Is there anything better than a warm bowl of hearty chili on a fall day? This healthy turkey chili is perfect for fall.
Chili is one of those comfort foods that can actually be very healthy.
This healthy turkey chili is chocked full of veggies and beans.
And for some reason, chili is one of those dishes that is even better to me leftover. This recipe makes a large batch, perfect for leftovers. I have even frozen it successfully.
Make sure you use a large stock pot to accommodate this hearty batch. I use the Cuisinart Stainless 12-Quart Stockpot(<-Amazon affiliate link). We got this as a wedding present, and I love it!
I made a big batch last week, and we had my in-laws over to watch the Auburn football game. And while I would love to have you all to my house so that I could make it for you myself, and we could hang out and all watch football together…that is just not possible. 🙂
Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe
So I did the next best thing. I snapped a few pictures so that I could do a healthy turkey chili recipe post.
- 2.5 pounds of ground turkey 93% lean
- 1 large yellow onion diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1 jalapeño pepper seeds and membranes removed
- 4 cloves medium fresh garlic
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce I use Trappey's Bull brand
- 1/2 cup red wine may substitute beef broth or beef stock
- 4 cans of kidney beans undrained, 14.5 ounces
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes undrained, 14.5 ounces
- 1/4 cup organic ketchup
Brown the ground turkey over medium-high heat for a few minutes until crumbly (about 7 minutes).
Stir in onion, peppers, garlic, spices, wine/broth, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Continue to cook over medium heat for another 8-10 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
Add the kidney beans, tomatoes, ketchup and hot sauce.
Simmer over low heat for 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring frequently.
Serve and enjoy!
This recipe is very forgiving, and I have made many substitutions successfully. I always adjust the spices (add more) at the end, if I need to. One serving is approximately 1.5 cups, and it is 7 PointsPlus on Weight Watchers. This recipe also works on Simply Filling! I would suggest substituting beef broth in place of the red wine. Even with the red wine, the points for a single serving would be less than 1pp.
Substitutions I have Made Successfully
- Beef instead of turkey (changes points) OR combination of beef/turkey
- sugar instead of maple syrup
- beef broth instead of wine
- one less bell pepper
- dried beans (cooked ahead of time) plus some of the cooking liquid, instead of the canned beans
- tomato sauce instead of ketchup
- cooked on low in the crock pot for 7-8 hours, rather than the stovetop
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know if you try it.
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