easy, healthy, one pot turkey chili

if you are a regular reader of this blog, you know i love cooking with ground turkey. and this post is no exception! i’ve been experimenting for years by adding ground turkey to pretty much anything i cook, and well, i’m still alive, hahaha.

this ground turkey chili is a little lighter than beef chili and definitely figure friendly. good for your overall health. and that’s why i’ve been making this recipe for years and never disappoints. in fact, if you make the chili earlier in the day and serve at dinner time, the flavors are at its peak and you are going to be thankful you waited. the next day, the flavors are even better.

so i documented the cooking process and i hope you make this chili. for real :)


cook onions in olive oil until soft.


add ground turkey followed by the spices.



now that the turkey is cooked all the way add crushed tomatoes.




jalapeno going in.


i made the beans in the crock pot. you can use canned instead.


add water.


add cinnamon and cayenne pepper if you like it spicy.



add some cilantro after it’s done cooking and stir well.


serve with tons of chopped cilantro.





easy, healthy, one pot turkey chili


1 pound lean ground turkey
1/4 large white onion, chopped
2 ripped tomatoes, crushed in a food processor or blender
1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped in small pieces
1 cup homemade black beans or 1 15 oz. can, drained and rinsed
1 cup homemade pinto beans or 1 15 oz. can, drained and rinsed
1 cup homemade northern white beans or 1 15 oz. can, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper {optional}
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups warm water
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
sea salt to taste
olive oil

serves 4 people.


1. in a large pot, sauté onions in olive oil for 1 minute over medium heat. add cumin, chili powder and mix well. add ground turkey and brown for about 4 minutes with onions and spices.

2. add crushed tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, beans, water, cayenne pepper and ground cinnamon. stir well until all ingredients are combined. bring to a boil over high heat and let it boil for 3 minutes. season with salt.

3. turn down heat to low and simmer chili for 15 minutes uncovered. add cilantro and stir well.

4. serve hot and garnish with some cheese and chopped cilantro.


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