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Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe from The Biggest Loser cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker (crockpot) with ground turkey, beans, celery and peppers for the best turkey chili recipe. | ifoodreal.com

When I still had post-baby weight to lose, every Monday night I would watch The Biggest Loser. I found show motivational and relatable. One episode, there was healthy turkey chili recipe made and that recipe became a staple in our house, for over 5 years now. This ground turkey chili is healthier than its traditional counterparts because it’s made with leaner turkey instead of beef, chock full of vegetables and uses simple preservative-free spices like organic taco seasoning and chili powder (=> 3 must have homemade spice recipes). Oh, and chili in adobo sauce is wonderful flavour boost (depending on a brand there might be one preservative in that but…I mean, come on).

I cook my own beans, which I highly-highly recommend to do if you are into buying organic BPA free canned beans. I included both cooking methods, stovetop and slow cooker, to suit your circumstances. And if you are a chili lover like me, then you might also like crockpot buffalo chicken chili and crockpot chicken chili => both are slow cooker recipes and mild enough for kids.

How to Make Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe from The Biggest Loser cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker (crockpot) with ground turkey, beans, celery and peppers for the best turkey chili recipe. | ifoodreal.com Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe from The Biggest Loser cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker (crockpot) with ground turkey, beans, celery and peppers for the best turkey chili recipe. | ifoodreal.com

How to cook dried beans – I have had a bag of organic dried beans sitting in my pantry for weeks now. The day I cook them for freezing, I also make a dish using freshly cooked beans, usually it’s either bean mushroom soup (all that bean broth is calling for soup), mango black bean salad or garlic hummus recipe. Money savings are incredible, comparable to making kombucha from scratch savings.

Clearly, if I do not sound convincing enough, feel free to use canned beans, just remember to start with less salt than me because my beans are unsalted.

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Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe from The Biggest Loser cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker (crockpot) with ground turkey, beans, celery and peppers for the best turkey chili recipe. | ifoodreal.com  Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe from The Biggest Loser cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker (crockpot) with ground turkey, beans, celery and peppers for the best turkey chili recipe. | ifoodreal.com

Brown ground turkey, easy-peasy. If you incur any juices, just drain them into slow cooker or a bowl (for stovetop method). Turkey doesn’t have to be golden brown but would be nice for extra flavour. Level of brown-ness depends on a type of skillet you are using. Mine has high edges, so food comes out more steamed/cooked than fried.

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe from The Biggest Loser cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker (crockpot) with ground turkey, beans, celery and peppers for the best turkey chili recipe. | ifoodreal.com Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe from The Biggest Loser cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker (crockpot) with ground turkey, beans, celery and peppers for the best turkey chili recipe. | ifoodreal.com

Sauté vegetables. I did a mistake and cooked onion, garlic and celery together, which again made vegetables more steamed than fried. Cook onion and garlic first for maximum flavour, then add watery celery and peppers.

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe from The Biggest Loser cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker (crockpot) with ground turkey, beans, celery and peppers for the best turkey chili recipe. | ifoodreal.comHealthy Turkey Chili Recipe from The Biggest Loser cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker (crockpot) with ground turkey, beans, celery and peppers for the best turkey chili recipe. | ifoodreal.com

Put kids to work. They love mixing, stirring and cracking pepper, and this healthy turkey chili slow cooker or stovetop is perfect for learning kitchen basics. My boys love to help only because they see me cooking and are curious about what I’m doing, and I try hard to over come my resistance about mess and things not done “right”. Let them cook, but first cook yourself.

Crockpot turkey chili comes in handy when you want to start chili in the morning for dinner, while you are busy doing other things. Stovetop is great for a last minute dinner idea – I highly recommend to use quality dutch oven or heavy bottom pot (second choice) for even cooking.

Enjoy this Biggest Loser turkey chili!

