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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!

A bowl turkey chili in a blue bowl next to a plate of ripe red tomatoes.

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 have always 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 meals I know of. Simple ingredients simmer together for a gloriously satisfying meal.


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

  •  olive oil
  • chopped onions
  • yellow or red pepper
  • garlic
  • ground turkey
  • Italian seasoning
  • smoked paprika
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • canned tomatoes 
  • canned black beans 
An overhead view of a bowl turkey chili topped with grated parmesan cheese in a blue bowl next to a plate of ripe red tomatoes.

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 might consider using any leftover ingredients you might have in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

  • Onions: French Onion Soup, Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Meal, Salisbury Steak
    • 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.
  • Canned black beans: Black bean hummus, Vegetarian Enchiladas, Taco Salad
    • 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.

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.

A close up of a bowl of turkey chili topped with green onions

What To Serve With Turkey Chili

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-inch skillet.

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Turkey Chili For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keywords: 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

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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