Skinny Turkey Chili

Nothing beats delicious and hearty chili.  Such a versatile dish. You can set up a chili bar where everyone can top their own. Or, use it to make taco salads or stuffed baked potatoes. This fabulous chili is very skinny due to using ground turkey and draining the fat, cooking the onions in the microwave instead of sauteing in oil, and rinsing the beans before adding to the pot.  These skinny changes make a dramatic difference in the Skinny Facts. Each 1 cup serving has 227 calories and only 2 grams of fat. This recipe freezes great and can easily be doubled or tripled.
Skinny Turkey Chili

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 8 - 1 cup serving

Food Fact

Texans love their chili and call it their “bowl of red!”

Healthy Benefits

This chili is loaded with fiber-rich beans.  In fact, each serving contains 15 grams of fiber.

Substitution Tips

To make this chili vegetarian, use 1 package (12 oz.) of Yves Meatless Ground.  This is a soy protein and makes a delicious substitute for ground turkey. You’ll find this product in most supermarkets.
You can substitute Lawry’s Chili Seasoning (1 package) for all of the dry seasonings.

Serving Tips

Set up a chili bar where everyone can customize their bowl of chili.  Serve with small bowls of chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, shredded reduced-fat cheese,  Best Skinny Ranch Dressing, and reduced-fat tortilla chips.
Use this chili to make my recipe for Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen’s Taco Salad.
WW Freestyle Points 2-Blue
WW Smart Points 5-Green
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1 cup)
227 calories, 2g fat, 0g sat. fat, 25g protein, 29g carbs, 8g fiber, 375mg sodium, 7g sugar
FACTS: for  Freestyle Points
107 calories,  0g sat. fat, 18g protein, 4g sugar


Skinny Turkey Chili

Skinny Turkey Chili

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 227 kcal


  • 1 package ground turkey (about 1- 1¼ pounds)
  • cups onions, chopped
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, chopped or 1½ teaspoons from a jar.
  • 1 (14 oz.) jar pasta or tomato sauce (I like pasta sauce from a jar such as Prego Pasta Sauce)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • In a large nonstick pan, brown the ground turkey over medium-high heat, stirring often to break up lumps.
  • Drain cooked turkey into a colander in the sink and blot with paper towels to remove excess fat.
  • Return the drained turkey to the pan.
  • Place onions in a microwave-safe bowl and cook in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes, until soft.
  • Add the cooked onions to the turkey and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 25gFat: 2gSodium: 375mgFiber: 8gSugar: 7gBlue Smart Points: 2Green Smart Points: 5Plus Points: 5
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  1. I would like to try the skinny chili. However I don’t like a spicy taste. What other seasonings can I use besides ground cumin, grounded red pepper, and chili power? Can I use a small amount of red pepper to give it some taste without being spicy.

  2. Actually, Rochelle, this chili is not very spicy. That said, you could easily add only 1½ teaspoons of chili powder instead of 1 tablespoon and omit the red pepper or cut it to ⅛ teaspoon and you should be good to go.
    I hope you enjoy it!
    All the best,

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