Clean Eating 2 Bean Turkey Chili Recipe

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This clean eating 2 bean turkey chili is perfect for your next “chilly” night!

Did you see what I did there? Ha! (Ya, okay. That was bad…)

But some days are just “chili days”. Is it a coincidence that those particular days are usually “chilly”? I think not.

Clean Eating 2 Bean Turkey Chili

But bad jokes aside, I really do think that we enjoy food based on our emotions and feelings. On cold days, we want warmth and comfort and the feeling of home and a warm kitchen with fabulous aromas. What better way to scent your kitchen than a big pot of chili?


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Clean Eating 2 Bean Turkey Chili

Clean Eating 2 Bean Turkey Chili

A delicious chili that tastes even better the next day! (A great make-ahead dish!)
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Course: Chili, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 124kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • 5 medium garlic cloves (chopped fine)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (not drained)
  • 15 oz. can black beans (no sugar added, drained and rinsed)
  • 15 oz. can kidney beans (no sugar added, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 lb. frozen corn (optional)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 12 oz. jarred salsa (no sugar added and your favorite level of heat)


  • In a large pot, sauté the garlic and onion in the olive oil.
  • Stir in the meat and brown, breaking it up as you stir.
  • Stir in everything else and cook over medium-high heat until the meat is cooked through. Stir frequently to avoid any burning on the bottom of your pot. If you need extra liquid, you can always stir in a little chicken broth to get the consistency you like. But I found that the salsa was enough. Do what suits your tastes.
  • Allow to cool and serve.
  • Note: If you can manage it, store this overnight and enjoy the next day. The flavor is even better on the second day when the flavors have really melded. Yum!


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Hilliary Wolfe says:

    Delicious! I am making a bit pot of lentil soup tonight, Minnesota has finally gotten snow

    1. Anonymous says:

      Hilliary – Fabulous! Being a California girl, I can’t say much about snow. But I do wish we would get some rain!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Stephanie – I hope you enjoy it! Stay warm!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sbweeks – I didn’t time it, but on the stove top I’m guessing it cooked for about 45 minutes. I haven’t tried it in the slow cooker, but it could work I’m sure.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Destin – I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Marilyn – No, sorry. That wasn’t mine.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Cec5 – Fabulous!!! Glad to know it works in a slow cooker too!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Donna Maria – Fabulous!! I’m so excited you enjoyed it!

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  9. graciouspantry says:

    Cherry – My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  13. Thank you so much for this recipe! It has become a family favorite. The other day, I had an extra sweet potato, so I diced it and added it to the chili (in the slow cooker) along with some smoked paprika. Now we have another delicious way to enjoy it!

  14. Hi im new to clean eating, and are canned beans and tomatoes clean?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Depends on what gets added to them. You have to read the ingredient list.

  15. i wanted to cook this in the crock pot, how long should i cook it for and should i do it on low or on high.. also i couldn’t find clean canned beans so i soaked my own last night 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Felicia – I’ve never cooked it that way, but you will definitely have to brown the meat first. I would cook it on low for about 4-6 hours.

  16. Autumn Burgess says:

    Just found your blog this week and this is the first recipe I’ve tried on here and it’s so delish!! This is my new chili recipe from here on out!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Autumn – Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it! 😀

  17. Saw this on Pinterest today, and made it tonight. I made a double batch and did the big ‘no no’ of taking new, untested recipe to our neighbors. Everyone loved it! (My husband is already on his third bowl) This will be a new go-to in our house. Thanks for the great recipe! I can always count on you to have recipes that an amateur like me can actually make that taste great too! Thanks Tiffany, saved dinner again.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Beth – Thank you so much! It’s my pleasure! 🙂

  18. Found this recipe on Pinterest today looking for a quick turkey chili recipe. This recipe is simple and the ingredients are things I already have on hand. Thanks, I can’t wait to try it tonight for dinner.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Natalie – My pleasure! Let me know how you like it!

  19. Just made this a little earlier…yes, I made it early since there is an early baseball practice tonight. I, of course had to have a bowl(I had not had lunch yet) because it smelled so good and let me tell you it was delicious!!! My husband had some too and he really liked it. 🙂 Thank you for all your hard work and sharing your recipes! I have loved every recipe I have tried from this blog! THANKS!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – My pleasure! I’m so happy you both enjoyed it! 🙂

  20. Delicious! You say it makes 20 servings. How much would you say is a serving? I calculated the calories using MyFitnessPal for 20 servings and trying to determine how much a serving is. I’m assuming a cup? Thanks for a reply.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Diane – It’s been a while since I’ve made this recipe, but I’m going to guess it was for 1/2 cup.

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