Low Carb Turkey Chili

This low carb turkey chili is an easy recipe to make for dinner. This chili will not only warm you up on a cold night but it saves and reheats well.

Make this easy low carb turkey chili tonight.
Make this easy low carb turkey chili tonight.


  • Ground Turkey: I choose to use a lean ground turkey for its high protein and low fat content. You can also replace this with another protein choice.
  • Tomato Products: I used a combination of tomato puree and crushed tomatoes. If you have other tomato products that you’d rather use, or other cans you’d like to use, you can throw those in instead. Use products such as whole canned tomatoes, diced tomatoes or tomato sauce.
  • Broth: Use a low-sodium broth so you can taste and add salt as needed. I used a chicken broth so that it complemented the turkey in the chili. You can use a beef broth instead to make this a more meat-y meal. Or you can even use turkey broth if you can find it – of make it yourself!
  • Spices: Use spices such as chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and onion powder for this dish. Add in paprika or cayenne for a bit of spice.
  • Sugar: Using just a tablespoon of regular sugar will not only help the caramelization process of the aromatics, but it will also
  • Aromatics: Onion, garlic and jalapeno are cooked down and caramelized first

How to Make Low Carb Turkey Chili

First, dice your onion and add about three tablespoons of olive oil to a large pot or dutch oven. I enjoy using a dutch oven like the one found here.

Allow the oil to get hot over medium heat and add the onion. Once the onion begins to brown, add in the jalapeno and continue frying for an additional 2 minutes. Then add the garlic.

If the aromatics ever begin to look too dry, add in some of the chicken broth.

Fry the onion until slightly browned, and then add the jalapeno.
Fry the onion until slightly browned, and then add the jalapeno.
Fry the onion, jalapeno and garlic together.
Fry the onion, jalapeno and garlic together.

Once your aromatics are fried, add in the ground turkey, spices, sugar and tomato paste.

Once the spices are added, mix all the ingredients together and allow the turkey to cook for a couple minutes.

Continue giving the turkey a few good stirs as it cooks.

Add the ground turkey and spices to the onions.
Add the ground turkey and spices to the onions.

Then, add in the kidney beans, crushed tomatoes and chicken broth.

People Also Ask About Turkey Chili

What are the best toppings for chili?

A hotly debated topic is the best toppings for your freshly made chili!

You can really use your favorite toppings for your meal, but there are a couple stand by favorites.

Standard toppings are: sour cream, cheddar cheese, tortilla strips and jalapeno slices.

Other options are include: bacon bits, lime wedges, hot peppers if you’re looking for more spice, or even honey.

Ways to eat low-carb turkey chili

There are many ways to eat chili other than with sour cream and cheddar cheese.

If you don’t want to eat your meal out of a bowl and want some more substance, there are a couple of different ways to eat your chili. Pour it over an air fried baked potato (or regular baked potato if you don’t have a handy air fryer on hand). Another potato-based option is to use a bed of hash browns for your healthy turkey chili. You will of course have to cover it in cheese, such as cheddar, if you choose one of these options.

What kind of beans should I use?

For this recipe, I used a can of kidney beans. You can really use any type of beans that you’d like.

Whichever beans you choose, just make sure they are well rinsed before you add them to your turkey.

Can I use a different protein?

Yes! You can absolutely use a different protein if you’d like to use something other than ground turkey. Ground beef, ground chicken or even ground lamb is another option.

If you don’t have a ground meat option, you can use a “standard” meat, such a chicken thigh or chicken breast and cut it into smaller pieces.

Can I freeze turkey chili?

Yes! You can absolutely freeze this low-carb turkey chili. Store it in an air tight container, such as a Pyrex glass container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to reheat chili

There are a couple of different ways to reheat chili.

If you are reheating the chili from frozen, you can defrost it by putting it in the fridge overnight the day or night before and letting it defrost slowly in the fridge.

Another option is to put the frozen chili in a pot on the stove and reheat it that way instead. Or you can simply microwave it.

The chili is reheated and ready to serve when it is boiling.

Low Carb Turkey Chili

5.0 from 1 vote
Recipe by Sarah
Course: DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 lb ground turkey

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced

  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth

  • 16 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes

  • 2 tbsn tomato paste

  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced

  • 3 tbsn olive oil

  • 1 tbsn granulated sugar

  • 2 tbsn chili powder

  • 1 tbsn cumin

  • 1 tbsn garlic powder

  • 1 tbsn onion powder

  • sour cream, optional

  • avocado, optional

  • tortilla chips or strips, optional


  • Add the oil to a dutch oven or other large pot and allow it to get hot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and fry for about 10 minutes. If the onions begin to get too dark too quickly, add some of the chicken broth the pot to keep the onions from burning. Add the jalapeno and sugar and fry for another 2 minutes, then add the garlic and fry for an additional minute.
  • Add in the ground turkey on top of the onion mixture and add the spices (cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder) and tomato paste. Mix together well and allow the turkey to cook.
  • Add in the rest of the chicken broth, crushed tomatoes and kidney beans. Bring the chili to a simmer and allow the pot to simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve.

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