6. Mix well and let the chili sit on low for 45 minutes.
  7. Add in a tsp of brown sugar to counteract the acidity from the tomatoes. This step is recommended, but optional.
  8. Let the chili rest for 10 minutes, then serve with your favorite toppings. I like to add sour cream, green onions or chives, and lime. Sometimes I will serve it with tortilla chips or my homemade cornbread.

Keywords: chili, turkey chili, healthy, stovetop chili

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