Karen Rose Tank, MS-Integrative Nutrition, Health & Diabetes Coach

Breakfast Turkey Chili

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

30 minutes


6-8 people


•1 TBS olive oil or coconut oil to coat bottom of pot
•1 ½ pounds ground turkey
•2, 15 ounce cans drained kidney, black or preferred beans (optional- OMIT for lower cab)
•16 ounce jar of salsa (red or green)
•15 ounce can chopped tomatoes- plain or fire roasted
•2-4 cups any combination of vegetables such as onions, peppers, cabbage, carrots, green beans, zucchini, mushrooms and turnips, chopped
•1 TBS chili powder or to taste
•salt to taste


1. Place enough olive or coconut oil in a soup pot to coat the bottom. On medium heat, brown the turkey.

2. Add the beans, salsa, canned tomatoes, chopped vegetables, chili power and salt.

3. Depending on the amount of liquid in the salsa, you may need a little water.

4. Let it simmer till the water steams off and it is the consistency you like, about ½ hour.

5. Serve and add toppings of your choice. Enjoy!


While this Turkey Chili is great to have for dinner, you can grab a bowl of left overs for breakfast. Eating this chili can stabilize your blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings.

This fast and easy one-pot-meal is also versatile. It can be modified to include the veggies you and your family like the most... or happen to have on hand. You don’t need to worry about precise amounts. To make it the lowest in carbohydrates, you can leave out the beans. Vegetarians can use the same recipe just omit the meat and add extra beans.

A jar of ready-made salsa and a can of chopped or fire-roasted tomatoes (after reading the labels to make sure there is no form of sugar or corn syrup in them) make this Turkey Chili easy to put together and ensure that it tastes great every time. You can also try another variation using a jar of “green” salsa instead of the usual red, and omit the tomatoes for a highly flavorful and slightly tangy taste. 


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