Today calls for the BEST Healthy Turkey Chili! October is showing off here in all the right ways—football, flannel, flame-colored leaves, and footwear (yay, BOOTS)—so, it’s time for this delicious chili. It’s packed with lean protein and veggies, can be a spicy turkey chili if you like (or not spicy if that’s your family’s preference), and a few readers have even reported entering it into chili cookoffs and emerging at the top. That officially makes it an award-winning turkey chili recipe too!

Two bowls of the BEST Healthy Turkey Chili.

In addition to the season, chili has been big on my brain, as I spent most of this past weekend working on a new healthy chili recipe for my upcoming cookbook. After several test batches, a run to the store for additional storage containers, and subjecting Ben to multiple blind taste tests, I’ve had an ample amount of time to reflect on the qualities that take a chili from “good enough” to “gobble it up.”

I’m pleased to report I nailed it! Like every recipe in my book, that upcoming chili is gobble-it-up-good, a highly unofficial term that I am officially adopting as a cookbook recipe standard.

Since I can’t share that chili recipe yet (AHHH you are going to love it!), I wanted to share this healthy turkey chili in the meantime. It’s fall, we need chili, and this recipe shares many of the same qualities I seek from my pot of chili.

This turkey chili recipe is classic in flavor, thick in texture, and ready for any and all of your favorite chili toppings.

I opted to use ground turkey (my preference), but you could easily use lean ground beef and still have a healthy chili, if that’s more your style. Lots of chunky vegetables ensure this chili is still plenty wholesome.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, I need to ask you a Very Important Turkey Chili Question.

Beans or No Beans?

The BEST Healthy Turkey Chili. Thick and rich with just the right amount of spice. Loaded with bell pepper, sweet potato, and avocado. NO BEANS. Healthy, filling, and absolutely delicious. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

About This Healthy Turkey Chili

I’m typically in camp “beans” (reference: Instant Pot Vegetarian ChiliCrockpot White Chicken Chili, and turkey Instant Pot Chili), but for this particular turkey chili recipe, I decided to take a walk on the no-bean chili side and omit them.

I reasoned I could taste the chili at the very end of its cooking time and add them at the last minute if I felt the recipe was lacking.

Verdict: I loved the healthy turkey chili without beans. It’s plenty thick, rich, and filling on its own, and I felt that the no-bean route allowed the savoriness of the meat and the depth of the spices to shine. (Another no-bean chili delight? This Green Chili recipe!)

That said, if you are a firm believer that chili should have beans and want to toss in a can of pintos or red kidneys, your healthy turkey chili will still be fabulous.

I owe this healthy turkey chili recipe to my friend Lexi. She released her first cookbook last year, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, and it is packed with 150 (yes, 1-5-0) recipes that use whole foods and are Paleo friendly, this turkey chili included.

Award-winning Healthy Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes, lean turkey, and avocado. Perfectly spiced, easy, and filling! Just 227 calories per serving! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

How Do You Make Healthy Turkey Chili?

My version of Lexi’s healthy turkey chili recipe follows her formula—brown the aromatics, add the turkey and a heap of colorful veggies, spice it up, let simmer—with a few shortcuts and adjustment of spices to suit our tastes.

The biggest shortcut is the cook time. The original healthy turkey chili recipe calls for slowly simmering chili on the stove for three hours, which I am sure gives it incredible depth of flavor. I hope to try it that way one snowy weekend when I’ve adequately planned ahead.

Because I was running behind schedule the day I made this healthy turkey chili (typical), I decided to see if I could speed it along by cranking up the heat from a gentle simmer to a more aggressive boil.

In 45 minutes, I had a gloriously thick, aromatic pot of turkey chili that we devoured all week long. I can only imagine how wonderful it will be when I cook it the low, slow way that Lexi suggests. (If your preferred low and slow method is a healthy turkey chili crockpot adaptation, check out my Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili.)

Healthy Turkey Chili. Only 227 calories with 24 g. protein per serving! Easy and gluten free with just the right amount of spice.

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Healthy Turkey Chili

4.91 from 88 votes
The BEST turkey chili! A thick, rich healthy turkey chili with just the right amount of spice. Award winning recipe that will be your new favorite!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Servings: 8 servings (16 cups of very thick chili)

Ingredients
  

FOR THE HEALTHY TURKEY CHILI:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 2 bell peppers any color, cored and chopped
  • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 medium sweet potato peeled and cubed (optional—I added it!)
  • 2 pounds ground turkey I used 93% lean
  • 1 1/2-2 cups water more as needed
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes in their juices (14.5 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Sliced fresh avocado
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño
  • Shredded cheese
  • Plain non-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Freshly chopped cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions, bell peppers, carrots, celery, and sweet potato. Sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
  • Add the turkey and cook until browned, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often to break up the chunks.
  • Once the meat is browned, add 1 1/2 cups water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes in their juices, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a moderate bubble. Let cook, uncovered, until the chili thickens, about 45 minutes, stirring every so often so that the chili does not stick to the bottom. If the chili becomes too thick, add a little water to reach your desired consistency.
  • Toward the end of the cooking time, taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. Add more cayenne pepper for an extra kick and more salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot with desired toppings.

