Easy, Protein-Packed Turkey Chili

turkey chili

I love one-pot dishes that are easy, healthy and delicious for the whole family.  This chili recipe is perfect for weeknights and full of veggies, protein and fiber.  You can adjust the dish to your taste by adding diced jalapeno, your favorite spices, or a third can of beans or lean ground beef instead of turkey.  I added more cumin, some chili powder, oregano and also a little low-sugar pasta sauce.

Tip: If using canned beans, rinse and drain them to keep the sodium content lower.

A note about ground turkey and chicken: Check the fat content.  Some types of ground poultry include the skin, fat and dark meat of the bird, and the fat content on this meat will be much higher.

Turkey Chili

Makes 6 servings, Courtesy of Muscle and Fitness Hers

INGREDIENTS

• 3 tbsp olive oil or canola oil, divided

• 1 lb ground 100% turkey breast, meat only

• 4 cloves garlic, peeled and diced

• 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped

• 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped

• 16 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

• 16 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

• 28 oz diced tomatoes, undrained

1/2 tsp ground cumin

DIRECTIONS

1/ Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey to the pan. Brown the meat, breaking it up into very small pieces as it cooks.

2/ Remove meat from the pan, and season with salt and ground black pepper, if desired; reserve.

3/ Return pan to the stove. Add remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil to pan and heat over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and pepper and cook until soft.

4/ Add meat back to the pan, and stir in beans, tomatoes, and cumin. Heat to boiling, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

PER SERVING                 

• Calories: 267

• Protein: 27g

• Carbs: 29g

• Fat: 6g

• Fiber: 9g

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