Healthy and Spicy Turkey Chili

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Anyone else has plenty of Thanksgiving leftovers? Then you’re in the right place. On the menu: Spicy Turkey Chili. A convenient dish for vegetables, beans, and yummy turkey when you have an hour to cook your leftovers.

Besides the usual vegetables and beans, I sometimes incorporate pumpkin, sweet potato, or butternut squash. Pumpkin adds a fantastic source of fiber and is well worth it. Whether you serve with chips or eat it in cornbread, family and friends will go crazy for this homemade turkey chili. A Super Bowl must-have.

It’s a fun use of turkey over the expected turkey sandwich. Delicious at Super Bowl parties and comforting on cold winter afternoons. Through meal prep, turkey chili becomes minimal effort weeknight dinners.

Just reheat desired servings to make dinners less daunting after a long workday. If you prep your serving portion this large, you’ll be able to eat it for a few days. After all, simple and delicious dinners are our specialty.

Ground Turkey or Leftover Turkey

It doesn’t matter if you have leftover or ground turkey. The only difference is you’d have to cook the ground turkey before adding it to the chili. Whichever you chose, I’d recommend lean turkey since its fat content is lower. I like a mix of white and dark shredded (cubed is fine too) meat. The use of dark or white ground turkey is a choice that solely dependent on preference.

Best Turkey Chili Tips

Smoked paprika. That’s my secret to great chili. You’ll recognize the difference in flavor immediately. Exciting your palette for more. Marinating is another flavor enhancer. Bringing out incredible, next-level delightfulness. If you have time, let this chili, your soups and stews simmer for at least an hour. For days when stirring is inconvenient, use a slow cooker. Cook all the ingredients on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1-2 hours. Serve with endless toppings. Simply swapping the turkey for an extra can or two of beans keeps the recipe entirely vegetarian.

Topping Options

Optional toppings include cheddar cheese, avocado, cilantro, chopped onions, sour cream, and black olives. A pretty exhaustive list. This versatility makes chili a recipe everyone should have in their life.

Healthy and Spicy Turkey Chili

Spicy Turkey Chili. A convenient dish for vegetables, beans, and yummy turkey when you have an hour to cook your leftovers.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chili, turkey
Servings: 7 people
Calories: 380kcal


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or 2 cups leftover turkey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 chili pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 clove garlic chopped
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cans fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can of red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 can sweet corn optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish: shredded cheese sour cream, cilantro and cornbread for serving, if desired.


  • In a frying pan with olive oil on medium heat, cook the ground turkey until no longer pink.
  • Drain off any fat and return to heat, adding bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Cook on medium until peppers are soft about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients, stir well. Bring to a boil before reducing heat to low and cover for 25 minutes. Stir constantly.
  • Remove cover and cook for an additional 20 minutes until thickened.
  • Garnish with toppings.

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