Notes

  • Lexi’s original version of the chili calls for slowly simmering it (in lieu of my “moderate bubble”) on the stove for 3 hours, adding more water as needed. Since I started cooking the chili later in the day (ahem, I was running late), I cooked it more quickly, which you will see reflected in the recipe directions.
  • Want to add beans? Lexi suggests adding 1 (15-ounce) can black beans and/or 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans.
  • Store leftover chili in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 8), about 2 cupsCalories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 24gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 741mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4g

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  1. I have her cookbook and just have to comment how easy and delicious her recipes are! I haven’t tried this one yet but have tried a handful and haven’t been disappointed.

  2. Definitely beans for us! We like the texture of this great veggie and to us, it isn’t chili without the little guys. However, I’d try this recipe because it has so many other different ingredients that I don’t typically use. I just made some chili this past week and am still using our fresh-roasted-frozen tomatoes from our garden. To be perfectly honest, I just like chili no matter what the recipe! Being in the midwest just means chili and soups in the winter – enough said, huh?

  3. This sounds sooo perfect for a chilly day in Phoenix (don’t laugh but I am “freezing” right now, bundling up under extra blankets at night, shivering in the ’60’s during the day). Anyways, yum! 
    I have bean / no bean rules: if the chili is to be poured over tortilla chips, hotdogs, or baked potatoes – no beans; if the chili is for a meal-in-a-bowl with sides or garnishes – beans. I prefer kidney or black beans in chili. Pinto beans belong in an entirely different dish called Chili Beans (my mom makes these with chorizo and enchilada gravy among other things ?). 5 stars

  4. This sounds so good, I am definitely a bean person. in the chili I make at home I use a can of black bean with a can of light red kidney beans. but my mother in law is a no bean person, I will have to get her this recipe for her to try. Thanks for sharing and thanks to Lexi for a wonderful chili rrecipe.

  5. No beans!! This looks awesome. Definitely putting it on the “must try” list. Do you ever add cocoa powder to deepen the flavor? I’m considering it here…

      1. Amber, I haven’t tried adding cocoa powder yet, but I think you could do 1 or 2 tablespoons. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  6. Beans, beans, they’re good for the heart….and SO yummy in chili! I have to say I miss them when they aren’t included!

  7. If this was two years ago, I would have said no beans. But thankfully, my taste buds have changed and now I’m all for beans! There are a MUST in my chili’s and I’ve been trying to be better about adding them to other dishes as well. Great source of fiber, iron, and protein! Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  8. Ooooh, PICK ME, PICK ME! i would love to get this cookbook. Im all about the beans in my chili. Love the texture, earthy flavor and added fiber!

    1. This was amazing. I made this for my boyfriend and his roommate. They both asked when can I come over again and make this fit them.5 stars

  9. I always include beans in my chili because when I think of chili, that’s a main ingredient. I love adding veggies, sweet potatoes and an IPA beer for some more flavor.5 stars

  10. I have to say I’m #TeamBeans when it comes to chili. (In my house, the more aggressive argument surrounds mac or no mac.)

  11. Chilli isn’t chilli without beans. BTW , that’s my recipe minus the paprika….LOL. Fingers crossed for the book.

  12. I love beans in my chili, but I keep hearing that I need to cut them out and make it low carb! But beans…definitely beans!

  13. Definitely with beans! I usually use black beans with pinto but I’ve been known to throw in any kind including Great Northern or white beans. To me it’s not chilly unless it has beans! :-)

  14. As you can see I used voice texting and it’s spelled chili like chilly…haha. I’m not illiterate… Really. Once I sent an email to a friend and said, ” if you’re not on Etsy” and apparently it heard ” if you’re not a Nazi”… so I’m never sure what I’m really sending unless I do a quick check. Which is what I should have done before I posted the previous comment..lol

  15. Beans! But to be honest, I haven’t tried it without beans, and sweet potatoes are just as yummy to be so I am for sure going to give this recipe a try!

  16. Beans! I’m not much of a bean fan so I like to try to add them into dishes that I won’t really taste them! ‘;)

  17. beans beans beans!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It “ain’t” chili without the beans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just hold the meat and this vegetarian will definitely give this a try!

  18. When you look at what I know as the original name of the dish, “chile con carne”, I would say that chili should have beans.  I even put beans in a paleo chili recipe.  Part of why I did that was to make it a nutritionally complete one dish meal.  That said, the best way to have chili is the way you prefer it.

  19. Definitely beans here. They are a great source of protein that can stretch a meal for families on a budget. They also taste great!

  20. I was pretty sure I was team beans but now I HAVE to try this to officially decide! Since I eat veg 85% of the time, a 3-bean chili is my fave way to make a protein-full batch of leftovers for lunch all week! But will DEFINITELY be trying this soon!

  21. It doesn’t matter to me as long as the chili taste good. For beans, I do like black beans or white kidney beans. 

  22. To answer your question…Beans!

    Your recipe sounds delicious with all of the veggies and flavorings. Will be trying this one for sure!

  23. beans for sure, i’m looking forward to a pot of your chili( i’ll add beans and a Patriots win at Super bowl !! Go Pats

  24. I just saw this recipe, so I have not tried it yet, but I definitely plan to do so! I like beans in my chili, but I am going to try this one without. It sounds really tasty!

