Turkey Chili For One

Easy Turkey Chili recipe made with lean ground turkey, tomatoes, vegetables, and spices. A healthier alternative to beef chili, this flavor packed single serving meal can be ready in around 30 minutes!

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This healthy turkey chili recipe is one of the easiest, best-tasting chili recipes around. It’s filled with flavor, packed with vegetables, and can be ready in minutes.

I used to make turkey chili all the time when my kids were living at home. Actually, I would rotate between beef chili and turkey chili and my kids could never even tell the difference. My husband and I loved the turkey chili best because it’s lighter and healthier than beef chili.

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Turkey Chili

Chili is one of the most comforting foods I know of. Simple ingredients simmer together for a simply yet satisfying meal.

Ingredients In Turkey Chili

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

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  •  olive oil
  • chopped onions
  • yellow or red pepper
  • garlic
  • ground turkey
  • Italian seasoning
  • smoked paprika
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • canned tomatoes 
  • canned black beans 
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How To Make Turkey Chili

  • Begin by cooking chopped onions, minced garlic, and either a chopped red or yellow pepper in a small skillet.
  • Push the vegetables aside and brown the ground turkey in the same pan.
  • Add the seasonings to the turkey and continue to cook.
  • Add in diced tomatoes and beans.
  • Continue to cook for about 10 minutes more.

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What To Do With The Leftover Ingredients

You will use 2-ounces (about 1/2-cup) of chopped onions in this chili recipe. Cut onions can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

They may also chopped and kept in the freezer. When you are ready to use some, break off a piece of the frozen onions and toss it into your dish to thaw as you cook.

You might also consider using the rest of the onions in any of these recipes:

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You will use 2-ounces of black beans in this recipe. I used canned beans that were rinsed and drained.

Black beans can be kept in the refrigerator in a sealed container and used within a week. They may also be frozen and kept in the freezer for about 4 weeks. Thaw the beans first before using in another recipe.

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You will use 10-ounces of diced tomatoes.

Canned tomatoes can be stored in a sealed container and refrigerated for about 5 days. They may also be stored in a freezer and kept for 3 months.

Other recipes you might consider using the tomatoes in:

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Can I Use Ground Beef Instead Of Ground Turkey In This Recipe?

Yes, you can! Ground beef, ground chicken or ground pork will work in this recipe.

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What To Serve With Turkey Chili

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Optional Chili Toppings

I love adding these toppings to our turkey chili:

  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips
  • cilantro

For this turkey chili recipe, I use a 10-ounce skillet.

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Turkey Chili Recipe

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Turkey Chili For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: chili, turkey
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 457kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 ounces chopped onions
  • 1 yellow or red pepper , chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 5 ounces ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 ounces canned tomatoes (with their juices)
  • 2 ounces canned black beans , rinsed and drained
  • For topping: cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, or cilantro. (optional)


  • Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. 
    Add the chopped onions and peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  • Next, add in the ground turkey and break up the meat; stir occasionally and cook until no longer pink, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper; stir for about 10 seconds.
  • Next, add in the tomatoes and black beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, or cilantro.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1277mg | Potassium: 1642mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1197IU | Vitamin C: 251mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 7mg
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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