Three Bean Turkey Chili

There are certain foods that always come to mind when the weather begins to turn cold. You know, when the clouds come in and you feel the chill in the air?  That’s when I want a hot bowl of my Three Bean Turkey Chili.


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I’ve been making this chili for years! It is quick, easy to make, and it is always a hit in our house. It is loaded with fiber rich beans, ground turkey, tomatoes, and green chiles.

I love beans; they are excellent sources of protein, soluble, and insoluble fiber.  Beans are good sources of folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium. The other thing that is great about beans is they are digested and absorbed slowly. This means they will keep you feeling full and don’t cause a spike in blood sugar levels.


Three Bean Turkey Chili | Pick Fresh Foods

Three Bean Turkey Chili
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 (16 oz) can reduced sodium light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (16 oz) can reduced sodium pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can chili beans
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced red tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1(4.5 oz) can chopped green chiles
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cups water
  1. In a large pot brown ground turkey over medium heat; drain off the fat.
  2. Add onions to meat and sauté until soft. Add garlic, sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add beans, tomatoes, chiles, and seasoning to the pot.
  4. Cover with water and stir to combine.
  5. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent chili from sticking to pot.


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A bowl of this healthy, hearty chili is sure to warm you up. It is a delicious flavor and texture combination with a little spicy kick.  I add only one can of the green chiles because my kiddos aren’t fans of spicy food, but you can surely add more.



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  1. Love this turkey chili Cindy! Perfect for warming up with on these cold and snowy days we’ve been getting lately too and I love the extra kick of heat in here too :)

  2. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    The weather here screams chili, so I need to make this asap! Love that your version is healthier with the turkey and stuff : )

    • I prefer ground turkey over beef, but choosing lean is the best way to make it healthy. Add lots of beans gives this chili some great staying power. Thanks Consuelo

  3. Mmmmm …. I love me some chili! And this time of year it is soooo perfect! We had our 5th snow day today, so it’s been quite a winter! I’m ready for spring for the weather, but I love the hearty and delicious chili recipes that winter offers! :)
    Love the different beans you used, and the turkey is always a yummy addition, as well!
    Your pics are great – looks like I could just reach right in and grab that fabulous bowl!

    • Thanks Gretchen! You are so right, this winter is a bit crazy. We usually don’t get our big snow storms this early in the year. Thankfully, I do love the snow and cold. Get ready cause I think we are sending some more cold weather your way. A batch of this Three Bean Chili is sure to keep you warm, well at least your tummy warm.

  4. Glad to read a blog from someone who likes beans as much as I do. Your hearty chili is good for any weather. Your chili erases bad days and makes good days that much better. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  5. looks so comforting!

  6. Really like the idea of making a chili out of turkey and beans. Definitely a bit healthier than the classic beef version :-)

  7. Oh I LOVE chili. I was just craving it a couple of days ago. I had a friend that said he’s never had chili before, and I was like WTH? I always thought it was one of those foods that most Americans grew up eating. And when he brought it up, it totally made me crave some. And now I am craving it again after reading your post! So nice on cold days. How cold is it there where you live? Here in cali, it’s been around 50s…..FREEZING! I know east coasters would laugh at us lol.

    • My mom never made chili when we were growing up, I started making it around the end of my high school year and have been ever since. It’s so delicious and perfect for these darn cold days. I’m in colorado, last 2 days have been in the negatives! I’m originally from Texas so this is extremely cold. What part of Cali? I lived out there for a bit in orange county. Stay warm 😀

  8. I’m with you Cindy – cold weather means chili, and I love beans. I love how healthy they are – and they taste great. This chili looks fantastic!

    • Thanks Kristi! See that’s why I like you…we think alike 😀 Chili is my favorite when it’s cold. I make it a lot!

  9. There is nothing I want more on a cold winter day than a big ole’ bowl of chili! I always make huge batches and just store double-servings of it for my wife and I in the freezer. I love how fast this chili comes together!

    • That’s what I need to start doing…freezing foods. I just never do that, but it would be so much easier than making several times a month 😀

  10. I could eat chili every single night, and that’s no lie. I love it the most with ground turkey, so this chili looks fantastic, Cindy! Pinning.

    • Thanks for pinning, Marcie 😀 I like to make a batch of chili and I can seriously eat it everyday for lunch. It is just that good 😀

  11. I have been craving chili lately so this bowl looks like it would hit the right spot!


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