  25. I’m a beans in the chili girl and my husband is a no beans guy. One time my hubby thanked me for making him a special batch of no bean chili. I had no clue what he was talking about – I love him but I don’t LOOOVE him enough to make him bean free chili. Once I thought about it for a while,  I’m about 98% sure he was eating pasta sauce!! Maybe this one will help unite the two sides :) 

  26. I like the idea of no beans because I am trying to cut back on carbs.  More unusual to find a beanies chili I think?

  27. I like beans when I make chili for lunch or dinner at home but if I’m bringing chili to a pot luck I go without beans.

  28. Beans, please and thank you! I may have tried chili without beans once in my life when not eating at home but I can assure you, it was not a favorite. ?  Going to try this with the beans. 

  29. This recipe is so healthy, cant wait to try it. But I love beans in my chili.
    I will be using Lexi’s suggestion to add one can of kidney and one can of black beans!
    Thank you.

  30. I usually include beans in my chili, because I like the variation it adds to the overall texture. But I also love the idea of using sweet potato – I’ve never tried that! This looks fantastic.

  31. This book looks bueatiful. I have been eyeing it for a while now. I always put beans in my chili. I don’t think it ever occurred to me there was another way

  32. Cannot wait to try this recipe!! Since going Paleo almost a year ago, I’ve been wanting to try a new chili recipe that is sans beans – although I do love me some habicheulas in my smoky turkey-tomatillo chili. They are the best chili beans, IMO!!! 

  33. This is a hot button topic between my boyfriend and I… he refuses to touch chili cause he is convinced that all chili contains beans and he is ADMIT against consuming beans in any form. Personally, I luuuuurrrvvvee me some beans. Unfortunately with my ibs, the feelings are not neutral between beans and I. So boyfriend always wins come chili night… :/5 stars

  34.  You know, I never would have considered making beanless chili until I was introduced to Skyline. I was hesitant… I mean, on top of taking my beans away, I ‘have to’ eat it over spaghetti?!  It was too much to ask. But my skepticism was soon silenced by my embarrassing slurping noises  as I devoured my whole bowl in way too short an amount of time. Oh. Em. Gee. So flipping good!

     That being said, I think skyline chili is it’s own entity, and being such, it can get away with its beanless nature with no real repercussions.  Classic chili will always be beany chili in my cook book. :)

  35. BEANS!!! I don’t think I’ve ever had chili without them…but I’m willing to try anything at least once! Saving this recipe. 

  36. We actually do 1/2 beans! Meeting halfway because I love them – but my husband, not so much. I cut the beans in any recipe in half, for my other half  ♡.

  37. Couldn’t resist reminiscing about a childhood ditty: Beans beans, the musical fruit!
    The more you eat, the more you toot. The more you toot, the better your feel, so eat your beans at every meal! (And of course, this is SO TRUE!) Cheers!

  38. Always beans! The more the merrier at my apartment. If I can find a way to incorporate black beans or chickpeas into any recipe, I’m in. I can’t imagine my chili without it!4 stars

  39. At our house we like beans if we are just eating regular chili, but if it’s going to be used over tamales or pasta, it’s no beans at all. This chili you posted looks amazing, and much healthier than the regular boring kind I’m used to.

  40. For me it depends on the bean! I love garbanzo and black beans in chili but I’ve got a thing against kidney and other beans. I definitely think a good chili includes beans though!

  41. What is chili without beans?? We love them in our chili! Except when preggers… my work had a chili cook off when I was pregnant. I ate so much chili, I landed in the hospital the next day! I had terrible gas pain – so much that I thought I must be having a miscarriage! It was 36 hours of intense pain. Beans are no joke when you’re pregnant!! :)

  42. I’m usually firmly in camp “beans,” too. I prefer using the dry ones over canned, though, as long as I have time to soak them!

  43. I have to say I typically go beans, but recently tried chili with sweet potatoes and its a really great way to eat it! So in terms of chili: beans or no beans? It’s whatever you’re feeling that day!

  44. Beans, yes please!! I tend to add 1-3 varieties when I make chili because they really beef up chili and make it extra filling. Plus, all that fiber doesn’t hurt either! Ps – This cookbook looks amazing!

    Xo Marie
    Chocolate & Wine

  45. I always add beans to my chili. But for my husband, his separate chili is absolutely no beans. He’s a lucky man for my extra patience when I make many dishes! 

  46. No beans in beef chili, black beans in turkey chili (with some pumpkin or sweet potato, too!). I throw mine in the slow cooker and let it bubble all day.

  47. I love beans in my chili unless it is going on hot dogs. But in the bowl it is beans for sure. Makes the chili that much more hearty and beans add protein, love them. What is chili without bean. I can’t wait to try this recipe, I am going to make it this coming week. Thank you for sharing it.

  48. Beans, of course!!! I’m partial to beans in my chili. Making this tonight and can’t wait to try it!

  49. We just finished devouring this delicious chili!!!! My boyfriend is a super picky eater, and he went back for thirds. Thanks for the great recipe!! I added a chopped jalapeno during cooking and a squeeze of lime (and some pickled jalapeños) over my avocado slices to finish and I literally can’t wait for dinner tomorrow so we can eat leftovers :):) 5 stars

    1. Hi Rachel, I’m so happy you and your boyfriend enjoyed the chili! Adding jalapeño and a squeeze of lime sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for trying it out and letting me know!

