Healthy Turkey Chili

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This easy-to-make Healthy Turkey Chili is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! With ground turkey, beans and tomatoes, it is hearty comfort food. It’s made easily in the slow cooker or Instant Pot and easily customizable by adding on all your favorite toppings. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo friendly.

Healthy turkey chili topped with avocado, diced onions and cheese.

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

This is my classic go-to healthy turkey chili recipe all fall and winter long. I think I could make this recipe with my eyes closed at this point because I truly make it weekly! It is always a huge hit and it’s one of my top rated recipes for years now. We’ve given the photos an update so more of you can find this amazing recipe. It’s perfect for game day eats or even meal prep. The best part of the chili is you can customize to your liking, some days I’ll add more vegetables based on what’s in season! For a beanless turkey chili, and to make this Whole30 compliant and Paleo, simply omit the beans! And of course you get to choose the toppings to customize your dietary needs.

A ladle full of turkey chili.

Ingredients Needed

  • Ground Turkey
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Beans (optional)
  • Broth
  • Spices
  • Tomato Sauce and Paste
  • Diced Tomatoes

A hand sprinkling cheese on turkey chili in a bowl.

How to Make It

We’ve got options for making this for both the stove top and the pressure cooker. 

Making it in the Instant Pot is great because it builds flavor quickly without much hands on time. The chili is under pressure for 15 minutes, with a quick pressure release. However, don’t forget to account for the prep time (gathering up your ingredients and dicing some up), the saute of the veggies and the time it takes to come up to pressure. It will take at most about an hour to cook this in the Instant Pot. But it’s mostly hands-off cooking time and it adds a ton of flavor.

When I cook this on the stove top I simmer it for a long time, close to 2 hours, so it’s perfect to cook on a slow Sunday afternoon. Make sure to check back in on it, stirring occasionally and adding in more water if needed.

Chili Toppings

  • Scallions
  • Avocado Slices
  • Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Diced or Marinated Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sour Cream

Cornbread with Chili?

OH yeah, if it’s your thing! Cornbread is super popular served with chili. Here is our easy recipe for cornbread and it’s a winner for sure. 

Two servings of ground turkey chili in bowls.

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Healthy Turkey Chili

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 01:50 Total Time 02:05 Serves 6-8


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or grass-fed beef
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed (optional)
  • 1-15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 1-15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1- 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, more to taste


To Cook on the Stove:

  1. Heat the oil in a large dutch oven. Once hot add onions, peppers, carrots, celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, until very softened, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Add in the garlic and the ground turkey and cook until no pink remains, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add in the remainder of the ingredients and stir together. Bring up to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer until very thickened about 1-1/2 to 2 hours, adding more water if necessary.
  4. Serve with desired garnishes.

To Cook in the Instant Pot:

  1. Heat the oil using the saute function in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Once hot add onions, peppers, carrots, celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, until very softened, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Add in the garlic and the ground turkey and cook until no pink remains, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add in the remainder of the ingredients except the beans, and only add 1 cup of water (instead of 2).
  4. Cover and set the steam valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 15 minutes and then use a quick pressure release.
  5. Open lid, and turn on the saute function. Add in the beans and cook until warmed through. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  6. Serve with desired garnishes.

Recipe Notes

  • Omit beans to make this Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly!
  • Store in refrigerator for 1 week or store in the freezer for up to 3 months!
  • This recipe was updated in 2020 with new photos.
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