Recipe: Healthy Turkey Chili


1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves minced garlic

2 medium onions, diced

2 bell peppers, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and diced

1 medium sweet potato (optional)

2 lbs. 93% lean ground turkey

1 1/2-2 cups of water

15 oz. can tomato sauce

14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes in juices

3 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp ground cumin

1 Tbsp paprika

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Pinch red pepper flakes



Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, bell pepper, carrots, celery, and sweet potato. Saute for 5—7 minutes until soft.

Add the turkey and cook until brown, 5-7 minutes. Stir often to break up chunks.

Add 1 ½ cups of water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and spices. Bring to a boil and reduce to a moderate bubble. Let cook until chili thickens, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the chili becomes too thick, add additional water. 

Toward the end of cooking time, taste and adjust seasonings.