Healthy Chili Recipe

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Healthy 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 healthy chili on the web.

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


  • 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


  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.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.


*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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