Healthy Turkey Chili

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Chili has been my favourite dish since I was a kid.  I love it because there are so many different kinds and you can vary the recipe depending on your mood and cravings.  I know that some would claim it’s not chili if it has beans in it. (I think Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory insisted on that fact.)  And I’m guessing some Texans would tell me I don’t know a thing about cooking chili the way it’s meant to be, but this is my version and I’m sticking to it!
The preparation time for this is only 15 minutes before letting it simmer on medium heat for 45.  I`ve included smoked paprika in this dish and it really changes up the flavour – you’ll like it, I promise.  My 10 year old nephew loved this and recognized the different ingredient immediately.  I’m very excited about his emerging palette.  For one so young, he’s always been able to identify flavours and spices and even has made suggestions to make a dish better.  AND, he never complains about me ‘experimenting’ on him, which is a very good thing.
Healthy Turkey Chili : simplyfreshdinners.com
Using extra lean ground turkey reduced the fat content and calories so I highly recommend it. The fresh parsley adds a nice touch too.  You could try pumpkin or butternut squash in this if you are a vegetarian – I think it would be delicious.  For Canadians looking for ways to use leftover turkey, this could be an option too.  Just cut your turkey into bite sized pieces and add it at the end.
If you`d like to share your favourite, healthy chili recipe, I`d love to hear from you and will feature it on the blog.  Have a great day, everyone.
 Healthy Turkey Chili : simplyfreshdinners.com

 

Healthy Turkey Chili
Author: simply fresh dinners
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 bell pepper -red, green, yellow or orange (I used red and yellow – half each)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 28 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Garnish (optional)
  • shredded, low fat cheddar cheese
  • fresh parsley
  • * Note: If you like your chili somewhat saucy, you can add a can of tomato sauce or up the organic vegetable broth to 1 cup.
Instructions
  1. In large pot or frying pan, cook the ground turkey on medium heat until no longer pink. Drain off any fat and return to heat, adding bell peppers, celery, onion, and garlic. Cook on medium until vegetables are soft – 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes before reducing heat to medium low and cover for 25 minutes. Remove cover and let cook for additional 20 minutes until thickened.
  3. Garnish with remaining fresh parsley and cheese.
Serving size: 1.5 cups Calories: 330 Fat: 11 Saturated fat: 2.5 Carbohydrates: 34 Sugar: 10 Fiber: 6 Cholesterol: 45

60 Comments

  • Reply
    Ivy and Elephants
    October 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    This sounds amazing! I love smoked paprika, so this addition really peaks my interest. I’ll have to give it a try on one of these football Saturdays. Looks delicious!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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      Robyn
      October 14, 2013 at 5:34 am

      Don’t you just love smoked paprika! I’m always looking for ways to include it in recipes. Thanks for popping by, Patti. Hugs.

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    AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa
    October 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Robyn! Pinning this and hoping my son and husband can’t tell it is turkey! Visiting you from Social Media Roundup Blog Hop and following you a bunch of ways!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 14, 2013 at 5:32 am

      Hi AnnMarie, so happy to meet you. I hope you can successfully fool your family, lol. I’m off to visit your blog now. Have a great day.

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    P
    October 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I like to make chilli with tinned tuna! It’s amazing!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 14, 2013 at 5:33 am

      Hi, P, I’ve heard of spicy Thai chili tuna but never tuna IN chili. That’s a first, lol. Cool!

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    Margie
    October 14, 2013 at 6:06 am

    This is definitely eye candy and healthy. Will definitely try this chili!

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    The Ruffled Stitch
    October 14, 2013 at 7:44 am

    This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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    Kelly Ward
    October 14, 2013 at 9:47 am

    This looks great! I never thought to use fire-roasted tomatoes in my chili; but I will be trying that with my next batch.
    And I love your Pinterest hover buttons too! 😉

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Thanks, Kelly. I’m loving fire roasted tomatoes – especially in casseroles too!
      And thanks again for the help with the buttons! lol. I was lost!

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      Kelly Ward
      October 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      My pleasure!

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    Jennie
    October 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I love this recipe for a cool fall day! So perfect!
    Come link up with me and share!
    http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com

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    marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    October 14, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Great recipe, I can’t wait to try it. I would love for you to link up to Inspire Me this afternoon. Party goes live at 2:30 PT. http://www.astrollthrulife.net Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

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    Kayla Janachovsky
    October 15, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Looks delish! I’m hosting a pillow cover giveaway that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/pillow-covers-giveaway.html

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    Erin
    October 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Oh how I love a good chili recipe! This sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing with Life Created Tuesdays 🙂

    Erin
    http://www.theviewfromfiveten.com

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    Stephanie
    October 15, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I agree with Erin, I, too, love a good chili recipe 🙂 This one sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing such deliciousness with us. Happy Tuesday to you.

    Hugs and blessings!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 18, 2013 at 6:28 am

      Thanks, Stephanie. Happy Friday, lol. I’m a little late in responding to comments this week.
      xoxo

  • Reply
    Carolyn Robbins
    October 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Hi Robyn,

    This looks absolutely delicious!
    Thanks for the recipe.