    1. Hi Caitlin, I haven’t tried this recipe in a slow cooker. If you’d like to experiment, I’d suggest following the recipe through step 2 and then transferring over to the slow cooker and adding the remaining ingredients. Similar chili recipes cook for 3-4 hours on low and 4-6 hours on high, but since that depends on the slow cooker, you’ll want to check for doneness earlier than that. The liquid level may need to be adjusted too as it won’t evaporate as much as it would on the stove. If you do give it a try, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  50. I’ve made a lot of different chili recipes. This was….hands down…my favorite. I used the turkey plus 1/2 lb of navy beans. It was outstanding! It definitely has a spicy kick so if you are sensitive to spice maybe only 2 tbsps of chili powder.

    1. Wendy, that’s such high praise—thank you for giving the recipe a try and leaving this wonderful review! And thanks as well for sharing your tip about the chili powder—different brands definitely have different spice levels.

    1. YAY Kate!!! I am so happy to hear that! Thanks for trying the recipe and letting me know how it came out. I really appreciate the review!

  51. This has become my go-to chili recipe. I’m making it for dinner tonight – probably the 5th time I’ve made it. I make it in the afternoon and let it simmer for hours. Awesome leftovers too. Thanks Erin!5 stars

  52. Wonderful! I made it. I let it cook for 2 hours because I had the time. No beans. The yam was amazing! Perfect amount of heat. It was the best turkey chili I’ve ever made.  Thank you for sharing it. 5 stars

    1. Deanna, I’m so glad you enjoyed the chili! Thanks for taking the time to make it and report back with your tweaks!

    1. I’m so excited to hear you loved this recipe, Gina! Thanks for taking the time to leave this great review!

  53. I’m making your chili right now. It has a lot of spice and although I love it extra spicy my two little ones won’t. Like the heat. I added a teaspoon of honey so try to kill the spice, but now I just taste a little sweet and the spice kicks in on the background. Any suggestions how I can tone down the spice?

    1. Hi Cari, I’d first try adding another can of tomato sauce. You may need to up the other seasonings a little bit to compensate, but it should help dilute the spice a bit. I hope that helps!

      1. Thanks. I actually added a tablespoon of peanut butter and amazingly it fixed the issue! Thank you, it was delicious! The girls loved it too. 

  54. This will be my 10th time making this chili for my family. I follow it exactly and it is absolutely phenomenal. I have made it for guests and every one of them have asked for the recipe. We love the addition of the jalapeños, avocado and cilantro to top it off. My husband and I eat clean and this dish is awesome leftover for the perfect lunch too. 5 stars

    1. Kate, I’m thrilled to hear the recipe is a hit for your family! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review.

  55. Made this last night and it is SO great! My husband was like carrots and celery in chili? But it was AMAZING and anytime I can get extra veggies, I’m all about it. I did end up adding beans, because I only had 1 lb of ground turkey, and omitted the sweet potato. Highly recommend, so glad I found this recipe! 5 stars

    1. Abbey, I’m so glad to hear this was a hit! Thanks so much for sharing your tweaks and for leaving this awesome review!

  56. Wow!!! I didn’t include sweet potato as I am carb cycling and was on a low carb day when I made this. So delish. Put a little bit of plain greek yogurt, cilantro and avacado on top. I will definitely be making this over and over.4 stars

  57. My husband & I made it this weekend (including the sweet potato but no beans) and it was seriously the best chili we have ever made. All of the flavors and ingredients blend so well together! We actually did 1/2 turkey 1/2 bison meat just to try something different and that was yummy also. Topping it with plain greek yogurt makes it so yummy also!
    I kind of liked having it on the stove vs the slow cooker and was pleasantly surprised how everything cooked together so quickly. We will be making this again! It would definitely win a chili contest!

  58. Is it possible to make this in a slow cooker? If so, how would that be done? Ha! I love just adding everything in and walking away.

    1. Hi Lisa, I haven’t tried this recipe in a slow cooker. If you’d like to experiment, I’d suggest following the recipe through step 2 and then transferring over to the slow cooker and adding the remaining ingredients. Similar chili recipes cook for 3–4 hours on low and 4–6 hours on high, but since that depends on the slow cooker, you’ll want to check for doneness earlier than that. The liquid level may need to be adjusted too as it won’t evaporate as much as it would on the stove. If you do give it a try, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  59. Phenomenal recipe. Generally I take beans in my chili, but I’m sold on the traditional ‘no beans’ version now! The only thing I did differently is I left out the celery. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing your recipe!5 stars

  60. Hi! I’m doing the Keto Diet and I was wondering where all the carbs are coming from in your nutritional value? Is it the sweet potatoes? Or something else? I’m hoping it’s the sweet potatoes so I can omit-sounds delicious!  

    1. Hi Brittany, the nutrition info does not include toppings because it will vary with what people use and how much!

  61. FINALLY a great recipe for turkey chili! I decided to give it a try. Today making for the SIXTH time and preparing a huge batch to serve for a high school party. It doesn’t get any better than this! Also once it simmers to perfection, folks can’t even tell you made it with turkey!!!  I’ve got my bowl sitting next to the stove waiting to dive into another great meal!!!5 stars

    1. Kathleen, I’m thrilled to hear this recipe is a hit for you! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review!