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe from The Biggest Loser cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker (crockpot) with ground turkey, beans, celery and peppers for the best turkey chili recipe. | ifoodreal.com

Healthy Turkey Chili

Yield: 8-10 servings

Healthy Turkey Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey, extra lean
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 large bell peppers, chopped
  • 14 oz can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed*
  • 14 oz can any white beans, drained & rinsed*
  • 28 oz can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes, low sodium
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, low sodium
  • 1 tbsp chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt**
  • Ground black pepper, to taste]
  • Avocado oil or coconut oil, for frying

Directions

  1. Healthy Turkey Chili in Slow Cooker Method: Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on high heat and add ground turkey. Cook until brown or about 7 minutes, stirring and breaking into small pieces with spatula. Transfer to a large slow cooker.
  2. Return skillet to medium heat and swirl a bit of oil to coat. Add garlic and onion, sauté until translucent or 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add celery and bell peppers, sauté for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to slow cooker along with beans, tomato sauce, broth, chipotle pepper, chili powder, taco seasoning, salt and pepper, and stir. Cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours. Serve warm.
  3. Healthy Turkey Chili on Stovetop: I recommend using large dutch oven or heavy bottom pot. Follow the same steps as for slow cooker, only once turkey is browned, transfer it to a bowl. Then sauté vegetables and add pre-cooked ground turkey back in the dutch oven along with remaining ingredients. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer on low heat for about 1 hour.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 5 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Notes

*Learn how to cook dried beans and freeze for later - saves a lot of money vs. buying BPA canned organic beans. **You might need to add more salt if tomatoes and beans you are using are not low sodium or salt free (for example, my cooked beans are unsalted).

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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving = 1.5 cup:
Calories: 271.6
Total Fat: 2.0 g
Cholesterol: 45.0 mg
Sodium: 673.0 mg
Total Carbs: 33.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 8.0 g
Protein: 33.8 g
WW Points+: 6

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37 Comments

  1. Amy

    I just cooked this for dinner tonight — delicious!! I had to make a few little modifications because I own the world’s smallest crockpot (literally) and couldn’t fit everything inside, so I made it in a pot on the stove and simmered it for an hour instead. My guy is really picky and doesn’t like cooked celery, so I added extra bell peppers. But he said it deserved a place in our dinner rotation! 🙂 I can’t wait to try your Buffalo Chicken Chili too!

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    • Olena

      Oh, that’s awesome, Amy! Means a lot to hear a positive feedback from another food blogger. I get nervous (a bit) when other food bloggers make my recipes. It’s like when I entertain, I feel I gotta deliver – I am a food blogger.:)

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  2. Karen

    I just assembled this in the crockpot, an I can’t wait to have it all week!

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    • Olena

      Awesome! You can also freeze the leftovers. I know my recipes make many servings but I like leftovers and I have 3 men to feed. Enjoy!

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  3. Nata

    Either I was really hungry or this turkey chili was amazing! It was probably both. I was never a big fan of chili but this was so good! Would def be making this again and again!

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    • Olena

      Haha. I think both. This chili is my favourite so far. Glad I changed your outlook on the chili world.

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  4. Seanna

    Made this today, and the verdict from my picky 14 year old is that this is delicious. :). I haven’t tested it myself yet (it’s not quite dinner time yet) but it smells fantastic! I did notice that it’s very soupy, though, and I followed the recipe very carefully. Wondering if I should add less chicken broth next time… Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Olena

      Sure, if you would like to. Mine wasn’t soupy. I wonder if a lot of condensation went into the crock pot off the lid once you took it off?! But still shouldn’t be that much. Feel free to adjust the liquid. I’m flattered my recipe impressed the teenager.:) Enjoy!

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      • Seanna

        Thanks for the reply. I finally got to eat some after I sent the first message, and it was fabulous! BOTH of my teenage girls enjoyed it, and as a matter of fact, my 14 year old daughter had 2 small bowls before she went to dance, and another one when she got home! I’m about to make it again, but this time I’m trying it with less broth. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the condensation from the lid, and I ended up cooking the extra liquid off on the stove, but it was otherwise awesome enough to serve it again so soon! 🙂

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        • Olena

          You could also add some crushed healthy tortilla chips or masa flour to thicken it a bit. Cornmeal would work too. Glad all girls loved it!!!

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          • Seanna

            Thanks! I missed that reply, but that might work for next time, which is tomorrow. 🙂 One more question…Do you use red bell peppers, or green? 🙂

          • Olena

            I use whatever kind I have on hand and is cheaper at that time. For this chili I used red, yellow and orange.

