Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili

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If you’re looking for chili that will get the approval of the whole family, this kid-friendly turkey chili checks all the boxes. It’s a bit healthier than traditional chili recipes while still delivering that deep, smoky, rich flavor. It’s hearty, filling, full of protein, and the whole family will love it.

I love to make a big pot of this on Sunday so I have an easy lunch option throughout the week. The chili becomes more flavorful after it rests overnight, which makes it perfect for meal prepping. It packs easily in a thermos (this one is my favorite) and is a great option for lunchboxes, potlucks, entertaining, or game day. In the summer months, I like to add this to my barbecue menu and use it for chili dogs and nachos.

a bowl of healthy turkey chili

Toppings for your chili

We like to top our chili with crushed tortilla chips, diced avocado, and some freshly chopped cilantro. If you’re in search of a dairy free cheese option, give the Violife Mexican Shreds a try.

Try pairing it with my Dairy-Free Cornbread!

kid friendly turkey chili


How spicy is this chili?

On a scale of 1-10, I’d rate this a 4. It’s more smokey than spicy.

How can I ensure I keep the spices mild in this chili?

Be sure to choose a can of tomatoes with mild spiciness. Check the label as varieties can range from mild to hot.

How long can I store this chili in the refrigerator?

Once cooked this chili will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Can I freeze leftover chili?

Yes! Be sure to freeze your chili within 3 days of making it. Store it in an airtight freezer-safe container and it will keep for up to three months.

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Kid Friendly Turkey Chili

This is an easy, healthier recipe for chili that's big on flavor but a bit less spicy. It's kid friendly and great for cooking ahead, pot lucks, game day, or an easy weeknight dinner.
Servings 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins


  • 30 oz fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes with green chiles mild
  • 15 oz can dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Heat your oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add your turkey and onions, and cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  • Add in your garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients, lower heat to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes.


Top your chili with your choice of crushed tortilla chips, dairy-free cheddar shreds, fresh avocado, diced onions, or some freshly chopped cilantro.
Serve it with a side of my dairy-free cornbread!
Calories: 259kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 906mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1202IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. Alisa Fleming says:

    You’ve inspired me with this one! It looks husband-friendly too, but I might have to swap in veggies for the beans to make him happy 🙂

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