Turkey chili

Ellen Sorlen

Founder & Owner of Nourish With Ellen

As the founder of Nourish, I am always looking for ways to bring joy and comfort to my clients. Cooking and sharing meals with loved ones is a timeless tradition that brings people together and creates memories that last a lifetime. That's why I am thrilled to share this recipe with you. Not only is it delicious, but it's a simple and easy way to show your loved ones how much you care. I hope that this dish will become a staple in your home, just as it has in ours. Enjoy!

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I just love this turkey chili. A friend of mine made this and I just have to share the recipe with you guys. It’s the perfect dish to batch cook and keep in the fridge for when you don’t have the energy to prepare dinner or you need something quick when working from home. It can be eaten on its own with an extra portion of veggies or together with rice or some sourdough bread. I love the fact that it’s so quick and easy to prepare and it tastes amazing.

Turkey is a great source of protein which is important for hormone, liver and muscle health. It’s a low calorie option and is a great substitute if you tend to enjoy chicken. Turkey is rich in tryptophan which the body need for the production of serotonin, the happy hormone. It’s also required to make melatonin, the hormone involved in sleep regulation.

You will need

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground turkey, white and dark combined
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped, or 1 tablespoon, dried
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 cups canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth, fresh or canned.
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cans of drained red kidney beans


The ground turkey can be substituted for ground chicken. If you prefer some other beans, black beans work well as well and you can even do a mix of 50/50 kidney beans and black beans for variety.


  • Heat the oil over high heat in a large pot and add the turkey meat. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, chopping down and stirring with the side of a wooden kitchen spoon to break up any lumps
  • Add the onions, garlic, red pepper, celery, oregano, chili powder and cumin. Mix it together and cook for 5 mins
  • Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes
  • Add the drained beans and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes longer
  • Serve in bowls together with vegetables, rice or some bread