Low Calorie Ground Turkey Chili

I'm back! I know, it's been awhile. I haven't posted a recipe on the site in so long that even I forgot that I had a whole website. As I've said in the past, I am a perfectionist and if I feel like my work isn't good enough, I begin to doubt myself and not do anything at all. Well, it is time to change this. I have some photographs on my Instagram feed that I should post over here on the site. A lot of you have been waiting patiently for my recipes and I appreciate this so much. This process of becoming a food blogger has been so long and difficult since I do everything alone. I cook, I clean, I photograph, I edit, I do a little bit of coding, and I have to try to write interesting posts for you guys. I salute every food blogger in the world, this shit is not easy at all! 

Let's talk about Chili! Chili is a dish that my mother only cooked in the fall and winter. We never ate chili in the summer unless we had no other choice. Chili is a comfort dish in my family since it makes you feel all warm inside and relaxed. Chili makes you want to snuggle in a blanket under fireplace and watch Christmas movies. Well, at least that what it makes me feel. It's not officially fall yet, but I'm excited for fall to begin since it's comfort food season. I don't quite enjoy summer the way that everyone else does. Fall and Spring are my favorite seasons because it's not too hot nor too cold. I do cook my meals according to seasons due to the fact my kitchen is hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. I live in an apartment with very little to no windows, so this is crucial! 

I have made chili with ground pork, ground lamb, ground beef, and of course ground turkey. My mother has made it with ground chicken to make a white chicken chili (yes, I will be posting that recipe this fall!) and I kid you not, it's the best damn chili in the world.

Personally, I prefer to keep my Chili very simple and low calorie. A lot of people add all types of unnecessary things like jalapenos, mushrooms, and butternut squash. I personally just prefer beans, meat, and cheese. Every dish doesn't have to be complicated. If you want to make this chili better, add in some Chipotle Chile, bell peppers, berbere, and garlic salt. Also, I know you're asking... how much should I eat of this? I always measure a cup of whatever pasta or pot dish that I make. Measure 1 cup of this chili and pair this with a 1/4 cup of Trader Joe's Lite Mexican Cheese and top with Greek Yogurt. 

The Spanakopita pictured here is from Trader Joe's. Spanakopita is basically a spinach pie made with Phyllo Dough, Feta Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, and Spinach. I strongly recommend you to purchase this the next time that you go to Trader Joe's. I enjoy this because it's quick and not as tiring as it would be to make the dough from scratch. This isn't as good as homemade Albanian Burek though. Although, in the future I plan to post a recipe of Burek since I enjoy it so much. It's delightful.  

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Yield: 10

Turkey Chili & Spanakopita

Fall is approaching. This is the comfort food that you need for the upcoming cold weather. Featuring Greek Yogurt & Lite Mexican Cheese.


Turkey Chili
  •  1 lb Ground Turkey 
  • 1 can Trader Joe's Pinto Beans
  • 1 can Trader Joe's Black Beans 
  • 2 Cups Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 white onion, diced 
  • Spanish Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • Spices: Kosher Salt, Freshly Cracked Black Pepper, Herbs de Provence (or Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Cumin, and Smoked Paprika) 


  1. Begin by dicing your onion and adding that to a dutch oven with a spritz of the Spanish Olive Oil Cooking Spray. Then, proceed to add your ground turkey. Season with black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and herbs de provence.
  2. Drain the turkey from the fat (keep the fat if you'd prefer it in your chili). In that same Dutch Oven, add pinto & black beans, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. 
  3. I do not measure my spices since I season to taste. Add plenty of cumin and chili powder. I strongly recommend for you to taste along the way while seasoning this. 
  4. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes before serving. 


I used the Ground Turkey from Trader Joe's.
I season to taste, I don't measure my seasonings.