  5. Joanna

    Wondering if it completely messes up the entire chili if you don’t do the pre-cooking? Would you be able to throw the veggies and (raw, thawed) ground turkey into the crock pot? If not what about if I cooked the ground turkey the night before, refrigerated it, and threw that in the next morning?

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    • Olena

      Don’t! I did it once and it was disgusting! My meal was like a baby food, yuk. It was disgusting!:) Pre-cooking the night before – yes, absolutely.

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  6. Joanna

    Thank you! I just pre-chopped all my veggies and am about to pre-cook the ground turkey. Ill have enough time to quick saute the veggies and toss e everything in the crock pot on my lunch break. Excited to have this for dinner tomorrow 🙂

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  7. Melissa

    I am cooking this now, waiting on the veggies to cook and then it’ll all go in the crock pot, I’m excited about this but hope it’s ready before I leave for work.

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  8. Erika Demars

    THIS is my favorite chili ever!!! Fantastic. If you want to spice it up, put some drops of Frank Hot in your serving !!!

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  9. Christina

    Made this last night and LOVED it! This is definitely being saved for future meals.

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  10. Krista

    Also made this one! Just yesterday. Had leftovers today for lunch and it was even better! Really really yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

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  11. kathy

    i made this chilli and my husband who never eats chilli asked me to make it again i added mushrooms and a can of corn to mine just because i wanted a little more veggies and it turned out perfect thanks for a great recipe i also used ground vegetarian meat because my daughter is vegetarian and turned out perfect definitely a great recipe

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    • Olena

      WOW! I know it’s hard to cook when you are dealing with different tastes and diets. Sometimes I wanna shoot myself too! Glad everyone liked it.

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  12. Meredith

    I made your chilli tonight. I used half Italian sausage and the other half ground turkey, put in 2.5 jalepenos oh and a teaspoon of tobasco. Flavors taste great

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  13. Nicole

    This sounds amazing! Can’t wait to make it tomorrow! My daughter is allergic to bell peppers 🙁 do you have any recommendations for a replacement? Thanks!

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  14. Kacey Kell

    This was so delicious! I added 2 jalapeños and just a bit of coconut sugar. My husband cannot stop talking about how delicious it was (which is nice, because normally I get teased for being the worst cook in the family!)

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  15. Ruth

    Made this, with minimal alterations, I forgot the broth, doubled up on both beans, and used 3 different colored bell peppers – though I don’t think the last technically counts as an alteration. I too love left overs and had planned on using them for Chili baked potatoes later in the week. I let it cook all day while I was at work, Stopped by my home for 5 mins to declare dinner ready and left for about an hour on a walk. I was lucky to get a bowl, my family LOVED this dish! They want it again and soon. Still looking forward to Chili topped baked potatoes so they will probably get their wish soon! Thank you so much, I love having a healthy delicious meal to feed my family of 8 without having to spend all night in the kitchen! As soon as I am able I am going to invest in getting your cookbook! Looking forward to more delicious recipes! Thank you!

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    • Olena

      Hi, Ruth. You are very welcome. It is not my recipe but I will take credit for delivering it to you LOL. Your life sounds very familiar to me. To feed 8, wow! I can barely feed 4 of us, constantly cooking. I Love taking walks too and big pot meals with leftovers which seem to disappear fast. Chili loaded baked potatoes sounds AMAZING. I should make them too! Take care.

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  16. Courtney

    As a very busy on the go mom, I’m a huge fan of anything that can be made in a crockpot. This was so delicious. The only thing I added was black beans (love black beans). I topped it off with some chopped green oinions, a dollop of Nonfat Plain Greek yogurt, and a few slices of avacado. The rest of my family had some grated cheese on top of theirs, but I am trying to be good. I will definitely be keeping this recipe and making many more times in the future. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  17. Audrey

    Can you freeze this ahead of time if you cook the meat first?? Trying to have freezer meals on hand ahead of time! I have cooked this recipe and loved it!

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  18. Nicole

    Making this chili right now although I can’t seem to figure out why I have SO much of it?! I have a 6 quart crock pot and couldn’t fit everything in so I only used 1/2 the veggies unfortunately 🙁
    If 1 serving is 1.5 cups and there’s 8 servings, I definitely have WAY more than 12 cups. Anyone else run into this?

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