If you are looking for a comforting warm bowl of deliciousness, my Low Carb Turkey Chili will hit the spot. Simply sauté, simmer, and then top with sour cream, cheddar, and cilantro for a family-pleasing easy dinner. It's a great go-to low carb, keto friendly, gluten-free, and grain-free dish.
Chili is a new addition to our repertoire of family dinners. My kids are big fans of tacos but slightly less so of soups and stews. I decided to introduce them to chili by taking their favorite taco flavors and toppings and turning them into a chili. Recipe success! We had enough of this for 2 dinners for our family of 8 and some lunches as well. Normally when I declare that it's "leftover night," I get at least a few complaints. There wasn't a single one when this Low Carb Turkey Chili made its second appearance.
I use ground turkey a lot because it is an economical and healthy way to feed my growing family. By adding vegetables and some beans to a large pack of ground turkey, I got about 16 servings from an $8 package of meat. That was music to this budgeting mom's ears.
What You'll Need
- Olive Oil
- Chopped Onions
- Chopped Garlic
- Ground Turkey
- Black Beans
- Canned Diced Tomatoes
- Taco Seasoning
- Your favorite toppings
How To Make Low Carb Turkey Chili
First Step: Turn the heat to medium-high and add olive oil to a large stockpot. Then add in the chopped onions. Cook the onions until they become translucent and look golden colored. Then add in the garlic and cook for an additional two minutes.
Second Step: Saute the ground turkey until it has browned up. Be sure to stir it frequently, then pour in the black beans, and the diced tomatoes. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning.
Expert Tip: Don't drain the juice off of the tomatoes or the beans - really!
Third Step: Once the taco chili has begun to simmer, let it continue to cook for at least 10 more minutes. This gives the flavors time to marry and blend well.
Fourth Step: Add your favorite toppings, and dig in!
Best Topping Ideas For Chili
There are so many yummy toppings that would go well with this chili recipe. Take a peek at these ideas to get inspired.
- Sour Cream
- Fresh Diced Onions
- Pico de Gallo
- Shredded Cheese
- Chopped green onions
How Do You Store Leftover Chili?
Let the taco chili cool down after you cook it. Once cooled, pour it into an airtight container or individual airtight containers to make single servings. Keep the chili refrigerated for up to 4 days.
You can also freeze leftovers for up to two months. I recommend pouring it into a freezer bag. It takes up less room in your freezer. Just be sure to only fill the bag ⅔ full and write what's in the bag before you freeze it. If using a freezer bag isn't your thing, then you could use a regular food container.
You can thaw the chili in the fridge the night before and heat it up in the microwave or on the stovetop. If using the stovetop, heat it at medium heat until it's hot, then serve.
How Do You Serve Low Carb Turkey Chili?
We usually just eat it in a bowl with our favorite toppings, but there are other ways you can serve it too. Here are some ideas:
- Make nachos with bell peppers and drizzle with the chili and add some cheese. Great for parties!
- In the mood for tacos and chili? No problem, add the chili to your tacos for an ultimate experience.
- Make some almond flour cornbread to dip in the soup. YUMMY!
Can You Eat Beans When You Are Low Carb?
Yes! Granted, you aren't going to want to include them in every meal you have, but you can certainly make room for them in your low carb diet. You just need to be mindful of your daily limit of carbs.
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 3 lbs ground turkey
- 13 oz black beans (1 can)
- 13 oz diced tomatoes (1 can)
- 2 tablespoon taco seasoning
- Toppings of your choice such as cheddar cheese, sour cream, and cilantro
- Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Drizzle the olive oil in the bottom of the pot. Add the onions and cook until golden and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for two minutes.
- Add the ground turkey and saute until browned, stirring frequently. Pour in the cans of beans and tomatoes (do not drain). Add the taco seasoning.
- Bring to a simmer. Simmer for at least 10 minutes for the flavors to combine.
- Serve with the toppings of your choice such as cheddar cheese, sour cream, and cilantro.