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This Easy Turkey Chili Recipe Delivers a Powerful Nutritional Punch

Packed with protein, fiber and an array of colorful vegetables, turkey chili is a filling and nutritious dish that will keep you satisfied for hours.

Ground turkey is lighter in flavor and has a finer texture compared to ground beef, which tends to have a stronger taste and coarser texture. Thus, turkey chili often has a milder flavor profile. However, the spices used can greatly impact the overall taste. Adding a variety of herbs and spices can result in a delicious and unique flavor. 

Not only is turkey chili delicious, but it’s also incredibly healthy. Turkey is a lean protein that’s low in fat and calories, while beans and vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. This combination makes turkey chili a great option for anyone looking to lose weight, improve their health or maintain a balanced diet. The lean protein in ground turkey also helps to build and repair muscle, while the fiber-rich beans and vegetables promote digestive health and help to control blood sugar levels. 

Additionally, the spices used in different turkey chili recipes—such as chili powder, garlic and cumin—can provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. 

One of the great things about turkey chili is that it’s highly customizable. If you prefer a spicier chili, you can sauté a jalapeño before browning the meat or add more chili powder or hot sauce. If you want to make it more filling, you can add additional vegetables or beans. And you also can play around with the seasonings to find the perfect combination of flavors that suit your taste buds.

You can make turkey chili in large batches for several meals throughout the week or freeze it for later. 

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

1 lb ground turkey

1 diced green chili pepper

1 bag frozen corn 

2 15 oz canned diced tomatoes 

2 15 oz canned black beans

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp chili powder

Salt

Pepper

Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro, 1 diced red onion, mango salsa, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, diced scallions, diced jalapeños, sliced avocado, corn chips

Heat extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. 

Add ground turkey and brown (5–7 minutes).

Add diced green chilies, diced tomatoes, corn, beans and spices. Mix well and cook on medium for 10 minutes.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve in bowls and top with garnishes of your liking.

Stacy Ling is a home and garden blogger in Bernardsville. A self-taught master gardener for over 20 years, she enjoys helping others find their inner green thumb and shares her passion for gardening with her decorating and entertaining style. Her book The Bricks ’n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden (February 2024) is available for preorder. Follow Ling @bricksnblooms on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Facebook and Pinterest. 

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