Warm up with a bowl of this healthy, delicious, flavorful and protein packed turkey chili. This can be made on the day of or a day ahead.



  • Instead of ground turkey, you can try TVP or vegan ground beef (such as impossible meat).
  • Substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth.
  • Garnish with vegan cheese.
  • Instead of regular sour cream, you can use vegan yogurt or vegan sour cream (such as kite hill brand)

Before we get started, let’s first learn about the ingredients in this dish and some of the benefits that it provides and how it affect our body as well as things to look out for specific to your personal condition if it applies. And let’s get ready to make and indulge this super ADDICTING turkey chili!

DISCLAIMER ALERT! All of my posts are not intended to treat or override the decision to see your personal doctor or physician. I strongly advise everyone to discuss any serious condition or to your medical health provider. Everything I say and write are all based on personal experience and through reading materials provided by medical professionals. I believe everyone’s body is unique and there’s no one miracle diet or medicine for everyone! I am here only to provide and share knowledge I have learned from the general holistic wellness point of view. All of the information and recipes that I am providing are safe for majority of people. All of the information listed can be found through the reference
  • Anyone who wants to feel full and warm during the colder days!
  • For those looking for low glycemic index food, this is a great option since both the turkey and kidney beans will not spike your blood sugar.
  • If you are looking to increase the “good” HDL cholesterol. Turkey will help in getting rid of the bad cholesterol, which is what creates health conditions such as heart stroke and heart attack.
  • Anyone who is constipated can benefit as that kidney beans along with plenty of water will help give your digestion a push. ( If you don’t drink enough liquid, the fiber can and will still be backed up! So drink it up!)
  • Extra energy boost! kidney beans and chili powder can help regulate your blood sugar which keeps the energy going for a longer period of time.
  • If you are pregnant, the kidney beans are beneficial as that you can benefit from the iron and copper. (However, it is best to not over eat kidney beans! Read below for the opposite effect!)
  • Anyone who is pregnant may want to reduce the intake on kidney beans since you are more prone to getting gastrointestinal issues, and eating too much of it may aggravate these conditions.  
  • Ingesting too much kidney beans beyond normal amount can lead to development of kidney stones.
  • Anyone who has hypertension and acne may want to reduce the intake of chili. You can either use only a little or omit it!
  • If you are lactose intolerant, then you may have to omit the sour cream.
  • If you are prone to weight gain. Eat in small amounts and only eat this dish occasionally.


Arora, M., & Mukhija, M. (2021, February 17). Eating Rajma during Pregnancy: Health benefits & side effects. FirstCry Parenting. https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/eating-rajma-kidney-beans-during-pregnancy-benefits-and-risks/.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Best Turkey Chili

Warm up with a bowl of this healthy, delicious, flavorful and protein packed turkey chili. This can be made on the day of or a day ahead.
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time10 mins
Cooking Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Heart Healthy, High Protein
Yield: 6 Servings
Author: Yu-Hua Golnick


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder or 3 garlic clove minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey or TVP(vegan option)
  • 1-3 tbsp chipotle chili powder (adjust spiciness to your liking)
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 28oz canned diced tomato
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, vegan cheese, and vegan sour cream. (optional)


  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add in onion, garlic or garlic powder, and red bell pepper and sauté for5 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add in ground turkey or soaked TVP, break up gently and cook until it is no longer pink. Add in chipotle chili powder, cumin and salt. Stir to mix.
  • Stir in the canned tomatoes, broth, and kidney beans. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until chili has thickened. Taste and adjust seasonings and salt to your liking.
  • Garnish with topping of your choice.