  62. This was a great recipe!! I modified a little but it was so good with sour cream and shredded cheese on top.5 stars

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to try the chili, Kathleen! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  63. I am following the Keto diet with some modifications and I must say, this is the best turkey chili recipe hands down without beans. I admit that I am a picky eater, but it’s for a good reason…I have IBS. Making this chili was so much fun because of all the veggies, especially the sweet potato; i never have liked sweet potato fries, but in soup it’s so delicious! I used 4 bell peppers and added more of the spices towards the end. My bf was happy with the results too and he didn’t mind it without beans. I can’t wait to try more recipes!5 stars

    1. I am so happy to hear this Amanda, thank you! And thank you for leaving this glowing review too. It means more than I can say!

  64. BEST CHILI I’VE EVER HAD. I’ve never been a huge fan of regular chili. I recently started loving white chicken chili. I thought I would give this a try since it was healthy. Oh my word! It’s amazing! I’ve made it twice. First time the potatoes and carrots didn’t get soft enough and it was almost too spicy. I made it again and halved the cayenne.  Oh my word! DELICIOUS. Only chili I’ll ever make again! 5 stars

  65. I love the question about beans. According to many Texan chili chefs, beans are FORBIDDEN. I am an old guy and beans means FIBER so they are pretty much a requirement. Past that, this recipe is a hit! I wholly recommend the avocado slices. If you are looking for more vitamins, try including spinach or kale into the recipe.

    Erin, I love the dutch oven suggestion. Making this recipe in a cast iron dutch oven is the best.4 stars

  66. Just made this and it’s so delicious. I used smoked paprika and topped with applewood smoked cheddar, chives, cilantro and jalapeño, thank you for this recipe 5 stars

  67. Erin, this recipe is going to be one of our go-to for chili for years to come! I followed the recipe except to make a few tweaks based on what we had: one pound of each ground turkey and organic grass fed lean ground beef, one can each dark red kidney beans and pumpkin, and a pumpkin chili spice packet + 1/2 T cumin. We topped ours with Fage plain Greek yogurt, avocado, and freshly grated sharp cheddar. I made it for our family autumn gathering at our lake house, and there wasn’t any left! We’re going to make this get-together a tradition, and we’ll be enjoying this chili many times. Thank you!5 stars

  68. Loved this chili. I made it without the beans and with the sweet potato. Perfect for a cool night. It made a ton too which is very appreciated!

  69. Can anyone confirm if the nutrition facts and serving size above is correct? I am currently on a very strict diet where counting macros is essential and just wanted to know if the information above has been about accurate for others!

    1. Hi Angie, the nutrition information is just an estimate—if precise numbers are important for you, I’d suggest using an online calculator with your specific ingredients. I hope you enjoy the chili!

  70. Just made this… so good. Could this please be categorized in your dairy free catagory? I wish you had more of your recipient listed that way, such as here where dairy is simply a optional garnish.5 stars

    1. I am so glad you loved it Brenda! I do try to check all the boxes with different dietary considerations, but every now and then one gets missed. I updated this one, thanks for letting me know!

  71. This chili is so flavorful and filled with yummy vegetables. This disappeared so quickly I am making another batch. It is so easy to prepare. It is my new favorite chili recipe. 

  72. This is my new favorite chili recipe! I made it tonight and everyone loved it. I love that there are so many veggies hidden in there that my 3 year old ate without blinking an eye. I am still working to convince my family to be healthy, so I used a pound of turkey and a pound of lean beef. I also added an additional can of tomatoes and a can of black beans. I will be making this again soon and freezing it. 5 stars

  73. I made this exactly like the recipe called for an only got 6 servings instead of 8 and it was about 350 calories per serving if it would have yielded 8 so now I’m stuck eating a calorie bomb for 6 meals. :( It was also extremely spicy so if you aren’t into spicy foods I would definitely dial back the cayenne. 5 stars

    1. Hi Samantha, I’m sorry to hear that you don’t love the chili. The serving sizes are just an estimate, and spiciness can definitely a matter of personal taste, but I know it’s disappointing to try a new dish and not love it, so I truly wish this would have been a winner for you.

  74. Great easy recipe, I just threw it all in the crock pot and let it simmer in the seasonings all day…it’s a little spicy for comfort so if your sensitive to spicy foods keep this in mind when. Seasoning. But otherwise great chili great consistency 5 stars

  75. SO GOOD I could’t stop eating! I added sliced green chili’s and would maybe delete the tomato sauce but it is excellent!!5 stars

  76. Sadly I didn’t read through the comments before making. Living in FL I don’t make chili all that often but I’ve been craving some and came across thus recipe on google…  HOLY HOT! It was so spicy! My husband and I couldn’t eat it. The flavor is great but the spicy level is on 100. I will definitely  try again and modify the amount of spices I put in this.  4 stars

      1. I am definitely going to try again this coming week but I wanted to give an update on what we did with the first batch.. my husband mentioned all the guys on base LOVE spicy food and would probably demolish this dish, since it made about 9 cups (I know because that’s the size of the Tupperware I used), I told him we can’t waste it and to bring it in.. He said it was a HUGE HIT.. I guess they have an annual chili cooking contest and they all asked my husband to make it this year. One guy said his wife has a gluten allery and since this gluten free he brought the rest home to his wife. The next day he told my husband she loved it! If you love spicy, you’ll love this recipe. 

          1. Hi Eric, I actually have a slow cooker turkey chili recipe! I recommend checking out my Slow Cooker Turkey Chili. I hope this helps!

  77. Whole family love your chilli and the pumpkin corn muffins. I’d like to make both for a friend who is coeliac. What can I replace the wholemeal flour with?5 stars

    1. Ita, I think you might have the wrong site? I don’t have a pumpkin corn muffin recipe. If your cornmeal is gluten free, however, you can usually sub wheat flour with a 1:1 all purpose baking blend. I am so happy to love the chili!

