A pot of easy turkey chili with a ladle in it.

Easy Turkey Chili

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


Easy Turkey Chili is a hearty and delicious weeknight dinner recipe. It’s made with healthy ground turkey, kidney beans, and tasty chili spices. It’s a guaranteed winner!



  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 red bell peppers, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 lb extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes (or more if you like it really spicy)
  • 128-ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 115-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar or honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and add the onion. Mince the peppers, celery, and garlic and add them as you finish cutting them. Once the onion starts to brown, about 7-8 minutes, add the turkey and let it cook until it is no longer pink.
  2. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and (if using) the chili flakes. Stir the spices and break up the turkey meat into small pieces.
  3. Add the tomatoes to the pot and bring the pot to a boil. Turn the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in the beans and let them warm through. Add the coconut sugar or honey then season to taste with salt and pepper.


Tasty toppings: sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, cilantro, green onions, sliced jalapeños, corn chips.

We love to serve this with my Best Greek Salad Recipe or, for a special treat, some Cheesy Chili Zucchini Cornbread Muffins.