This healthy turkey chili recipe is so easy. Simply dump it in the NinjaFoodi or pressure cooker, turn it on and you’re done. I’ve included stovetop options as well as instructions on how to make this chili recipe Whole30 compliant.
Healthy Turkey Chili
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I know you’re going to love this recipe for healthy turkey chili.
Do you know how I know? Because you very well could have kale in your fridge that’s ready to go bad right now and you can’t force yourself to make a salad.
So add it to your chili! Yup, I’m talking about a turkey chili with kale. It sounds weird, but you don’t even notice it. It adds an extra surge of veggies to the mix and it saves you money from allowing another bundle of kale to go bad.
How to make chili Whole30 compliant
It’s easy to make any turkey chili recipe (or rather any recipe) Whole30 approved. You simply have to look at the recipe and take out the ingredients that are not Whole30 approved.
In this case, it would be black beans.
Black beans are healthy, there is nothing wrong with them. However, since Whole30 is essentially an elimination diet, beans can be troublesome on some people’s digestive systems (which is why they’re eliminated, just in case you’re one of those people and you just need to find out).
Aside from that, you would just have to make sure that your chicken broth didn’t have any additives or sugar in it and you’re good.
If you’re looking for a Whole30 approved bone broth, Kettle and Fire have an amazing variety.
If you’re new to Whole 30, click the link below and I’ll send you a Whole30 grocery list (and be sure to check out my What do you need for Whole30 post.
Turkey Chili variations
There are many ways to whip up a turkey chili recipe and make it your own.
In all honesty, every time I make it, it’s a little different.
This time I used kale because I had kale ready to go bad in the fridge and I didn’t want it to go to waste. You can basically add any vegetable you want to your chili to health it up.
Experiment and see what works for your family.
Vegetables to add to turkey chili
There are a number of different vegetables to add to chili, here are a few of my common add ins.
- bell peppers (all colors)
- black beans, pinto beans, etc
How to make healthy turkey chili on the stovetop
This is my preferred method when it comes to cooking chili.
There is something about good old fashioned cooking that makes any recipe better. The room fills with aroma, and the food just comes out better.
I recommend cooking the ground turkey, celery, and onion together first. Once the meat is cooked, add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil then turn the heat down, cover and let simmer.
The longer it simmers, the better but I recommend at least 35-40 minutes.
Remember, chili (and soup) is always better the next day. I call it refrigerator magic.
How to make turkey chili in the InstantPot
If you’re looking to make InstantPot Turkey Chili or use any pressure cooker, the instructions are the same as the Ninja Foodi.
The Ninja Foodi is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and air fryer in one (plus it does a million other things that I haven’t even tried).
You’ll add all of the ingredients, cook it on high pressure for 25 minutes and let it manually release.
If you’re in a hurry
You can totally throw together the raw ground turkey in with everything and let it cook but, if you have a few extra minutes, I recommend at least cooking it first on the saute mode.
I say that because the end product looks better when the turkey is cooked first.
What to serve with chili
I love serving chili (or any soup) with buns or bread. These gluten-free biscuits are amazing with it (I made them on the same day).
I also love to serve up leftover chili over top of raw broccoli (or lightly steamed) for a boost of vegetables. I know it sounds odd, but try it!
You may also like these healthy soup recipes:
Healthy Turkey Chili
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 1 onion diced
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 cup kale chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 14oz cans fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 14oz can black beans drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsps tomato paste
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsps cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup chicken broth
- toppings: avocado, greek yogurt, cheddar
Ninja Foodi/InstantPot/Pressure Cooker Instructions
- Please read the notes below to see if you should cook the ground turkey first.
- Add all of the ingredients to the pot. Put on the lid, seal and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Let it manually release (takes roughly 25 minutes). Serve with optional avocado, greek yogurt, or cheddar cheese.
Stove Top Instructions
- Heat a medium stockpot over medium-high heat. Add turkey, celery, green pepper, and onion together. Sautee until turkey is cooked.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (excluding the toppings), bring to a boil then turn the heat down, cover and let simmer for a minimum of 35-40 minutes. You may have to add another cup or two of chicken broth.
- Serve with optional avocado, greek yogurt, or cheddar cheese.