  78. I made this chili last night and I love it! Ended up substituting the sweet potato with 12oz of kale and more water to accommodate and a jalapeno for extra kick. Since I’m only cooking for myself I portioned it out and froze half of it for the days when I won’t have the time to cook. Thank you for this recipe it’s my new go-to for chili!5 stars

  79. Adding all the onions, peppers, turkey etc all at once to sautee is impossible. The sweet potatoes don’t even touch the pan because there is so much. I had to do the turkey in a separate pan, and even doing as recommended, two pounds at once is impossible to brown the turkey. This is ridiculous.

    1. Hi Daniel, I’ve made this recipe several times, as have many readers and friends, and this is the first I’ve heard of this issue. I never meant for that to be a problem, and I would suggest trying a larger pot/pan next time. (I typically cook it in a 5.5-quart dutch oven and haven’t had issues getting things to fit.)

  80. Thank you for this great recipe! The only modifications I made was to use a little less water, added a touch corn starch to thicken it a tad, and a lot more spices. I typically add more spices than a recipe requires, but that is just a personal preference. I love this chili and was so happy with the addition of the sweet potato!5 stars

  81. I made this with lean ground beef, kidney beans and mixed beans. I used 1/3 of recommended amount of chili powder as too much doesn’t agree with my stomach. I did not have the sweet potato or I would have used it. It is delicious and will make again with beef or turkey. Best chili recipe I have made or tasted.5 stars

    1. YAY! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review, Xenia! I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit!

  82. Can you tell me if the nutrition information includes the optional sweet potato in the recipe?  I am making this for my son with type 1 diabetes, and need the correct carb counts.  Thanks so much!

    1. It does Joyce! I’d suggest double checking yourself also at myfitnesspal.com, since the exact counts are super important to you. I provide them as a courtesy, and your ingredients might differ.

  83. the family loved it! I added one cane red kiddney beans and 3/4 small can chili peppers instead of the chili powder (which I did not have),  I also used smoky paprika from penzeys wich gave it a nice touch. It had the perfect kick without being too spicy. You can always cool it down with sour cream or yogurt. I will make again. Thanks!5 stars

    1. YAY! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review, Laurie! I’m so happy that you and your family enjoyed the recipe!

    1. YAY! I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit with your family, Ingrid! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!

  84. Excited to try this tomorrow (with beans)!  Do you think replacing the water with beer, like a dark lager, would be good or would mess with the other delicate expertly paired flavors?  I understand you probably haven’t tried this but just asking your opinion :)

    1. Hi Kristin! You can definitely try beer instead of the water in this recipe. I’d suggest adding it first in Step 3 and letting it simmer for about 3 minutes to remove the alcohol taste before including the other ingredients. If you try this swap, I’d love to hear how it goes!

    1. Hi Jimena! I haven’t tried this recipe in a slow cooker, but other readers have reported success with it. If you’d like to experiment, I’d suggest following the recipe through step 2 and then transferring over to the slow cooker and adding the remaining ingredients. Similar chili recipes cook for 3–4 hours on low and 4–6 hours on high, but since that depends on the slow cooker, you’ll want to check for doneness earlier than that. The liquid level may need to be adjusted too as it won’t evaporate as much as it would on the stove. If you do give it a try, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      1. I added 2 cans of beans and used only 1lb of ground turkey instead- Skipped the water and it came out amazing!! Thanks ?? 

  85. I’ve made this chili several times and each time, remember how much I love it! It’s so healthy with the veggies and the flavor is crazy good! I add cheese prior to serving (of course) and use tortilla chips to scoop it! So it’s not the healthiest when it reaches my lips, but it’s delicious!5 stars

  86. Made this tonight. A little too spicy for me but the flavor was so good! My very picky 4 yr old loved it too! My hubby loved it bc of the spice. Will be making it again!5 stars

  87. Oh my goodness this is so good, too good. Probably exceeded recommended portions by at least 2X. I tasted this right after adding the last ingredient and thought it might be too spicy but after simmering for 45 minutes the spices mellowed significantly. I chopped the vegetables in 1/2″ chunks which gave it a different consistency and will continue to do this in the future.5 stars

  88. In the midst of trying to look for a last minute chili recipe, that consisted of more vegetables, I came across this. Not disappointed! Great chili that has a variation of chili and turkey skillet. I’m Mexican and spicy soups is always my to go to. I added additional adobo sauce. Definitely worth trying. 5 stars

    1. Hi Maryanne! I have not tried this recipe in the Instant Pot, but you could experiment with it. You might also enjoy this Instant Pot Chili recipe that also has ground turkey and tons of veggies!

  89. Another way to speed up chili is in the pressure cooker.  I have found my chili has that second day flavor when I make it in the pressure cooker.  

  90. Does your nutritional information include the optional topping listed?

    Making this chili this weekend, looking forward to trying it.

