Hearty No-Bean Turkey Chili

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Calling all chili lovers who crave a hearty, flavorful meal without the beans! This no-bean turkey chili is your new best friend. Packed with ground turkey, colorful veggies, and a symphony of spices, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser perfect for chilly nights or busy weeknights. Plus, it’s surprisingly simple to make, coming together in under an hour.

This recipe is all about bold flavors and a comforting warmth that will leave you satisfied. Let’s dive into what makes this chili so special!

No Bean Turkey Chili
No Bean Turkey Chili


(Makes 6-8 servings)

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced (any color combination works!)
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced (adjust for your spice preference)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra kick)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, avocado slices
  • Directions:

    1. Heat Up the Flavor: In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned. Drain any excess fat using a slotted spoon.
    2. Sauté the Veggies: Add the diced onion, bell peppers, and jalapenos to the pot with the browned turkey. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until the onions are softened and translucent. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another minute, allowing the fragrant aroma to fill your kitchen.
    3. Bring on the Tomatoes: Pour in the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Add the beef broth, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper (if using), and bay leaf. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir well to combine all the delicious ingredients.
    4. Let it Simmer: Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 30-40 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld and develop a rich depth.
    5. Taste and Adjust: After simmering, remove the bay leaf and give the chili a taste test. Adjust seasonings with additional salt, pepper, or a touch of brown sugar if desired. If the chili seems too thick, you can add a splash of water or broth to thin it out to your liking.

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Per serving, without toppings)

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 450mg (depending on the sodium content of your broth)
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Please note: These are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    This no-bean turkey chili is a fantastic recipe to keep in your back pocket. It’s easy to customize with your favorite vegetables or spices, making it a great way to use up any leftover ingredients you might have on hand. Plus, it’s a healthy and satisfying meal that’s perfect for feeding a crowd. So grab your favorite bowl, ladle up a steaming portion of this delicious chili, and enjoy!


    1. Can I use ground chicken or sausage instead of turkey?

    Absolutely! This recipe is easily adaptable. Feel free to substitute ground chicken or sausage for the turkey. Just keep in mind that the cooking time may vary slightly depending on the type of meat you use.

    2. What if I don’t like spicy food?

    No problem! You can easily adjust the spice level to your preference. Simply omit the jalapenos or use a milder pepper variety. You can also reduce or omit the cayenne pepper entirely.

    3. How can I make this recipe vegetarian?