The Best No Bean Turkey Chili
This healthy turkey chili is the very best! It’s loaded with ground turkey, tomatoes, green chiles, garlic, onion, and lots of seasonings. So hearty and easy to make – ready in only 30 minutes! Dairy-free, gluten-free, Whole30, Paleo, and Keto too!
When I say this is The Best No Bean Turkey Chili I am not messing around. It really is! It has some heat, can be thrown together quickly, and tastes like everything you’d want an incredible chili to taste like.
Since my husband was diagnosed with alpha-gal syndrome (which means he can’t have red meat) I’ve been working to create more recipes utilizing ground turkey. This is the latest and, friend, it’s a tasty one.
My original chili recipe, No Bean 30 Minute Chili, is dang delicious. In fact it’s the most popular recipe on my website! I know many of you already make it with ground turkey instead of beef and that’s great! If it’s your favorite stick with it! But I wanted to make a version that was specially designed for ground turkey. This one has more seasoning and a can of green chiles to really make that ground turkey work splendidly. I know you’re going to be oh so happy with the end result!
You’ll start by sautéing onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Then brown your ground turkey. Once done, add in all other ingredients and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
The combination of garlic, onion, green chiles, and lots of seasoning give this chili a very rich spicy flavor. We can’t get enough of it!
And don’t forget, this chili is ready in just 30 minutes so it’s fast enough to enjoy on a busy weeknight.
In the mood for more ground turkey recipe ideas? One of our favorites is the recipe for Cilantro Turkey Burgers. I swear those burgers are every bit as tasty as beef burgers. You’ll find that my Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs in Marinara are another weeknight meal win too!
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The Best No Bean Turkey Chili
- 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
- 1 onion, diced, white, yellow, or red
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 tbsp garlic, minced
- 2 lb lean ground turkey
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 28 oz canned diced tomatoes, I prefer fire-roasted.
- 4 1/2 oz canned chopped green chiles
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Add oil to a large soup pot and heat to medium-high heat. Once hot, add onions and bell pepper. Sauté until onion is translucent, approximately 3 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté until golden, about 1 minute.
- Add the ground turkey, using your spatula to crumble it. Sauté the meat, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink.
- Add in all other ingredients. Stir to combine. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Taste and add extra salt or seasonings if desired.
60 Comments on “The Best No Bean Turkey Chili”
Excellent, marvelous, supernatural.
Looking forward to trying this! Recently my friend who has alpha gal for over 20 years tried acupuncture specifically to treat her beef/pork allergies and it was successful. Just thought I would pass that on to you!
That’s so interesting! Haven’t heard of that before! Thanks for sharing!
This recipe has 2x the chili powder as your original one. Is that intentional? Thanks!
Loved the original No Bean 30 Minute Chili, this one is just as good if not better!!
I have had a tried and true chili recipe that I’ve been making for YEARS and have never considered making another recipe until I saw how many people shared it on Instagram. I regret not trying it sooner. So so delicious.
I’ve made this recipe twice now and just love it. Initially I was skeptical that a turkey chili could produce much flavor. But this one really does! And it feeds an army! It’s perfect for freezing leftovers for a later time which helps my meal prep sanity. Highly recommend!
I used 3 lbs ground chicken and didnt have enough canned diced tomatoes so i add a can of rotel. and used a little less chili powder then required for 12 servings.
Absolutely delicious! I added a tab of Tobasco for a hint of spice. I will definitely make this again.
this recipe is great! so tasty.
We have another, longer simmering Cincinnati chili recipe we make with ground beef but this recipe TOTALLY disguised the typical bland turkey taste and texture., with less time! My husband approved and said we can make it again. Winner.!
Absolutely delicious!! I didn’t have the canned peppers, so I used one and a half poblano peppers and two small green chili peppers. Thank you so much Christina for this healthy and delicious recipe! Can’t wait to make it again!
It was tasty but too much fluid. I would add next time only one cup of broth.
SO good!! I have been craving chili and this just hits the spot! I added avocado and bacon on top. Perfection! Even all five of my kids love this! No complaints and that rarely happens.
I just made it and it came out perfect. I had to use a 3lb PKG of ground turkey instead of the recipe amount of 2lbs because that’s how it was packaged. As a consequence, I added another half Tsp salt and another 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, and 1/2 cup of chicken broth.
So delicious! I love how flavorful & hearty it is without the bloating of the beans. Thank you!! Your recipes are a staple in our house!
So Good! My whole family loved it!!
Happy you enjoyed it! Thank you, Mallory!
This has become a staple in our house during the cold months. Super easy (and if you want a treat, it’s great on some Fritos to make Frito pie).
Wow. Perfect flavor, perfect blend of spices. Whole family loves it!
This was sooooo good! I tweaked it a little by adding a red pepper, some mushrooms and a tablespoon of chipotle chilli powder to give it some extra veggies and heat. I also let it simmer for about an hour or so but It turned out amazing!
