Turkey Chili


I am often asked for help with healthy recipes for busy people. Well, busy people, this is the quintessential recipe for that request. I, myself, make this more often than I'd like to admit, but it stays in rotation because it's so simple and tastes so darn good. It also leaves me with a good amount of leftovers. 

In the past, I used all lean turkey, but found it too dry. Now, I use half of 1 package of regular ground turkey and half of another of lean turkey, then freeze the other halves for another time. This provides the flavor and fat for cooking, but still keeps it relatively lean.


- 1/2 lb lean ground turkey

- 1/2 lb regular ground turkey

- 1-2 tbsp olive oil

- 1 yellow onion, chopped

- 3 garlic cloves, minced

- 2 tbsp of chili powder (more if you like things with a little more heat)

- 2 tbsp of cumin

- 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed

- 2 cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles

Warm 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in a sauté pan. Add the onions and sweat for several minutes over medium heat; then add the garlic. Add the turkey, chili powder and cumin, chopping up the turkey into small pieces as it cooks. When the turkey is mostly done, mix in the kidney beans and tomatoes and finish cooking through. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve alone or with a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese and a few tortilla chips.