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Healthy Ground Turkey Chili

Healthy Ground Turkey Chili is a tasty, easy meal that’s full of flavor for Gameday Parties that you can feel good about serving because its a healthier option!

bowl of chili with toppings on it

I call this Healthy Ground Turkey Chili because it’s lower in fat than when I make it with beef because of the turkey. (Disclaimer:  I’m not a doctor so please follow your own dietary guidelines for healthy eating.)  You need not worry if something healthy tastes great with this turkey chili recipe because no one who has ever eaten it has even realized its a turkey chili.  They just call it a good bowl of chili!

 How do you make Healthy Ground Turkey Chili?

  • The most important thing is to maximize the flavor of the meat and spices you use in the chili. You’ll brown the meat with the onions have them caramelized on a low slow heat (pictured here). This lets the meat absorb the onion flavors.
    onions and turkey cooking for healthy turkey chili recipe
  • You’ll also want all of the flavors of the spices infused into the turkey so that every spoonful has all of the great flavors in it. Once you have the onions and meat browned you will want to put all of the spices on top of the meat and let them have time to really get into the meat.
    Close up of spices for healthy chili recipe
  • After all of the spices have been stirred in you will add the tomatoes and the chicken broth (it’s ok to substitute vegetable broth if you prefer.) You’ll let the chili simmer for at least an hour and allow the liquids to reduce and all the flavors to really develop. It’s a great meal to let simmer all day on the stove if you have people wanting to eat at different times during the day.
    Ground turkey chili pic of simmering the tomatoes with the ground turkey

What is the secret ingredient that makes this Healthy Chili Recipe so good?

The last ingredient I add to this chili is a little bit of …… wait for it. Dark Chocolate. It deepens the flavor just a little, pairing beautifully with the chili powder but it also adds a velvety smooth texture to the broth. I promise it’s really good.

This Healthy Turkey Chili goes well with whatever toppings you like:

  • Guacamole
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream  
  • Salsa
  • Olives
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Avocado

…. The list is endless. (another great way for your guests on game day to get their chili just the way they like it!)

It also works really well if you have any leftovers as a topping on Sweet Potatoes so make a double batch for these. (like these Sweet Potato Starter Bites pictured here.)

Chili on top of Sweet potato Slices on a plate topped with Cheese and Sour Cream

If you are hosting a lot of people for a gameday viewing, you may want to have a couple of kinds of chili available.

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Yield: 8 servings

Healthy Ground Turkey Chili

Healthy Ground Turkey Chili

Healthy Ground Turkey Chili is a tasty, easy meal that’s full of flavor for Game day Parties that you can feel good about serving because its a healthier option!  

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 Large Onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 pounds lean Ground Turkey
  • 3 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Powder
  • 1 14.5 can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 14.5 can Black Beans, strained and rinsed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 15.5 can can Pinto Beans, strained and rinsed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 48 ounces low sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped finely


  1. Place a large stockpot on the stove at medium high heat. Add olive oil and onions and saute until onions are softened and turning a golden brown color. About 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook for 10-12 minutes until turkey is cooked throughout.
  3. Add all spices (chili powder, cumin, garlic salt and mustard powder) to the pan and sauce for 5 minutes to allow the spices to absorb completely.
  4. Add the tomatoes with juices, drained and strained beans and chicken broth and stir to mix completely. Lower the heat me medium and continue to cook for 45 mins minimum.
  5. Add the chopped chopped chocolate right before serving, allowing 5 minutes for the chocolate to melt completely.
  6. Serve with your favorite toppings - cheese, sour cream, avocado, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, Fritos.... whatever you like!


This recipe is from a family friend of my mothers that has been in our family for over 30 years. I did adapt it a little over the years which is when the chocolate addition came in!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

8 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Saturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 562mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g

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Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life

Monday 22nd of January 2018

Chili is the best and I'm loving the healthy twist you've given it with the turkey. Can't wait to add this to our menu!


Monday 22nd of January 2018

You really surprised me with adding chocolate in your chilli... I made thousands of chillies but never added anything unusual . You inspire me !


Monday 22nd of January 2018

This looks like the perfect game day food! I have never made chili with turkey, but that is about to change!


Monday 22nd of January 2018

Lovely recipe. When I don't have dark chocolate for my chilli, cinnamon works a treat too.


Monday 22nd of January 2018

Love the spices used here. Sounds yum.

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