Love the additions! Happy you enjoyed, Kayla!
This is delicious! I’m doing Dr. Mark Hyman’s 10-day Detox and I haven’t felt full in 6 days. This chili fits perfectly into the program so I made it for dinner tonight and I am satisfied! My husband loved it too. I decreased the chili powder to 2 tablespoons because my husband doesn’t like too much spice, and I used a minced red jalapeño instead of canned diced chilis. I’m going to make this all the time!
This recipe is the greatest! We ate it as chili the first time I made it. The second time I used it as a deliciously meaty sauce layered in a baking pan with roasted eggplant slices and Monterey Jack cheese. My brother and diabetic mother have to eat a low-carb diet, and they both loved my “casserole.” Thanks for sharing with us this delicious chili!
That’s so great to hear! I’m happy you enjoyed it!
This was excellent. I made this as a healthier topping for a baked potato; I made it as written except for adding a few different kinds of chili powder (and more of it). It reduced a little while simmering on the stove and was a great consistency.
My only regret: halving the recipe. Delicious!
Great ingredients! I didn’t use any chicken stock and it was perfect and thick the way my family likes it!
Thanks for the recipe, we will give it a try! I also have alpha gal, so we make chili with turkey. I had the SAAT acupuncture treatment and no longer react to mammal, but my blood work is still positive and I feel safer leaving mammal foods out of my diet. We were looking for a recipe with no beans and this looks great!
So the recipe is actually very good, but I’m giving it 3 stars because this is not chili.
To me it taste like a fantastic spaghetti meat sauce. I think if you remove the oregano and add more chili powder it maybe more of that classic chili flavor.
Still good and would make again but not as chili! Great for keto!
Really great. Just made it for lunch. Super easy. My only comment would be to recommend garnishing with lime. I needed that little bit of acid at the too.
Thanks! Excited to try more recipes
Easy and delicious. I’m a picky eater and don’t like beans, so this is perfect for me! I do toss in some frozen corn kernels sometimes. I’ve made this several times and I’m wondering if you ever freeze it? Thanks!
I’ve frozen this chili many times and it reheats great!
Soooo very good . It is a keeper
Happy to hear that!
This was delicious and will definitely make it again!
SO TASTY! I made a big pot so I’d have lunches for the whole week, works great and is SO DELIVIOUS!!
Yes!!! One of my family’s favorites too! Thank you, Ryn!
I replaced the green chilis with a jalapeno. My wife and I agreed it was very good and I will make it again.
That’s awesome! So happy you enjoyed and will make again!
I think I will add jalapeno’s next time to give it more of a kick.
Fantastic. My wife doesn’t eat beef OR beans. I made this for her and now she’s finally tried chili. And loves it. This is a staple meal in our house now and beef eaters never know the difference. It’s delicious. I always use six-chili powder and like to put all the seasonings and tomato paste in the pot with the browned turkey and veggies and let that cook together for a minute or two before adding the tomatoes and stock.
I love that, David! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment!
This recipe is amazing!!!! The only thing I added was some adobo seasoning to turkey meat. So happy I tried it. This is perfect for meal prep.
This is healthy and tasty and got rave reviews when I took it to church for a church family meal. Think it’s my favorite chili recipe.
Really great! The whole family loved it!
That’s great to hear! Thank you, Debbie!
I reduced the broth by 1/2 (as another reviewer recommended) and it was the perfect consistency for chili
I also added some chopped carrots, 2 TBS cocoa powder
And at the end chopped spinach and some red wine (always improves soups and stews!)
This recipe is delicious. I added more seasonings than called for. I made this for my dad who likes chili with no beans so this one is a keeper.
This recipe is incredible and always a hit in my family! Do you have any recommendations for making this in a crockpot?
I made it today as it was chilly in Florida (55 degreesn lol) I added beans, left out the green Chile’s because I didn’t have and added 2 tsp of diced Chipotle peppers. It was very tasty and did have some heat to it 😋. Thanks for posting
I bet the chipotle peppers were excellent in there! Happy you enjoyed this, Kay!
Where do the 16g of carbs come from? Just asking so I can make adjustments for my husband who is watching carbs like crazy! Thank you in advance?
Amazing!!! Thank you…this is going into my dinner rotation😊
I’m so glad! Thank you for taking the time to leave a kind comment!
Fantastic recipe. It has a little kick and very flavorful. I put 2 packets of sweetener in and used yellow bells.
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Teresa!
My favorite chili recipe ever. 10/10.
Also, can you put all the ingredients in a crockpot and cook, will it have the same end result?
Thank you, Parris! Happy you enjoy this chili! I don’t recommend cooking the ground meat in the slow cooker because it can get clumpy and mushy. If you’d like to use the slow cooker I’d brown the meat first and then add everything to the slow cooker. I know that’s an extra step so not ideal!