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The Best Turkey Chili



Turning Fiber into 5 Flavorful Balanced Dinner Recipes

Recipe #3: The Best Turkey Chili


The reason behind this series: 95% of Americans do not obtain the recommended dietary amount for fiber, which is at least 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Fiber is an essential nutrient that is found in most plant-based foods like grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits. They are key for proper brain health, heart health, and most importantly digestive (gut) health. Increasing your fiber intake daily is going to improve your daily life in so many ways. Studies show that with an increased fiber intake, the healthier our gut bacteria is, which is linked to an increase in our serotonin (happy hormone) levels. So, fiber basically makes us happier and better humans!


The third recipe in my "Turning Fiber into 5 Flavorful Balanced Dinner Recipes" series is my Turkey Chili. The more plants we can get into our bodies, the more diverse our gut microbiome will be, aka the healthier we will be. How can you go wrong with a fat bowl of chili that incorporates 9 different sources of fiber? This Turkey Chili recipe has the fiber, but also has the protein and healthy fats that our bodies need from a meal. It's balanced and it's so flavorful. Every bite is better than the next. You will forget you're having the fattest bowl of fiber.


Yields: 4

Portion: 1 cup


Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes


This recipe is dairy free and gluten free.

 

Ingredients:

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 lb lean ground turkey

Salt

Cumin

Chili powder

Paprika

Black pepper

1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

1 carrot, finely chopped

½ green bell pepper, finely chopped

½ jalapeño, finely chopped

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (I used canned whole San Marzano tomatoes and chopped them up and they were delicious)

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup canned black beans, drained and washed

1 cup canned red kidney beans or white kidney beans, drained and washed

4 cups bone broth

Garnish with fresh cilantro


 

Instructions:

1. Season the ground turkey: grab a large pot and place it onto the stovetop on medium high heat. Pour in olive oil and add in the ground turkey. Add seasonings. Mix in the seasonings well, break the turkey up, and allow the turkey to brown.


2. Add the veggies and aromatics: once the turkey has browned, add the onion, celery, carrot, bell pepper, and jalapeño. Allow them to soften for 5 minutes. Add in the tomatoes and garlic. Mix them in and allow the tomatoes to blend in.


3. Add the beans and broth: add in the beans and broth. Stir well.


4. Cook: Allow turkey to come to a boil and once it does, lower the heat to medium. Allow chili to cook until thick.


5. Serve: Serve with fresh cilantro and tortilla chips (because why not). Enjoy!


xoxo,



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