Turkey Chili - With Vegetarian Option

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This Turkey Chili recipe is great for parties and to warm you up on cold winter days. Plus it’s a delicious way to get a lot of healing herbs into your diet with cumin, oregano, chili powder, and more. Make it vegetarian by swapping out the turkey and adding more of your favorite veggies.

Yield: 6-8 | Cook Time: 1 hour


  • 1 lb ground turkey

  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped

  • 1 sweet red, orange or yellow bell pepper, diced

  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, diced with seeds removed for less heat (*optional)

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh or 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced or crushed tomatoes

  • 8 oz free range chicken broth

  • 2 cups kidney beans, pinto beans or combination of both, cooked

  • 1 teaspoon each of sea salt & pepper (or more to taste)

  • *Optional add-ins: sweet corn, sliced black olives

  • *Make this vegetarian by omitting the turkey meat and adding other vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini, or any of your favorites.


Warm a teaspoon of oil in a pan and brown the ground turkey meat until thoroughly cooked and set aside.

In a medium to large pot, warm the rest of the oil and sauté the onions, celery, peppers, garlic and any other optional vegetables that are firm. (Wait to add sweet corn, zucchini or other soft vegetables with the beans.) Once the vegetables begin to sweat add the oregano, chili and cumin seasonings. Sauté for 10 minutes until the herbs release their aroma.

Add diced tomatoes, broth, cooked turkey meat, and bay leaf to the onion mixture and bring to a simmer for 15 minutes.

Stir in kidney beans and any other optional ingredients and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.

Turn off the heat and let the chili rest for ideally 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Reheat and serve.

Tip: This chili has a nice kick but is still family-friendly. To reduce the heat of the chili omit the jalapeno, add only half the chili seasoning and wait until the end to add more or add tomato sauce as desired.