Hearty Turkey & Vegetable Chili

If anyone is still doing their healthy New Year’s resolutions, you can make this chili & thank me later. It’s full of beautiful bell peppers, onions, & tomatoes. Combine that with lean ground turkey & you get a vibrant, healthy, delicious & filling meal. One cup is only 109 calories (according to my recipe input into MyFitnessPal)! And thanks to WinCo, the peppers were $0.49 each, which makes this meal pretty, low-cal & inexpensive to make. Win-win-win!


 Hearty Turkey & Vegetable Chili

This might even be a great choice to serve while watching the Super Bowl instead of fatty dips, spreads, or greasy wings. This chili is mild with a hint of heat. Oh, & did I mention it goes in the slow cooker? Perfect with cornbread too!



Hearty Turkey & Vegetable Chili


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 each: yellow, red, & green bell peppers; diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (16oz) jar Pace Picante Sauce (mild)
  • 1 (14.5oz) can petite diced tomatoes (NOT drained)
  • 1 (4oz) can diced green chiles, drained
  • 2 (15oz) cans pinto beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp sugar


  1. Brown ground turkey in a large, non-stick saute pan, breaking up into pieces. Once cooked, empty into a 6-QT crock pot.
  2. Using the same saute pan, heat the extra virgin olive oil & add diced peppers, onion, & minced garlic. Saute 5 minutes, stirring frequently, & add to the crock pot.
  3. Add the picante sauce, whole can of diced tomatoes, & the drained diced green chiles, & pinto beans to the crock pot. Add the chicken broth & seasonings. Stir & cover with lid.
  4. Slow cook for 4 hours. Stir & adjust seasonings, if desired. May serve with sour cream & shredded cheese.

Recipe Notes

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