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3 bean turkey chili

Healthy 3 Bean Turkey Chili

  • Author: lechefswife
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 portions 1x


The first time I ever made this Healthy 3 Bean Turkey Chili I was surprised at just how easy it was. With just 10 minutes of prep time you can have a big pot of fragrant Chili bubbling away on the stove.



1 lb Ground Turkey

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, diced

1 28 oz can Diced Tomatoes

1 15.5 oz can crushed tomatoes

3 15.5 oz cans of Kidney beans, drained

2 15.5 oz cans of black beans, drained

1 15.5oz can Pinto beans, drained

2 tsp Chili powder

1 tsp chili flakes

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp olive oil

salt & pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil on medium high heat in a large pot

Add in the onion and garlic together with the chili powder and cumin seeds. Stir frequently with a wooden spoon until the onions become translucent and the spices are nicely roasted. This is key for getting lots of flavor!

Add in the turkey meat. Use your spoon to break up the turkey meat into little pieces. Stir frequently until the meat is browned.

Add the diced tomatoes and the crushed tomatoes. Stir.

Add in the kidney beans, the black beans and the pinto beans.

Wait until Chili comes back to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium low and cover.

Allow to simmer for 30 minutes stirring frequently.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I like to serve this Chili as a healthy meal-in-a-bowl on its own or else accompanied with a grilled quesadilla.


This Chili freezes very well. I like to portion it into individual containers to pull out of the freezer when I need a quick, healthy meal.