easy/healthy turkey chili

Turkey chili has become a staple in our household. It’s hearty, yet healthy, all at the same time. I’d call it a clean meal, but it’s got the tiniest bit of cheese and brown sugar. Hey, a little bit won’t hurt, right? Packed with protein, this simple one-pot meal will leave you with lots of leftovers and few dishes.

easy/healthy turkey chili | The Pomegranate Bandit

easy/healthy turkey chili

makes 6 servings


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 12 oz ground turkey
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 14 oz can white beans
  • 1 14 oz can black beans
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato paste
  • 14 oz water (after dumping the beans I reused a can for the water)
  • 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder (or more as needed)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c raisins
  • shredded cheese


Heat the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium high. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Add ground turkey, and stir, separating it with a spatula into crumbles. Season with salt and pepper. When turkey is browned and there is no more pink showing, mix in the beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, and water. Bring to boil for a few seconds, and stir in the rest of the ingredients except for the cheese. Simmer on low for 30 minutes. Serve garnished with shredded cheese and enjoy!

Turkey Chili | The Pomegranate Bandit

make it yours:

This chili is mild, so if you like it hot (and I don’t mean temperature), feel free to go nuts and add a boatload of chili powder. If the raisins are too unorthodox for your taste, omit them! If you’re a vegetarian, swap the turkey for some chopped peppers and/or frozen corn. If you’re a crock pot fanatic, skip the whole sauteing thing and throw all the ingredients in your crock, and cook on low for 8 hours.

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