Healthy Comfort Food: Turkey Chili

Healthy Comfort Food Turkey Chili 21DFJust about everyone who knows me, knows I love healthy comfort food and the recipe for Turkey Chili from the Body Beast nutrition guide. I’ve shared it before in my meal prep post and I post photos of it quite often on Instagram. I’ve even been having my 21 Day Fix participants begin using it with their meal prepping. It’s such a simple, versatile and yummy recipe that I think it would be wrong not to share it.

For those of you are not familiar with it, here is the recipe: 

Healthy Comfort Food: Turkey Chili
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  2. 1.5 lbs lean ground turkey
  3. 1 medium white onion, chopped
  4. 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  5. 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  6. 1.5 teaspoons cumin
  7. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  10. 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained (I use black beans)
  11. 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce (I use diced tomatoes with green chilies)
  12. 2 tablespoons parsely (optional) - (Cilantro is a great substitute)
  1. Brown ground turkey and drain fat.
  2. Add oil, onion, pepper and garlic to a large saucepan.
  3. When softened add in ground turkey.
  4. Cook for a few minutes
  5. Add all seasonings except parsley and stir and cook for 1 minute
  6. Add beans and tomatoes, bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Sprinkle with parsley when serving (optional)
  1. I like to add a diced jalapeno to this for added heat. I also add a lot more veggies to make this fit into the 21 day fix better. I use 1/2 green, 1/2 yellow and 1/2 a red pepper, along with a large onion. I also like to add additional veggies as stated below.
  2. With the added veggies, I count this is as 1 red and 1 green container. I know there are beans in this and they are counted as a carb in 21 Day Fix, but I don't feel there are enough to count them as a full yellow. I honestly don't think it's even a 1/2 a yellow, but use your honest judgement when you make yours and count it if needed.
Adapted from Body Beast Turkey Chili from The Book of Beast
Adapted from Body Beast Turkey Chili from The Book of Beast
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As you can see, it’s really simple to make and uses lots of great, clean ingredients. The beauty of it, is that it’s simple to tweak in order fit into the 21 Day Fix program.

If you have issues fitting in all of your green containers, add spinach, zucchini, extra peppers, kale, eggplant or any other veggie you have on hand to this dish and bump up your veggie intake. You could even serve it over some cauliflower rice or top it with some shredded romaine lettuce.

Are those yellow containers your issue? (Not using enough of them, that is. I know many people feel there are not ENOUGH yellow containers in general, I can’t help with that, sorry. You’ll have to take that up with Autumn.) add extra beans, some corn or peas. You could also serve this over some rice or quinoa – another option is to cash in a “treat” and have a few tortilla chips on the side for dipping.

Unsure of how to use your blue containers? Top your chili with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese or some avocado. Better yet, use both by using half a container or each.

Falling short on red containers? Top this with some plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream for a creamy component that will make your taste buds happy.

Purple containers also fit into this dish! Top your chili with some fresh salsa for an added kick, as well as a color pop. (We eat with our eye, too!)

As you can see this is a very useful recipe to have while doing the 21 Day Fix. You can easily make this into your meal planning and use up just about any container you may be lacking.

Do you have a versatile recipe that would work well with the 21 Day Fix? If so, I would love to learn more about it.

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6 thoughts on “Healthy Comfort Food: Turkey Chili

  1. This is almost exactly how I make my turkey chili. I’m obsessed! Sometimes I add a can of unsalted corn and I usually mix up the beans. Just made the other day and I did black beans and white beans. So good!

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