Bret Johnson’s Famous Turkey Chili Recipe

The world's best turkey chili recipe. Its perfect for those crisp fall days! Healthy recipes don't have to be boring!

It’s fall here on the North Coast (however; with the light dusting of snow this morning it’s starting to look a lot like winter) and for me that means comfort foods. I’m talking warm, heart meals that speak to your heart. The problem with those meals is that it also goes straight to your waist line. Bret Johnson’s Turkey Chili recipe takes care of that with giving you the comfort food you crave, but at under 300 calories a cup – you won’t blow your nutrition for the day.

This is my favorite chili recipe. I make it at least twice a month and it varies a little every time I make it. Chalene Johnson’s Yummy Monday video is usually the guidelines I follow (except I leave out the green chilies since I never have any on hand). Sometimes I add more beans/corn/etc. It all depends on what I have on hand – that’s the beauty thing about chili! You can’t really mess it up. I usually make a small batch, but if you double the recipe below you can add it to baked potatoes, eggs, veggies, etc. Don’t be afraid of using turkey instead of ground beef! Before this recipe I always used this chili recipe and I much prefer the turkey one (it’s a healthier too).

Bret Johnson's turkey chili recipe. Its perfect for those crisp fall days! Healthy recipes don't have to be boring!

This recipe is also found in the Turbo Fire and ChaLEAN Extreme nutrition guides.

Brett Johnsons Turkey Chili
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Turkey Chili Recipe

One of the easiest turkey chili recipes out there.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken chili, chili, turkey, turkey chili
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 208kcal


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 package chili seasoning or make your own
  • 1 cup corn if you use canned, make sure it's drained and rinsed
  • 1 14oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 14oz can chili beans pinto
  • 1 14oz can fire roasted tomatoes with juice
  • 1.5 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup water


  • Scramble fry your turkey in medium heat, drain the fat.
  • Add all of the ingredients, bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer for at least 25-30 minutes. The longer you leave it, the better it is.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings (every pack of chili seasoning is different, sometimes I have to use a whole one).
  • Top with cheese if desired.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 744mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3649IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 4mg
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Do you have a favorite winter comfort food? What is it?

15 comments on “Bret Johnson’s Famous Turkey Chili Recipe”

  1. You had me at chili! I am totally going to make this sometime this week! Chili on a cold night is always a good thing! Plus, it’s a family fave in this house!

    • You can’t go wrong with Chili! I used a different pack of chili seasoning this time around and it was weaker, so play around with the seasoning 🙂

  2. Looks absolutely delicious and healthy! I use ground chicken in my chili… I’m going to try this!

  3. Great chilli recipe Randa! I will have to try it in secret because I have a family of non chilli lovers, sadly, but that just means more for me!


  4. a perfect recipe for this time of year! brrrrr it was cold today!

  5. Today was a definitely a Chili type of day! So cold out! I love chilli because its so easy to make and so filling! This sounds like a great recipe!

  6. Going to try this recipe this week. My husband and I were just talking about making turkey chili! What mix of spices would you use to make your own chili seasoning?

    • I’m not 100% sure. In my old chili recipe I only added Chili spice. I’m sure this one has cumin added as well though. I’m sure there are a lot of recipes out there on pinterest. I’m guessing: chili, cumin, onion powder, maybe garlic?

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