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Skinny Turkey Chili

Okay, I totally just jumped on the “calling recipes ‘skinny'” bandwagon.

Skinny Turkey Chili | #recipeI’m only kind of sorry. “Skinny Turkey Chili” sounds way more appetizing than “Healthy Turkey Chili,” or “Low-Calorie Turkey Chili,” don’t you think?

So, yes, this chili is ridiculously healthy—low in fat, high in protein, and low calorie—but it’s also ridiculously tasty!

Of course, this isn’t any sort of “traditional” chili, but ya know, it’s no fun when people want to hold things to certain standards, and say they have to be one way, or no way. *Ahem* For instance, I’ve been getting a lot of hate lately (not here on the blog because you guys are amazing and I love you) for the cake I posted this week—the Red, White, and Blue Cake. Why? Because apparently some people seem to think I’m not allowed to have “blue” in the title unless the cake itself is dyed blue. You can never please ’em all, I guess.

Skinny Turkey Chili | #recipe Skinny Turkey Chili | #recipeEnough about cake, let’s talk about this chili. It’s chock full of turkey, tomatoes, bell peppers, black beans, onions and lots of yummy seasonings–including a couple that one may find a bit out of the ordinary. A dash or worcestershire sauce gives a wonderful depth of flavor, and cinnamon brings in warmth.

I like to top my serving with diced avocado and pickled jalapeño, but greek yogurt would also be delicious. Mikey likes a nice heap of shredded cheese on his. It would also be awesome with a side of Zucchini Cornbread. Basically, what I’m saying is that however you enjoy it, it’s dang good.

By the way, Happy Friday the 13th! There’s a full moon tonight! This will be the last full moon on a Friday the 13th until 2049, so enjoy it!

P.S—Just watched the season finale of Orange is the New Black, last night, and now I’m going through withdrawals since I have no more episodes to watch 🙁

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Skinny Turkey Chili

Yield: 6 servings (at around 266 calories each)

Skinny Turkey Chili


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 small yellow onions chopped
  • 20 oz. ground turkey breast
  • 28 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 13.5 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • to serve:
  • avocado, pickled jalapeños, greek yogurt, cheese, etc.


  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add in the garlic, bell pepper, onion, salt and pepper, and cook for 5-8 minutes until the onion is translucent. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
  2. Add the turkey into the pan along with a pinch of salt, and brown. Add the onion mixture back in, along with the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for an hour. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
  3. Serve with desired toppings.

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4 Responses to “Skinny Turkey Chili”

  1. Gayle — June 13, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I am a huge chili fan and this skinny version looks so delicious! Absolutely love that turkey is in here, too. Pinned!

    • Rachael replied: — June 13th, 2014 @ 9:22 am

      Thanks for pinning, Gayle!

  2. Sarah — June 13, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Ugh. Haters. Their opinion doesn't matter one little bit. That cake was amazing and don't let anyone tell you it wasn't! Now on a lighter note, this chili looks fabulous, Rachael! I love turkey chili even more than regular beef chili, so I'm all over this! Add a ton of avocado on top with some cornbread on the side and I think I'll be set for life! 🙂 Pinned!

    • Rachael replied: — June 13th, 2014 @ 9:24 am

      Thanks, Sarah! I usually am pretty good about ignoring he haters, but every once in a while it gets to you, ya know?

      And I so agree! Avocado and cornbread are probably my favorite chili toppings of all time. I love to crumble cornbread over top!

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