A healthy ground turkey chili recipe that can be made in under 35 minutes for a delicious weeknight meal! This ground turkey chili will leave you feeling full and satisfied without the guilt.
Healthy ground turkey chili recipe is a quick and easy way to enjoy chili any night of the week. Trust me, it tastes like it has been simmering for hours but takes just 35 minutes.
Normally when I think about chili I think of a slow weekend meal where the chili simmers on the stove or in the slow cooker all day, but in real life sometimes a girl is craving chili and needs a quicker solution. Enter this dreamy Healthy Turkey Chili. The whole thing is ready in about 30 minutes but you would never know it from the deep flavor. It tastes like a chili that spent all day on the stove.
What’s the main difference that makes this chili option a bit healthier? Ground turkey! Making this ground turkey chili in place of the usual high fat ground beef does not change the flavor or texture in my opinion. Most ground beef that is used in chili is loaded with saturated fat since it is normally of the 70/30 variety. This is the type of fat that likes to stick to your arteries and cause issues with your heart health, among other negative health implications. Ground turkey is a great alternative because it is still high in protein, but low in fat. So not only are you cutting calories, you are protecting your heart health as well.
Now that I have you convinced to try this healthy turkey chili alternative, let me explain the prepping process. Wash your onion, red pepper, celery, and jalapeno and dice them to your desired size. The key to getting a nice deep flavor is starting out by sauteing all the veggies to bring out and deepen their flavor. Then toss them into a pan with heated oil along with the garlic and allow them to cook for 5-8 minutes until onions are beginning to become translucent. Then the turkey and spices chili powder, oregano, cumin, and bay leaf are added. Cook this combination for 6-8 minutes, breaking up the turkey, until it is browned. Adding the spices early helps deepen their flavor as well. Finally, the tomatoes, broth, and beans are added to create a thick, rich chili. This final mixture should simmer for about 10 minutes to allow all the flavors to blend together.
In terms of making this turkey chili recipe your own, you can personalize it in all sorts of ways. My personal favorite is the toppings. I pile on the cheese, avocado, cilantro, some baked tortillas chips, a dollop of sour cream, and tons of fresh lime juice.
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