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6 Turkey Chili Recipes to Mix Up Your One-Pot Meals

March 22, 2024
Courtesy of All the Healthy Things

No matter the season, chili is always a good idea. When it’s cold outside, it warms you up. But it’s just as delicious spooned on a hot dog at a summer barbecue. Plus, chili is a one-pot meal, so it’s hassle-free. 

The best part: There are so many ways to flavor your chili. We focused on recipes featuring ground turkey. Some of the best turkey chili recipes channel your favorite flavors, while others are unexpected — but all stay true to the ease, convenience, and heartiness of chili. Simply let the ingredients simmer on the stove and you’ve got your new favorite dinner.

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1. Turkey and Bean Chili

turkey chili recipes: traditional chili

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

This classic chili recipe is high in protein thanks to kidney beans and ground turkey. Cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper bring hearty flavor and heat, which blends well with the sweetness of crushed tomatoes and corn. Top with tortilla chips for a salty crunch. 

Try the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

2. White Turkey Chili

turkey chili recipes: white bean

Courtesy of Cafe Delites

White turkey chili starts with a creamy base with chicken stock and a little half-and-half. If you prefer to go dairy-free, try unsweetened coconut milk. Add white beans for extra protein and jalapeños for a spicy bite that cuts through some of the richness.

Try the recipe from Cafe Delites.

3. Cilantro and Spinach Turkey Chili

turkey chili recipes: cilantro and parsley

Courtesy of Bread and Honey

Cilantro and Italian parsley offer an herby twist to turkey and bean chili. A hefty handful of spinach not only offers a pop of color, but also packs fiber. A touch of brown sugar and cinnamon add just a hint of sweetness, balancing the savory turkey, tomatoes, and spices.

Try the recipe from Bread and Honey.

4. Turkey Chorizo Hatch Chili

turkey chili recipes: hatch chorizo

Courtesy of The Curious Plate

If you like your chili with a hefty dose of heat, this one’s for you. This recipe calls for turkey, chorizo, and beans for a spicy, protein-packed bowl. Use fire-roasted tomatoes for smokiness and top with a dollop of sour cream to cool things down just enough.

Try the recipe from The Curious Plate.

5. Black Bean Butternut Squash Turkey Chili

turkey chili recipes: butternut squash

Courtesy of All the Healthy Things

Like many turkey chili recipes, start with your ground turkey, beans, and seasonings — but this time, add butternut squash for a hint of sweetness and depth. Finish with some herbs, cheese, and avocado. Bonus: Replace your sour cream topping with Greek yogurt for a higher-protein alternative.

Try the recipe from All the Healthy Things.

6. Indian-Spiced Turkey Chili

turkey chili recipes: indian style

Courtesy of Two Healthy Kitchens

This turkey chili recipe gets its inspiration from Indian flavors like garam masala, turmeric, and curry powder. Simmer these rich spices along with garlic, onion, and tomato sauce. Take your time; the more time you let these flavors develop, the better your chili will taste. 

Try the recipe from Two Healthy Kitchens.

Read next: 15 Flavorful Dinner Recipes That Start With Ground Turkey

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