This is THE BEST Easy Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe I got from The Biggest Loser years ago that I cook year round on the stove or in slow cooker (crockpot).
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour 17 minutes
Total Time:1 hour 22 minutes
Yield:8-10 servings 1x
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
Healthy Turkey Chili in Slow Cooker: 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.
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.
Healthy Turkey Chili on the Stove: I recommend using large dutch oven or heavy bottom pot. Follow the same steps as for slow cooker, only once turkey is browned, transfer 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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