Lean Turkey Chili with Corn, Bell Pepper, and Green Chiles

Healthy Turkey Chili

  • Author: Kathleen Higashiyama
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Healthy Turkey Chili is a healthy, hearty chili made with lean turkey, kidney beans, corn, and bell pepper. It’s loaded with protein and fiber without sacrificing any flavor. This heart-healthy dinner can be made on a weeknight in under an hour and yields plenty of leftovers.




  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes with juices
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 15 oz can whole kernel corn, juice drained
  • 2 15 oz cans kidney beans, juice drained
  • 1 can 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • 1 batch of Crunchy Garlic Tortilla Strips
  • Cojita or shredded cheddar cheese
  • Greek yogurt, sour cream, or creme fraiche
  • Cilantro
  • Diced green onions
  • Diced red onion
  • Lime wedges


In a 5 quart dutch oven or large pot, heat oil on medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion and cook until the onion is fragrant and translucent, about 3-5 minutes.

Add turkey breast and break apart the meat into crumbly pieces. Allow the turkey to cook until it is no longer pink. Stir in garlic and soy sauce, and simmer for 3 more minutes.

Add tomatoes, water, corn, kidney beans, chiles, bay leaf, cumin, chili flakes, and salt. Stir the ingredients until well-mixed.

Cover the pot and turn the heat down to low-medium. Allow the chili to simmer for 25 minutes.

Once cooked, let the chili sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken. Serve in bowls and garnish with Crunchy Garlic Tortilla Strips, cheese, Greek yogurt, onions, cilantro, and lime juice.


To make Healthy Turkey Chili spicier, add another can of diced green chiles or more chili flakes.

To make vegan, substitute turkey with an additional can of kidney beans.

Store in an air-tight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in a pot on medium heat and stir occasionally. 


  • Calories: 987
  • Sugar: 13.1g
  • Sodium: 1759mg
  • Fat: 14.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 174.4g
  • Fiber: 38g
  • Protein: 62.2g
  • Cholesterol: 42mg

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