Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Low Fat Turkey Chili

I love chili! no ands if or buts about it; chili is one of my favorite dishes. Being on a low fat and restricted carb diet can be pretty tough, but recently I had an amazing turkey chili at Bar Louie and thought I could make something as good at home.

Make sure to make plenty as I did. Makes a great dinner, and the photos below were how I served it for my lunch. As a side, I made hot and spicy pickled green beans, peppers and onions....recipe to follow for that!

Ken's Low fat Turkey Chili


  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4-5 tablespoons chili powder ( adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 chipotle chile en adobo, coarsely chopped, with 1 tablespoon sauce
  • 4 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans of  fire roasted tomatoes
  • 8 oz of mushrooms, sliced

In a large Stock pot over medium heat, add the oil, let heat and add onions and garlic to sweat,  around 5 minutes. add in sliced carrots and mushrooms, stir constantly and cook an additional 5 minutes. Add in Ground turkey and stir to break up and let brown. Add in all salt, chili powder, and cumin.  take half a cup of beef broth and puree chipotle and adobo sauce until smooth, add to pot. Add oregano, tomatoes,  tomato paste and remaining beef broth, bring to simmer, and simmer uncovered for 45-60 minutes.

Serve with your favorite garnishes.


  1. Fire Roasted tomoatoes :) Sounds great.

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  2. We use ground turkey in so many different things now. It can so easily replace ground beef in chili, pasta dishes, meatloaf, burgers and although sometimes only a good beefy something will do, turkey makes a great and very satisfying healthier alternative. Your recipe looks just yummy!

  3. how can you be working and prepare meals at home for lunch? Most people do not have a long enough lunch break to do this.

  4. great recipe! im not a red meat eater so this is perfect. thanks for sharing

  5. Thanks for all of the nice comments!

    Anonymous...I do all of my cooking, photography and photo editing plus blog writing at night time!

    This dish was made for dinner, and the photo showed how I would serve it for lunch...a bowl of chili seems boring!

    The pickled greens beans I make in large quantities so literally, heat up chili, plate on a piece of lettuce and serve with the out of the refrigerator green beans and you have a lunch quicker than waiting to get thru a "McFood" place.

    This is one of those recipes I suggest you make plenty of. Any left overs can be brought into work and in a few minutes you have a delish and healthy lunch!!