healthy turkey chili recipe from mercy health physician
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Easy Three Bean Turkey Chili Recipe – Quick, Healthy & Dr. Todd Approved

Michael Todd, MD | Nov 12 2018

This easy turkey chili recipe can be prepped and cooked in less than an hour

As the weather gets colder and our stock pots, slow cookers and Instapots emerge from the back of the cabinets, I’m always looking for tasty and easy recipes that are as healthy as they are comforting on a chilly day.

This ground turkey chili recipe is a hearty and healthy dish packed with lean protein, takes only 1 hour from start to finish, and even better, it’s certified kid- and Dr. Todd-approved!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes

Turkey Chili Recipe Ingredients

    • 4 cloves of fresh garlic
    • One onion
    • One large bell pepper
    • Large can of crushed tomatoes
    • 1 jar of tomatillo salsa
    • 1 lb ground turkey
    • 1 can black beans
    • 1 can kidney beans
    • 1 can white beans
    • 1/2 bag of frozen corn (preferably fire roasted for extra flavor!)
    • Vegetable broth – 16oz (half of one 32oz box)
    • Olive oil – 1 tbsp
    • Cumin – 1 tsp
    • Chili powder – to taste
    • Garlic powder – 1 tbsp
    • Salt – to taste
    • Black pepper – to taste


    • ground turkey chili recipeIn large stock pot, heat olive oil and sauté chopped garlic and onion together on medium heat until onion is nearly translucent
    • Add chopped bell pepper and sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes
    • Add ground turkey and cook together until turkey is mostly brown.
    • Add chopped bell pepper and frozen corn
    • Once turkey is cooked through, drain any fat / excess liquid from the mixture
    • Add beans and season mixture with cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper
    • Reduce heat to low and let simmer together for 5-7 minutes
    • Add can of crushed tomatoes (with liquid), half of your jar of tomatillo salsa, vegetable stock and stir
    • Cover and let simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally

    That’s it! In one hour you have a healthy, satisfying dish for the chilly fall and winter days. The turkey chili recipe can easily be doubled and you can freeze the extra portions for an even quicker and easier meal when you’re in a rush to get a healthy meal on the table!

    Extra healthy tip: Try adding some sliced avocado to the top of your bowl of chili to tuck in some extra omega-3 fatty acids, or if your kids are like mine were when they were younger and didn’t like “green things,” try sprinkling a small amount of ground flaxseed in before serving. They won’t even know it’s there!

Michael Todd, MD

  As a member of the Mercy Health family for over a decade, Michael U. Todd, MD oversees clinical strategy for a variety of Mercy Health’s initiatives, including the ministry's employee health and well-being program for more than 33,000 team members, our direct-to-employer strategy, including employer partners and other outside collaborators, as well as the strategy and operations of the Mercy Health Executive Well-Being program. Prior to joining Mercy Health, Dr. Todd was global medical director for GE Capital, and his clinical background includes 16 years as a family practitioner in Cincinnati. Dr. Todd earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Duke University and a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Hinsdale Hospital in Chicago, and is board certified by the American Board of Family Physicians.

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