Ryan’s Healthy Turkey Chili

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This is my healthy Turkey Chili Recipe which was derived from my Dad’s chili recipe that I became well acquainted with growing up. Since I left the nest, I have continued to make and tweak this recipe while making it for friend and family. It has won chili cook-offs and turned many heads. It is a very simple recipe, but you won’t be disappointed.

Ryan's Healthy Turkey Chili


-4 cans Diced Tomatoes (regular or petite diced 14.5 ounce cans)
-2 cans of Red Kidney Beans (14.5 ounce)
-1 can of Tomato Sauce (14.5 ounce)
-1 medium yellow onion
-1 bell pepper (color of your choice but I usually use green or yellow)
-1 to 1.5 pounds of lean ground turkey
-Sliced pickled jalapenos (approximately 20 -30 slices is what I use)
-2 to 3 tbsp of juice from jalapeno jar
-Salt to taste
-3 to 4 tbsp of chili powder


– Dice onion and bell pepper
– Brown ground turkey, bell pepper, and onion together in skillet
– Drain Grease if there is any
– Combine tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beans in crock pot or large sauce pan
– Add turkey/onion/bell pepper mix
– Add jalapeno slices and jalapeno juice
– Add salt to taste and chili powder
– Allow to cook on low heat until warmed through. It is now ready to eat, however, it is recommended that you cook it for several hours to allow the flavors to mingle. I usually put it in the crockpot in the morning and have it for dinner that evening.

Approximate Nutritional Breakdown:

Serving Size: 1 cup
Servings per pot: approximately 10
Calories per serving: 150
Fat: 3 g
Protein: 13 g
Carbohydrates: 17 g

I hope you enjoy. Comments are welcome!

Ryan Chapman
B.A.S.E. Training


  • Amy Quick

    August 31, 2011

    First of all, you won me over by the delicious pieces of jalapeno in the picture. And then I found the intriguing idea of jalapeno juice in the chili. Genius! I am always looking for interesting chili ideas to help me make my own chili more my own. My only question is . . . is chili powder really the only spice you use? Interesting. I almost always add cinnamon (just a tad, a little goes a long, long way), salt, pepper, hot sauce (although this may not be necessary due to the use of the jalapeno juice), and cumin. You can’t have chili without cumin, in my opinion. And sometimes I add a small square of dark chocolate. Either way, I love the simplicity of your recipe compared to mine. Yet I can tell it yours is beautiful and has a lot of flavor. Will definitely be trying this, especially since yours is probably somewhat more healthy than mine. 🙂

    • BASEtraining

      August 31, 2011

      Hi Amy! Thanks for the comment. The jalapeno juice is the ticket. I do actually use salt and pepper when I cook the meat. I do not use cumin or cinnamon or chocolate but I have heard of others using those. Defenitely let me know how you like it when you try it!!!