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One Pot Turkey Chili

Our weather has been cooling down, and that means it is time for chili! Chili has always been a cold weather staple in our house. It is warm, hearty, and everyone loves it! With the new year, we are making an effort to eat healthier as a family, so we decided to make this one pot turkey chili as opposed to our regular chili with beef and sausage. I have to say, it was a hit! Not too spicy but not bland at all. The kids loved it, and we had plenty of leftovers for lunches. So if you are looking for a somewhat healthier version of a classic chili, then you my friend have come to the right place!

One Pot Turkey Chili

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One Pot Turkey Chili

As I mentioned earlier, my family is working towards a healthier year in 2018. This isn’t going to be an overnight change, but one that comes slowly. Healthy lifestyle changes need to be adapted to slowly in order for them to really stick. One of the first changes we have decided to make, is substituting out ground beef in favor for turkey in a lot of our staple recipes. Ground turkey seems to be leaner and I got quite a bit of it for a really great price recently. Our first real venture into using our ground turkey was this one pot turkey chili, and I have to say it was a hit! Even my husband, who was very skeptical, went back for seconds.

One Pot, Easy Cleanup

I love how simple this recipe is, and how easy cleanup is. One pot meals, in general, are my favorites to make. Less dishes makes me a happy mom for sure! For almost all of my one pot meals, I like to use my Dutch Oven. I received it as a wedding gift a few years back, and it has been my bestie since day one. This thing can do some serious cooking, and you can make just about anything in it.

one pot turkey chili

There she is in all her glory. I will say, she gets hot super fast, so you pretty much always have to use a low heat setting. It reminds me of a slow cooker in the way it cooks, but typically cooks much faster. Bonus, it is easy to clean! I have had some serious burns in this thing and there as been nothing that an SOS pad and a good soak hasn’t been able to remove.

One Pot Turkey Chili

One Pot Turkey Chili
5 from 1 vote

One Pot Turkey Chili

One Pot turkey chili. Hearty and delicious with less fat that the classic. 


  • 1 Lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 Can Corn Drained
  • 1 Can Chili Beans Drained
  • 1 Can Black Beans Drained
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Can Stewed Tomatoes Optional
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Can Plain Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Onion
  • Chili Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Dice your onion and cook it in your pot along with the turkey and minced garlic

  2. Once turkey is fully cooked, add in all canned ingredients. 

  3. Stir and allow to simmer about 10 minutes, adding in spices to taste

  4. Stir in Tomato paste and allow to simmer for about 15 more minutes

  5. Serve and enjoy!

one pot turkey chili

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Monday 18th of May 2020

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Julie pl

Thursday 11th of January 2018

I actually prefer the turkey chili over the red meat. You don’t have all of that grease floating around. Looks like a yummy recipe!

Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

Friday 5th of January 2018

My mom would totally love this. I don’t eat meat anymore, but maybe I can bring this over to her house one day for family day. Thanks!


Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

I love chilli, I usually buy it from wendy's but this recipe is making want try out my cooking skills! Looks very delicious

Amber Marie

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

Yummmm! Chili is such a great winter dish! I love this recipe because it’s in one pot, and it’s a healthier alternative to traditional chilis.

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