Healthy Turkey Chili

One of my favorite recipes when I want something filling and cozy without going into a food coma immediately after eating (depending on how much sour cream and cheese you add…I add a lot). Eat on it’s own or with any toppings you like- sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips, coriander (cilantro), hot sauce, lime, cheese.. pretty much anything goes. You can also eat it how Hayden likes to, wrapped up in a soft corn tortilla as more of a taco, or layered on tortilla chips with cheese (nachos!!!).

Serves 8

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red or green capsicum (bell pepper), roughly chopped into cubes
  • 4 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo, be sure to dice up the whole chipotle peppers. Add more if you like a spicier chili
  • 2 lbs (about 1kg) turkey mince, if turkey isn’t your thing you can use chicken mince and if you just want beef you can use beef..
  • 1 15oz can kidney beans, strained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can cannellini beans, strained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can butter beans, strained and rinsed
  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes


  1. In a deep cast iron pan, sauté your onions and peppers until soft. 5-7 minutes.
  2. Once your peppers and onions have softened, add in the chipotle peppers in adobo. Stir until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add in your turkey. Be sure to break up the turkey as it cooks. 6-8 minutes.
  4. Add in your beans and diced tomatoes
  5. Let simmer over low to medium heat for at least 30 minutes, the longer it simmers, the better it tastes. (I would recommend simmering for 2 hours for the best result).
  6. Serve hot, with any of the above suggested toppings or serving styles. Enjoy!

*This is a great dish to make ahead and freeze. Just be sure to put it into idividual containers if you don’t want it all at once!


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