hearty healthy turkey chili

Hearty Healthy Turkey and Bean Chili

  • Author: Tiffany La Forge
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: chili


Healthy, hearty and immensely satisfying turkey chili is loaded with veggies, fiber, and spices. Raw cocao powder helps mellow the heat, while making this an easy, flavorful dish.



  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1½ cups frozen fire-roasted corn
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon raw cocao powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of chili flakes (to taste)
  • Sea salt + pepper, to taste

For Serving:

  • Brown rice
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Crumbled tortilla chips


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot and saute onion, carrots, bell pepper, celery, and garlic until softened, but not browned. About 5-7 minutes. Season with sea salt and pepper.
  2. Add the turkey to the pot and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink.
  3. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, cocao powder, paprika, chili flakes, and a generous pinch of sea salt + pepper. Cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Stir in can of diced tomatoes, chicken broth, corn, and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes to let the chili thicken and deepen its flavors.
  5. Serve on brown rice, topped with fresh cilantro, cheddar cheese, light sour cream, avocado, and/or crumbled tortilla chips. Enjoy!