Easy and Delicious Healthy Turkey Chili

This time of year calls for some hearty meals that will warm your soul.   The holidays are almost done and football season is ramping up so there is no better time for a good Healthy Turkey Chili recipe.  This is an easy turkey chili recipe that can all be done in one pot and under and hour.  It has everything you need to for a  complete meal packed with proteins and veggies and you can spice it up just how you like it.

A bowl of turkey chili with nacho chips

I have eaten a tonne of cookies this year.  In fact eating well has just not been in my thoughts at all this Christmas and I have gone a little gang busters on the carbs.  For me the holidays are really stressful and brings a lot of anxiety.   Let’s just say I am pretty sure I have eaten my body weight in cookies this year.

I have been doing intermittent fasting which has been a game changer.  Even though my eating has been way off I have actually not really gained any weight.  If you are unfamiliar with intermittent fasting there are a number of different ways to do it but method the fits my lifestyle best is the 16:8 method.  So I fast for 16 hours and eat in an 8 hour window.

It may seem hard but really it is pretty simple because I am sleeping for most of the time I am fasting.  I stop eating at 7:30 at night so nothing but water or herbal teas and then fast until 11:30 in the morning.

An overhead shot of a bowl of turkey chili

The big question I know you are dying to ask is how the hell does one make it to 11:30 without eating?  Coffee!  Black coffee keeps my going.  Shocker I know LOL.  No milk, or sugar or anything outside of black coffee, black tea or water.  To benefit from the fast any calories or food outside of this will break the fast and you won’t get the benefits.

So even though I haven’t being seeing the cookies and treats I have eaten present themselves like a muffin top to make my jeans looks awesome (eek).  I have also noticed I am less bloated as well.  But let’s face it it is impossible to continue the holiday eating frenzy and not pay the price so I whipped up this healthy turkey chili.

Not a sacrifice at all though because this chili is amazing!  I might go as far as to say I like it better than beef chili.  Yes you read that right!

A bowl of healthy turkey chili


Easy and Delicious Turkey Chili
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr

A healthy turkey chili recipe that is as easy to make as it is delicious. A meal full of lean proteins and veggies the whole family will love and done in one pot and under an hour.

Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chili, Turkey Chili
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 360 kcal
  • 2 lbs lean ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups diced zucchini about 2 large or 3 small zucchinis
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili poweder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp crushed chili flakes
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes or 1 large can
  • 2 cups tri-blend canned beans drained and rinsed well
  1. Heat large pot or stock pot to medium high heat.  Add ground turkey and  onions and cook until turkey is browned.  Use the end of spoon to break meet into small pieces.

  2. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, sugar and chili flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Mixing occasionally.

  3. Stir in diced zucchini and cook for about 5 minutes or until softened slightly.  About 5 minutes

  4. Add crushed tomatoes and beans and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

  5. Serve with tortilla chips or Greek yogurt if you like.

Recipe Notes

If you are following the 21 Day Fix or 80 Day Obsession Meal Plans this recipe would count as the following containers:

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 purple 1/2 green.  Add a salad to the side instead of the chips and maybe a little greek yogurt to the top instead of sour cream.

Nutrition Facts
Easy and Delicious Turkey Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.5g 16%
Saturated Fat 2.6g 13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 1069mg 45%
Potassium 754mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5.6g 22%
Sugars 1.5g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 100%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 9%
Iron 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



3 thoughts on “Easy and Delicious Healthy Turkey Chili

  1. I’ve been thinking of alternative protein for my chilli over beef. I tried pork that was good and a lean alternative. I had considered turkey but hadn’t tried it so far. This looks really good, next pot turkey for sure.

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