Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili
Baby, it’s cold outside! Or in my case, it’s a little cool. San Diego doesn’t really get too cold, but we do notice the temperature change, and we do crave warming comfort food like this Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili!
I developed this recipe during my days as the executive chef of one of LA’s leading healthy meal delivery services, and it was one of the most requested recipes of all time!
And since my mom’s heart attack, almost 3 years ago, I like to make my Heart-Healthy turkey Chili for her, and she’s a tougher customer than most!
You will not miss the added fat or calories of a classic chili recipe, or a beef chili recipe. Not only does my turkey chili taste great, but It is so quick and easy to make!
This Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili will surely be one of your favorites too!
Although Chili is an iconic American dish (some even say it’s the official state dish of Texas), it originated in Mexico in the 1500s as Chili con Carne. The meat was traditionally leftover scraps which of course, were fatty.
A classic chili recipe is usually made with beef; however, beef is usually not on heart-healthy menus. I’ve been told my Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili is so flavorful and delicious, that it’s the best chili recipe of any kind.
And yes, one of those was my mom! But there were plenty of others too! See if you agree!
Maybe it’s the heart-healthy toppings that make it this the best chili recipe? They’re included as well!
Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon mild chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 ½ cups fat-free refried black beans (1 small can)
1 ½ cups low sodium black beans (1 small can, do not drain)
1. In a bowl, combine canned tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, chili powder and one teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Set aside when well combined.
2. Mix the remaining salt and pepper into the ground turkey.
3. Spray a deep frying pan or soup pot with non-stick olive oil spray, and brown the turkey.
4. When turkey is almost finished cooking, add the diced tomato mixture and stir well.
5. Spoon out ¼ cup portions of the refried beans and place them around the pan or pot. stir until they are well combined.
6. Add the black beans, stir, and simmer until desired thickness and heated through. Usually around 10-15 minutes does it.
Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili Toppings
1 ½ cups fat-free cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups diced red onions
1 ½ cups diced tomatoes
1 cup fat-free sour cream
1 ½ cup fresh cilantro
Add Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili Toppings to plated chili in the order ingredients are listed.
Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili Tips
1. If you prefer a spicy chili, add a few dashes of hot sauce like Tapitio or Cholula
2. You can substitute tomato puree for diced tomatoes.
Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili Meal Prep
1. You can make this chili days ahead of time and heat it on the stove-top or microwave.
2. Make a double batch—it freezes really well!
Do you agree—Is this Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili the best chili recipe? Please let me know!