  91. This was so good!  I followed your quantities exactly, but shredded all the veggies in the food processor (except the sweet potato) as my kids turn up their noses at veggie chunks in stews.  I was running short on time, so I just added everything to the instant pot for 20 min (either release method works) after sautéing the turkey.  Thanks for another great recipe!!  Adding it to our dinner rotation!5 stars

  92. The spice is way to heavy in this recipe. It’s 5 alarm chili with this amount of slice. I had to drain and Rinse the ingredients and add things to cool off the spice. I like spice but this is make you sweat suicide hot. I will do cut the spice in at least half next time.3 stars

    1. Hi Charity, I’m so sorry this was too hot for you! You can definitely dial it back next time so it’s at the right spice level for you.

  93. The flavor is great. Next time I’ll start with only 1/2 t cayenne. During the last cooking I test -tasted it and it was way too hot. So I added 2 cans of rinsed kidney beans plus a cup of frozen corn before it completed cooking.4 stars

  94. I have made this turkey chili a few times now.  EVERY TIME my hubby makes comments (as he sees me making it and often is helping with the chopping) that is is “wrong” to put sweet potatoes and carrots in chili.  Then when he is eating it he says repeatedly – “this chili is so good – you should make it more often”  LOL5 stars

  95. I made this last night. It turned out great. I think I should taken more time to dice up the vegetables but I hungry and I just roughly chopped everything. I only had one chopped frozen onion next time I’ll more onion. Great weekend recipe because it took a long time to chop everything up.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Tamara! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  96. I just made the turkey chili recipe tonite . I cut the recipe in half and it was sooo good. My husband and I just loved it !! So flavorful!!! I added kidney and butter beans and cheddar cheese!!! Yummy! Will definitely be making this often!5 stars

      1. Today is May 24, 2020. I made your recipe yesterday for the first time. I live in Arizona and it is not really the season for Chili, but I wanted to try it. I love this Chili, the flavor of all the spices and ingrdients are perfect for my taste. I ate it for lunch yesterday and dinner and today I am going to eat it again for lunch. It is delicious , healthy and low on calories, high on protein. Thank you for your efforts in sharing and perfecting your reciptes.
        Rebecca5 stars

        1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Rebecca! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  97. This chili tastes way too good for how healthy it is. 220 calories per serving is absolutely amazing! Great recipe, keep up the great work! 5 stars

  98. I have to tell you, I am making a big pot of this again tonight for the 4th time. My husband absolutely loves it!! We were making it fully with the sweet potatoes and the beans! It’s so chock-full of veg, it’s crazy! Crazy AWESOME! Tonight, I am omitting the sweet potato for the first time and replacing it with turnip, because he was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and we have to watch the sugar and carbs. I can’t imagine it won’t be just as awesome with turnip! ? Thank you SO much for a new family favorite! 5 stars

  99. Weather just turned cooler here so I was motivated to try this chili recipe. I’ve never put a TBSP of paprika in anything but I thought “trust Erin. She’s never let you down before”. It was the right move! The consistency is perfect, spices are the perfect level. Will definitely make this again. I did not have a sweet potato but did add a can of beans for the last 15 min.  Made this before work so it was ready to reheat for lunch. And dinner. Thanks for another great recipe!5 stars

  100. Made this for my weekly meal prep. Didn’t have cayenne so just added the red pepper flakes, omg! This chili is sooooo good ? Also, I cooked it in the pressure cooker and turned out perfect. The sweet potato adds a nice flavor too.5 stars

  101. Amazing recipe!! The second time I made it, I added kidneys beans in chili gravy and really boosted the flavor! But super delish without beans! 5 stars

  102. Made this to a T! 
    Hands down my new chilli go to. Perfect amount of spice. Sad I didn’t discover it 3 years ago!5 stars

  103. My love for this chili is a big reason why I bought your book! This recipe has been my go-to for over a year. I love all the veggies in it and the spices are perfect. We make it all in with a sweet potato and 2 cans of beans. I always add a drained jar of pickled jalapeños too. This will continue to be a favorite for years to come! In fact there’s a pot on my stove simmering for dinner tonight right now, which prompted this review :) Thank you for sharing it, Erin!5 stars

    1. This was so, so yummy. I couldn’t help but sample…a lot… as it was simmering. Instead of sweet potato I added a can of corn cause I love corn and topped it off with avacado and fresh jalapeños. Oh and I also added a tsp of garlic powder to the spices. Thank you for sharing.5 stars

  104. This chili is by far the BEST I’ve ever had!!! I haaateeee beans so to find a chili recipe without them was hard to come by. I love for my chili to be full of “stuff” and this one does not disappoint! So many veggies and layers of texture! I make this for my husband and I about once a month in the winter (which is like 6 or 7 months out of the year in Kansas City ?) so you know we realllllly love it!5 stars

  105. This is the best chili I’ve ever made! I reduced some of the spices for my kids, but otherwise didn’t change a thing. Will definitely be making this again!5 stars

  106. This was absolutely amazing! Made it exactly like the recipe said! So flavorful and filling! My husband said this is a a must make again!5 stars

  107. This IS THE BEST chili I’ve ever had and I made it just a bit less spicey so i could customize it! Just delicious and never thought of putting sweet potato in this and what a great addition to the already hearty veggie mix! This is now a staple for will be making often and thank you for all the yumminess and healthy yumminess at that! ???5 stars

  108. This chili is so damn delicious! It’s hearty, easy to make, and beyond tasty. What more could you possible ask for!? I live in LA and fall weather finally arrived! This is the PERFECT fall/winter staple! Plus, who doesn’t love leftovers? The recipe makes a lot of food so you’ll be able to enjoy the leftovers the next day (secret: the recipe tastes EVEN BETTER the next day)! I didn’t substitute anything but I do always add more carrots and celery to the recipe. I’m a veggie addict so naturally I gravitate towards lots of vegetables. Enjoy the recipe! My fiancé and I are obsessed :)5 stars

  109. Hi there! I see an asterisk next to the 93% lean ground turkey – is this what you used to calculate the nutrition? Or is it calculated with a leaner cut – like 99%? Just wondering, going to make it today! Thanks so much :)

    1. Hi Joanna! I used 93% lean ground turkey in the recipe. If the nutrition information is important to you, I’d recommend using an online calculator like MyFitnessPal so you can input your exact ingredients for the most precise estimates. I hope this helps!

