This Low Carb Turkey Chili is one of our favorite fall recipes, packed with ground turkey, peppers, tomatoes, and spices, it’s full of flavor and low in carbs.
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This low-carb chili is perfect for the fall season. We like to use ground turkey in our chili to avoid using beef. It’s a great way to be good to the planet and still enjoy a delicious bowl of chili.
If you’re looking for a great substitute for your carb-loaded chili recipe, you’re going to love this one. Give it a try and see if it becomes your new favorite.
Ingredients You Will Need
- Ground turkey – I prefer using ground turkey in recipes. You can still get a robust flavor in this chili using turkey instead of beef.
- Onion, celery and green bell pepper – This combination is known as the Holy Trinity of cooking. It’s made with equal parts onion, celery, and green bell pepper.
- Canned tomatoes – Use crushed tomatoes in a can with no added preservatives of sugar. I prefer Cento San Marzano brand, but you can use any brand you like.
- Tomato paste – The paste helps thicken the chili and adds a robust flavor.
- Spices – chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
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How to Make Low Carb Turkey Chili
In a large pan over medium-high heat, brown the ground turkey, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks. When most of the way cooked, added the seasonings and stir well. Then add the onion, celery, and bell pepper. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to soften the veggies.
Add in the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and water. Bring it to a boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. You can continue to simmer longer, if you have the time. This will help even more flavor to develop.
Serve with your favorite toppings. I like to put on some cheese, sour cream, and chives. If you want to double the amount of chili, that’s totally cool. You can make as much as you need at one time. Just double or triple the recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many net carbs are in this chili?
This easy low carb turkey chili recipe has 4 servings and 20 total grams of carbs. With 6 grams of fiber, that brings the net carbs to 14 grams per bowl. Which is far below a traditional chili recipe, which has 25 or more net grams of carbs (more than many of us eat in an entire day).
What can I add in place of the beans?
We aren’t using beans in this chili to avoid the carbs. The chili is just as hearty and filling without them but, you could add more vegetables in place of the beans. Try adding green beans, mushrooms, or eggplant.
Toppings To Add
While this chili is super delicious on it’s own here is a list of toppings you could add to boost the flavor.
- Sour cream – Use the full fat version.
- Bacon – Cooked and crumbled.
- Green onions – Diced.
- Jalapeno slices – If you like it hot leave seeds and ribs in, for less spicy remove all of the seeds and ribs.
- Avocado – Diced or sliced thin.
What To Serve With Chili
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Low Carb Turkey Chili
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder mild to hot
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced and seeds removed
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 1/2 cup celery diced
- 24 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- Shredded cheese sour cream, chives for garnish
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, then add the turkey. Crumble the turkey with a spatula as it cooks. Once the turkey is browned, mix in the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir well.
- Add in the peppers, onion, and celery. Cook for an additional 2 minutes on low heat, to soften the veggies.
- Add in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Stir well. Cover and simmer on low heat for 15-30 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite toppings.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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Laura is dedicated to a low-carb lifestyle after losing 52 pounds on the keto diet. As many of us do, she struggles with her weight and has found that one of the only diet lifestyles that allows her to maintain a healthy weight is a low-carb diet. She shares her favorite low-carb recipes here that are both easy to make and full of flavor, so you don’t even miss the carbs.