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Turkey Chili - A Healthier Version

Updated on August 4, 2013

Turkey Chili

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A few things...

Over the last month and a half my husband and I have started a low Glycemic index diet. I must say it's been a interesting few weeks. Although my husband refuses to step on a scale, I weigh myself constantly throughout the day. Yes I know this is exactly what every health care professional will tell you not to do however I feel like it keeps me on track and since I'm officially down 21 lbs its working! There is also nothing more motivating then stepping on that scale in the morning and learning the day before was a success.

One of the things we struggle with most often is how to completely change our way of life. For example this weekend we joined some family members out at the beach for a couple days and I ended up packing food to bring with us. Not main courses but snacks. Different fruits and fat free cheeses, hard boiled eggs all made great snacks which helped us keep on track. My husbands family is Nicaraguan and mine is Italian. Needless to say while we are with family Rice and Pasta seem to be on the table every day.

I've always loved to cook so I find myself constantly researching different things we can try in order to not get stuck in the standard grilled chicken and vegetable rut. One thing we both love has always been chili. It's a great low carb option that when topped with fat free cheese and fat free sour cream almost feels like a cheat food!

You will find the recipe below to be quick and simple. It's my weekly go to and very versatile. We make it and eat it as is, I've stuffed peppers with it and even topped a salad with it. Since this version of turkey chili is more chunky then others it gives you the ability to use it many different ways. The best part is, it's low in calories, high in protein and high in fiber. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Turkey Chili

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4


  • 1 -2 lbs Extra Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 White Onion
  • 1 Can Pinto Beans
  • 1 Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TSP Ground Cumin
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

What to do next?

  1. Start by browning your ground turkey in a non-stick frying pan. no oil is needed just watch it and stir often.
  2. Add onions, beans and crushed tomatoes. Follow by seasonings and stir while heating up. Feel free to adjust spices for additional taste. Change heat to low and simmer covered for about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve in 4 equal parts, top with green onions, fat free cheddar cheese and fat free sour cream.

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