    Bear Hugs
    Carolyn

  • Reply
    Linda Primmer
    October 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    This looks so yummy. I love chili too. So healthy and good .Turkey is a wonderful ingredient to add.
    I just wished we lived closer, I would want some…..Loved our phone convo today Robyn. You are the sweetest….xo and big hugs, Linda

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 18, 2013 at 6:29 am

      I loved it too, Linda. You continue to inspire me with your positive spirit. And don`t forget – let`s Be Cranky! lol, love it!

  • Reply
    O meu pensamento viaja
    October 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Dear Robyn, it looks to be a wonderful way to use leftover roasty turkey.
    I would never ever consider that amazing solution.
    Thank you for sharing,my dear.

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 18, 2013 at 6:30 am

      Thanks, Nina. It`s become one of my very favourite dishes!
      Have a great weekend.
      ox

  • Reply
    AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa
    October 17, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Hi Robyn! I had to come back and say that the chili was a huge hit! My son and husband had no idea it was turkey. I added a little more chili powder to make it spicier and to help darken the meat! They ate the whole pot and my husband said there was some flavor that was different and really good…..yeah, it’s called HEALTHY!!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 17, 2013 at 7:28 am

      LOL, That’s fantastic, AnnMarie. Your kind of comments are always the best kind. Thanks so much.

  • Reply
    2 Bees in a Pod
    October 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Definitely making this soon…perfect for Fall!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting, Enjoy!

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    SizzleandZoom
    October 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I make my chili with turkey but I put in different things and have never used bell peppers or celery. I have to try it this way. I don’t use kidney beans and black beans. I use pinto beans. This is because of my family likes and dislikes.

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 18, 2013 at 6:31 am

      I`m going to try pinto beans next time, Susan. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Reply
    Danielle
    October 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Robyn, yum! This looks very similar to the chili I made at our house and is a HUGE hit with all the boys! So comforting and healthy. My youngest loves it because “he loves beans.” I’ll have to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 19, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Hi Danielle,
      Isn’t chili just the best! lol.
      I will be there bright and early tomorrow morning! Have a great weekend.

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    October 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Hi Robyn,
    I could just reach out and take a bite of this awesome chili right now. Thank you so much for sharing with Texas Star Chili Cook Off and the very best of luck to you!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 19, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Thanks so much, Miz Helen. So glad I found your beautiful blog!

  • Reply
    Maria
    October 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Your chili looks so good! I need to try making turkey chili too, I make beef chili and chicken chili, but have yet to try turkey chili! This looks so delicious!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks, Maria! I’ve been a long time visitor of your beautiful blog. Have a great weekend.

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    October 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

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    Kathy A Delightsome Life
    October 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Hello Robyn, this looks absolutely amazing – I love chili too and will definitely put this on my list of recipes! I do appreciate you sharing – I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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      Robyn
      October 23, 2013 at 6:54 am

      Wow, thanks, Kathy, I’m thrilled to be on your beautiful blog.
      See you Thursday!

  • Reply
    Maria
    October 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    This sounds great for a cool fall day! Thanks so much for sharing at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday party. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week.
    Happy Thursday
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.
    http://kraftycardsetc.com/

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    Self Sagacity
    October 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I want to make this. It looks scrumptious. I don’t eat beans enough but your recipe has given me some inspiration. 🙂
    thanks for linking at Self Sagacity, have a great weekend.

  • Reply
    BecHeflin
    October 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Robyn, your chili looks FABULOUS! I’m all about the chili comfort in the Wisconsin winter months. This is a MUST make recipe!
    P.S. I found you through the Show Stopper Saturday link party!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      October 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks so much, Bec, your comment made my day!

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    Kaz @ Melting Moments
    November 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    This looks so tasty and healthy. I haven’t heard of the dish ‘chili’ – is it like chili con carne? 🙂 Either way, this will have to be tested at our house 🙂

  • Reply
    Robyn
    November 10, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Thanks so much, Kaz! Yes, chili is the same as chili con carne but there are many variations on the original. So glad you came for a visit!

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      Robyn
      December 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks for sharing my recipe with your readers! So glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    December 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I wish I had a left over batch of this in my fridge right now, I would definitely warm it up and chow down!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      December 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      LOL, I could eat chili morning, noon and night, Gigi. Happy Holidays!

  • Reply
    Becca
    December 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

    This certainly does look healthy! Thank you for sharing your recipe at the Healthy Tuesday hop. 🙂

    • Reply
      Robyn
      December 19, 2013 at 5:55 am

      Thanks, Becca, It’s always a pleasure to join your party!

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    Theresa @DearCreatives
    September 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Looks delicious! Pinned for later.
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      Robyn
      September 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Thanks so much, Theresa. I just made it last night actually and everyone is looking forward to it this weekend. Have a great day an thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Maggie | Omnivore's Cookbook
    October 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

    This is such a comfort dish and it’s so healthy! Temperature in Beijing has dropped to 40F at night and I definitely need this hot stew for dinner! I love the idea of using turkey. High quality protein with low calories!
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