Soups And Stews

Healthy Turkey Chili – Crock Pot

Simmered all day for pure cozy comfort! Lean ground turkey seasoned with familiar spices and Worcestershire sauce for a zesty and bold flavor. Black beans and veggies round out this high protein fiber packed meal in one. This healthy turkey chili Is perfect for a weeknight dinner for two or an easy crowd-pleasing feast.

Chili! A favorite among many. With so many versions, we can all recall the best chili we ever had, or the family’s recipe is the best in the world. This healthy turkey chili is my family’s favorite, although I do love to play around with the ingredients sometimes. That’s the fun part about cooking, right? Never stop creating.

So what’s your favorite version of chili? Let me know in the comments below. Beef, turkey, pork, or vegetarian? Whatever it is, you can take almost any chili recipe and adapt it to your liking. And if you haven’t made it in the crock pot before, you gotta try it. It gives it the “tastes better the next day” taste. Slow cooking intensifies all the flavors.

What Makes This Healthy Turkey Chili Flavorful

I’m a firm believer in making healthy recipes’s taste flavorful; partly because my husband says…”if it tastes healthy I won’t eat it, therefore I’ll lose weight”. UGH! Most of us know turkey meat can lack flavor because it’s so lean. Seasoning the meat, not just the broth, is an important step..

… Que the worcestershire sauce. Game changer I tell ya! I learned this trick from Rachael Ray many moons ago. It infuses the turkey meat,making is super savory. Next time you’re in the mood for chili give this one a try.

Ingredients Notes,& Substitutions

Ingredients for the healthy turkey chili

Turkey ~ I use lean, not extra lean. Want something different? Try beef, pork, ground chicken, or a combo is always a great option.

Tomatoes ~ A good canned version, or fresh, is always a great choice

Veggies ~ Any variety of bell peppers and, of course, onions. Jalapeno can be substituted with any hot pepper of your choice. Or canned chilis or jalapenos is ok in a pinch. Corn would be a great addition too.

Beans ~ I used black beans, but any variety or combo is excellent.

Tomato paste ~ adds a tanginess and acts as a thickener.

Broth ~ I used beef stock for a little more depth of flavor, but you can substitute chicken or vegetable broth.

Spices & sugar ~ I go heavy on the spices, cut back, or adjust as the chili simmers. The sugar helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes. It’s a small amount, and you can’t detect it and will balance all the flavors giving a smooth, rich flavor.

A spoonful of healthy turkey chili with toppings of sour cream, avocado, and cheese

Thick Or Thin Chili?

Which do you prefer? I like it on the thicker side.

Thicker chili

  • As I mentioned, the tomato paste is a thickener and a big flavor booster. You could add more, knowing this will increase the acidity, and you may need to adjust the seasoning and sugar.
  • Adding corn meal, about 1/4 cup, when you add the broths.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of flour when cooking up the veggies
  • Simmer the last hour or two without the lid on

Thinner Chili

I suggest making this recipe as instructed and adding more broth/stock toward the end. This chili recipe is right in the middle. Not too thick, not too thin.

How To Make Healthy Turkey Chili

  1. Heat olive in a skillet or a crockpot with a browning option. Add the turkey meat and brown, salt, and pepper. Drain if needed.
  2. Add the Worcestershire sauce, cook for another minute, so it coats all the turkey meat, then add the spices; stir to combine. Add the onions, peppers, jalapeño, and garlic, and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, beans, broth/stock, sugar, and tomato paste; stir, cover, and cook on low 4 to 6 hours. Adjust for seasoning.
  4. Serve and top with cheese, avocado, sour cream, green onions, and cilantro. Or whatever you fancy. Enjoy!

Other Warm And Comforting Soups And Stews You May Love!

Roasted Butternut Squash & White Bean Soup

Irish Stew With Cheddar Chive Biscuits

Creamy Chicken & Dumpling Soup Cozy and comforting

Healthy Turkey Chili Rich and filling and made in the crockpot

Cauliflower Sausage Soup Taste like potato soup!

Creamy Tomato Basil Bisque Soup

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup Easy and delicious

Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup With dumplings- yum!

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Healthy Turkey Chili Crock Pot


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  • Author: Teri Wallingford
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

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Simmered all day for pure cozy comfort! Lean ground turkey that is seasoned with familiar spices and worcestershire sauce for a zesty and bold flavor. Black beans and veggies round out this high protein fiber packed meal in one This healthy turkey chili crock pot recipe Is perfect for a weeknight dinner for two or an easy crowd-pleasing feast.


Ingredients

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2 pounds of ground turkey, beef, pork, ground chicken, or a combo

1 medium onion chopped

1 bell pepper chopped, any variety or a combo

1 jalapeno finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 or 214.5 ounce cans of black beans or a combo of any varieties

114.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes,drained

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons tomato paste

4 cups beef stock or broth. Chicken or vegetable stock or broth can be substituted.

3 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons cumin

2 teaspoons coriander

2 teaspoons sugar, or brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt ( or less )

1 teaspoon pepper


Instructions

    1. Heat olive in a large skillet over medium heat, or use a crockpot with a browning option. Add the turkey meat, salt, and pepper; cook until slightly browned. Drain if needed.

    1. Add the Worcestershire sauce, and cook for another minute, stirring, so it coats all the turkey meat. Add the chili powder, cumin, and coriander, and stir to combine. Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, and garlic, and cook for another 3-5 minutes.

    1. Add the tomatoes, beans, broth/stock, sugar, and tomato paste; stir, cover, and cook on low 4 to 6 hours. Adjust for seasoning.

    1. Serve and top with cheese, avocado, sour cream, green onions, and cilantro. Or whatever you fancy. Enjoy!

Notes

* You can adjust the amount of ingredients to your liking. More veggies, beans, or meat. Make it thinner or thicker, or a combo of ingredients…have fun and make it your own

Please not the nutrition information does not include the toppings for the chili

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4-6 hours
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: American

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