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Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe (Panera Copycat)

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January 9, 2022 | Author: Ashley McCrary

This Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe is super simple and will please the whole family. This recipe is filled with hearty ingredients such as ground turkey, corn, edamame, beans. green chilis, seasoning and chicken broth. For even more flavor, top with dairy-free sour cream and dairy-free shredded cheese. Healthy, dairy-Free and macro friendly.

This Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe is inspired by Panera Bread’s recipe that most people know and love. Now you don’t even have to leave your house to get your Panera chili fix. You can make a big batch right at home using healthy and hearty ingredients. Chili is something that I make every single weekend during the winter months. I like to switch it up using this recipe along with my Smoked Pulled Pork Chili. These recipes are so comforting, warming, and healthy.

An up close photo of a big heaping spoonful of the turkey chili.

Reasons To Love This Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

  • Protein-packed: Each serving is almost 36g of protein.
  • Quick and easy: Pop this in the crockpot and allow to simmer all day or cook on the stove and it will be done in 30 minutes.
  • Make a big batch and use it in different ways during the week: This recipe is perfect to make on Sunday and use different ways throughout the week. Make nachos, chili dogs, chili mac, or pour stuff inside a sweet or baked potato.
Raw ground turkey, corn, green chilies,  chickpeas, garlic, butter, edamame, black beans, kidney beans, onions, tomatoes, and seasoning.

How To Make

  1. Brown

    In a 5- to 6-quart pot or Dutch oven, heat butter over medium heat until butter is melted. Add in the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook for a minute or two. Add in the ground turkey and brown.

  2. Simmer

    Next, add all the other ingredients; chicken broth, beans, edamame, chickpeas, corn, tomatoes, tomato paste, green chilies, and seasoning. Mix together until combined. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes. 

  3. Enjoy

    Taste and adjust seasoning to liking. Top with dairy-free sour cream, dairy-free cheese, green onions, and tortilla chips.

Turkey Chili in a large Dutch oven

Crockpot Method

This Healthy Turkey Chili and also be made in the crockpot. It’s super simple and makes dinner a breeze. Let it simmer all day and it will be ready when you walk through the door from a long day at work.

  1. Brown the ground turkey, onions and garlic the same as the recipe is written below.
  2. Place the turkey mixutre along with the remaining ingredients in the crockpot.
  3. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Garnish as desired and enjoy.

How To Freeze?

Turn this recipe into a healthy Turkey Chili freezer meal.

  1. Allow the chili to cool completely.
  2. Divide chili into freezer-friendly containers or freezer bags. Add a date.
  3. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Before serving, allow frozen chili thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Heat and enjoy.
A close up shot of the bowl of chili with sour cream, green onions, and cheese

Favorite Toppings

  • Diary-Free Sour Cream (I love Follow Your Heart and Forager brands)
  • Dair-Free Cheese
  • Lime Slices
  • Green Onions
  • Parsley
  • Avocado Slices
  • Tortilla Chips or Fritos
  • Fresh red onions
  • Cilaantro
A large bowl filled with healthy turkey chili topped with sour cream, cheese, green onions, tortilla chips and a lime slice

FAQs

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe (Panera Copycat): FAQs

Is ground beef okay to use instead of ground turkey?

Absolutely! If you do use ground beef instead of ground turkey it will change the calories and fat. Just be aware that the nutrition will not remain the same. But ground beef with this recipe tastes amazing too.

Would beef broth be okay to use in place of chicken broth?

Beef broth is perfectly fine to use in place of chicken broth.

Can I omit the cayenne pepper for less spice?

Yes! Removing this will not change so much of the taste, but it will change the spice level.

How do I thicken my chili?

If you prefer a thicker chili consistency, add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum or 1 tbsp tapioca flour dissolved in 2 tbsp water. Add either of these in and stir. As it heats it will begin to thicken.

Why do I need to rinse the beans?

Draining and rinsing the beans to remove the metallic flavor along with removing excess salt and starch. This will improve the overall flavor.

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Healthy Turkey Chili (Panera Copycat)

This Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe is super simple and will please the whole family. This recipe is filled with hearty ingredients such as ground turkey, corn, edamame, beans. green chilis, seasoning, and chicken broth. For even more flavor, top with dairy-free sour cream and dairy-free shredded cheese. Healthy, dairy-Free, and macro-friendly.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2.5 pounds ground turkey, 85% lean 15% fat
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 7 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 4-ounce can green chiles
  • 1 28-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup edamame, shelled
  • 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Garnish (optional)

  • Dairy-free sour cream 
  • Dairy-free shredded cheese
  • Lime wedge
  • Green onions
  • Tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. In a 5- to 6-quart pot or Dutch oven, heat butter over medium heat until butter is melted. Add in the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook for a minute or two. Add in the ground turkey and brown.
     
  2. Next, add all the other ingredients; chicken broth, beans, edamame, chickpeas, corn, tomatoes, tomato paste, green chilies, and seasoning. Mix together until combined. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes.
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning to liking. Top with dairy-free sour cream, dairy-free cheese, green onions, and tortilla chips.

Notes

Crockpot Method: 

  • Brown the ground turkey, onions and garlic the same as the recipe is written below.
  • Place the turkey mixutre along with the remaining ingredients in the crockpot.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Garnish as desired and enjoy.

Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 4 days. Freeze for 3 months. 

For dairy-free sour cream, I recommend Follow Your Heart and Forager. 

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish/Soup
  • Method: Stovetop/Crockpot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Panera Copycat Healthy Turkey Chili, Turkey Chili, Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe, Crockpot Turkey Chili

2 thoughts on "Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe (Panera Copycat)"

  1. Ashley McCrary says:

    Delicious and easy recipe.

  2. Diane Besserer says:

    Easy
    Healthy
    Delicious


 

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