Easy-to-Make 7 Ingredient Turkey Chili Recipe
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to feed your family? This turkey chili recipe is perfect for those busy nights.
Turkey chili is a great dish to serve your family. It’s also a great choice for holiday meals or potlucks. The secret behind this recipe is using ground turkey instead of beef.
Turkey chili is a delicious meal that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. If you want to get ahead of the game, start cooking early and freeze some portions for later.
A Little Bit of History
Growing up in Northern Michigan, chili was a frequent dinner in the winter. It was made with ground beef and served over macaroni noodles. When I moved out on my own, I continued with this tradition.
A few years ago, I decided I really needed to make some changes if I wanted to lose some of my 150 pounds. Reading the book, The Wheat Belly, made me rethink my diet. I decided to try and find ways to replace white bread, white rice, and pasta in my meals. I replaced white rice with brown and stayed away from pizza and pasta. But what could I eat then? It was time to get creative.
I found many recipes that fit my plan and even a few that my picky eaters would eat. I now make cheddar biscuits using egg and cauliflower, chicken stir fry with brown rice, and beef and broccoli with brown rice. In addition, I replaced some of my ground beef recipes with lean ground turkey. Just a few simple tweaks to some recipes was all it took. I lost 10 pounds in no time without changing anything else.
Now that I learned a few things about how to cook healthier, I modified our family chili recipe. I replaced the ground beef with ground turkey, and I skip eating it with macaroni. I usually make a large batch at one time, keep enough for some leftovers and if there is any left, I’ll store it in the freezer.
Turkey chili is as delicious as it is nutritious. It is also very easy to make; no chopping, no measuring and you only need one pot. So, if you are a chili lover like I am, give it a try.
TURKEY CHILI RECIPE
- 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
- 1 can dark red kidney beans
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 can garbanzo beans
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 pack onion soup mix
- Chili powder to taste
Brown ground turkey in a 5-quart dutch oven until no longer pink. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 2-3 hours stirring occasionally. Alternately, after cooking the turkey, you can put everything in your crockpot and cook for approximately 6 hours on low.
My recipe is somewhat mild on the spiciness scale. If you like your chili a little spicier, try adding some chili peppers, red onions, or anything else you might like. Just experiment and have some fun. That’s what I did.
You can try replacing ground turkey in some of your other recipes as well. I replace a portion of ground beef with ground turkey in my burgers and meatloaf. My family likes the flavor of the ground beef in the burgers and meatloaf, so I just make sure to use lean ground beef. I think this is a pretty good compromise with my picky eaters. It’s a step in the right direction.
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