Turkey Veggie Chili

Turkey Veggie Chili is fast, delicious and super healthy! It's great for a quick weeknight meal the whole family can enjoy. 

I made this recipe last week on a cold night (a rarity in LA), and it was the perfect meal for the weather. There's something about chili that's so perfect and healing during the winter and it's also a simple dish that is great for feeding a crowd. It warms you up from the inside out, but is a great meal any time of year because of how easy it is to make. 

This Turkey Veggie Chili was such a hit in my house that I decided to make it again the next day, cutting the recipe in half and making it a tad bit less spicy -- although Kenya seemed to love the extra heat I added to the last batch. You can customize the spice level for how your family prefers it. Feel free to add more or less. There's no right or wrong!

With all the veggies, plus the turkey and beans for protein, all you need is some rice or pasta for a carb and you have a complete meal (and of course a sprinkling of cheddar cheese on top never hurt). I don't want to scare anyone off by calling this recipe "low fat," but honestly, it doesn't get any healthier and heartier than this one pot meal. It's a game changer. 

If you're looking for more chili and stew recipes you should definitely check out my Crock Pot Vegetarian ChiliWhite Chicken ChiliCrock Pot Lentil Veggie Stew, or Roast Vegetable Soup. They're all huge hits in my house and I know they will be in yours too! Let me know in the comments if you make this or any of my recipes and what you think! 

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Turkey Veggie Chili (6-8 Servings)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans white beans, rinsed and drained (such as cannellini) or 3 1/2 cups cooked beans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin


1. Heat the oil in a large pot and saute the onion, celery, and bell pepper for 2 minutes.

2. Add the garlic and turkey and saute for 4 minutes or until turkey is cooked through and broken into tiny pieces.

3. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil.

4. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.

5. Serve.

*Allow to cool, store in appropriate container or ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 4 months. When ready, defrost in fridge for 24 hours or place in pot and bring to heat over low-medium heat.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • I haven't made chili with anything but turkey in such a long time. I don't think I remember what beef would taste like in my chili. I love all the vegetables and beans in your recipe.

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  • Christine

    Loved the chili! I didn't add the chili powder because I wasn't sure how my two kids would react to it. My husband added tabasco. Since I'm vegetarian, I'll be adding TMP or seitan to it the next time I make it or perhaps just more beans.
    Thank you for the great recipe!

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  • Elizabeth

    This looks great, can't wait to make it. Would there be a way to do it in a Crock Pot?

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    • Catherine

      You can definitely do it in a crock pot! On low for 8-10 hours. So yummy!

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  • Marlene

    If doing in the crock pot, do you have to pre-cook the ground turkey first?

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  • Joy B

    I'm just now realizing that I should've made WAY less beans! I started with 3 1/2 dried beans and I'm guessing you meant that as a yield, not a start. :P Oh well! I just added more sauce to compensate. Smells yummy!

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  • Melanie

    Any way to add kale to this recipe?

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  • Julie

    Can I substitute white beans with black beans? Having company and one of my guests is allergic to white beans. Also- how would you recommend serving this as an appetizer?? Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      Yes, I think you could swap them out and use the same amount! Hmmm as an appetizer... Maybe just serve small portions in cute little bowls topped with some cheese or sour cream?

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