  110. So delicious and healthy! I’m not usually a chili lover, but this recipe has me hooked :) Definitely recommend!5 stars

  111. This is my all-time favorite turkey chili recipe!! Love the combination of flavors and the sweet potatoes instead of beans makes it even more flavorful.5 stars

  112. This is my favorite chili! Very easy to make, and if I’m in a rush after I cook the veggies and meat, toss that in my instant pot with all the other ingredients (but just add a little water not the full amount) and cook it for 30 mins and it tastes like I simmered it all day!5 stars

  113. I just made this yesterday- yum!- in the instant pot. I cooked it for 10 minutes & sautéed the veggies for a few minutes, then took them out, then browned the turkey and adding it all together to cook. Super delicious and a great veggie loaded alternative to chili! We will definitely be having this again soon :)5 stars

  114. Made this a few times. The more it sits the better it gets. However I do not use 3 Tbsps of chili powder. That’s major heat…I used 1 Tbsp – was plenty spicy. And I love spicy. Everyone loved it. (and my hubby isn’t a fan of sweet potatoes) He asks me to make it!!5 stars

  115. First of all, I’m a “chilianykindofway” person. I typically add extra ingredients to stretch it out or put over pasta or quinoa. I made this recipe last week and when my kids remark “MOM THIS CHILI IS FIRE!” I know it’s a keeper. Mind you, my children are 25, 26, 30 and 31. I followed the directions using garbanzo beans and I had a combo if butternut squash and yams (because they came precut) and threw it all together then sat on the stove for what ended up being hours. Wow, it was really tasty..and it was completely gone before noon next day.
    This one’s a winner! Thank you!5 stars

  116. We make this every other week and eat it for lunches. It’s part of our routine now. So many Turkey Chili’s lack flavor but but this doesn’t at all. It’s chock full of veggies and Turkey and has a rich flavor. Addictive. We top ours with avocado and fresh jalapeños. Thanks for a great recipe!5 stars

  117. I love this chili! I’ve made a few little alterations. I leave out the tomato sauce and add some chicken stock. I use 1 lb of turkey and add a can of garbanzo beans. I always add the sweet potato! My family loves it!5 stars

  118. Making this now and it smells delicious. I am skeptical about the calorie count, though. I put it through two calculators (Verywellfit and Happy Forks) and it came out as either 250 or 337! I know calculators are imperfect at best, but I would say the recipe calculation here for 1/8th of the recipe is reading low.

    1. Hi Mary! The nutrition information is just an estimate and can differ based on the exact ingredients used. For the most accurate numbers, I recommend using an online calculator (as you mentioned). I hope you enjoyed it!

  119. Absolutely loved this Chili!! I added two cans of kidney beans to the original recipe. This will be my go to Chili recipe!5 stars

  120. 3rd time I’ve made this. Love it. Slight variation – I add mixed beans andLOADS more cumin and spices but fundamentally the same recipe and I love it!! The sweet potato is genius!5 stars

  121. Best chili with no beans I have ever had. Plus side being a healthier alternative then the mass marketed Chili’s out there. Thanks5 stars

  122. I have been making this chili recipe for two years now and it’s always a huge hit. I got lazy and just throw everything in my crockpot now because mom life.. and it’s still so good! Making it again for super bowl Sunday with my toddler who used to eat it when she was first starting baby led weaning as an infant!5 stars

  123. I just made this the other day and having it for the first time today. Its excellent-very tasty and i added the sweet potato. BUUTTT the 1 teaspoon Cayenne is too much I feel. I added 1/4 tsp and my mouth is on fire….I’m not sure why it’s sooo spicy b/c the other ingredients i measured to the recipe. I’ll have to adjust it to 1/8 tsp next time. No one else had this problem?4 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it otherwise, Michelle! You can certainly adjust the cayenne amount to suit your tastes for next time.

      1. Hi Thomas! I do have a slow cooker chili: https://www.wellplated.com/slow-cooker-turkey-quinoa-chili/ Hope you enjoy this!

  124. This is the best turkey chili that I have ever eaten. My husband, who usually just eats the turkey chili I make because that is what I am serving, really liked this recipe too, and he ate the leftovers for lunch the next couple of days. I am making this again very soon.5 stars

  125. My family and I love this Healthy Chicken
    Chili Recipe. This is the best I’ve ever had.
    I found it about 8 or 9 months ago.
    We love it so much that we have eaten it
    many many times. Not just the cold months. Thank you ! Thank you! Thank you!5 stars

  126. I absolutely loved this chili recipe! I actually boiled and shredded 2lbs of chicken and it was perfect! Next time I’ll add the sweet potato to it as well! I love how easy the recipe is too!5 stars