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Turkey Chili Recipe – FMD Phase One

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We have really been experiencing springtime weather here. One day it is warm and sunny – I am wearing a skirt and sandals to work – and then the very next day it is cold, windy, and rainy, and I am then pulling on my boots and sweater. My wardrobe is getting a workout while I try to figure out the weather of the day! This chili recipe is perfect when you want a warm bowl of deliciousness for dinner.

Turkey Chili Recipe - FMD Phase One. This chili is delicious and is part of the Fat Metabolism Diet.

I discovered this chili recipe a while back. It has been slightly adapted from Haylie Pomroy’s The Fast Metabolism Diet, and it has become my go-to chili recipe! It is easy, healthy, and oh-so yummy! Just look at all the colorful and filling ingredients! So filling!

Turkey Chili Recipe

Haylie’s recipe uses a slow cooker, and I am sure that would make it even easier. I just am not a huge slow cooker user. Really, I am not sure why – I just have never really gotten into the habit. I love my slow cooker, but I primarily use it for entertaining, keeping soups and dips warm.

This chili recipe is fast to put together and cooks up really well in a big stock pot. The recipe makes lots! Which is perfect for this large family.

Turkey Chili


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 heaping teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 15 – ounces can white beans
  • 15 – ounces can kidney beans
  • 15 – ounces can black beans
  • 15 – ounces can pinto beans
  • 4 cups chopped zucchini
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) organic bell pepper – tomato soup
  • 1 heaping teaspoon sea salt


  1. In a large stock pot, brown ground turkey, drain fat if needed.Turkey Chili
  2. Add onion, parsley, chili powder, garlic, and red pepper flakes to the pot. stir, cover, and cook until onion is translucent.
  3. Add beans (partially drained – keep some liquid to make chili a little juicy), zucchini, and soup to the stock pot. Stir well and bring to boil.Turkey Chili Recipe
  4. Turn down heat and simmer for 60 minutes.
  5. Add salt just before serving.Turkey Chili Recipe

This recipe is a keeper! My Chili-Cheese Cornbread would go soooo well with this chili. That is if you are not following the Fast Metabolism Diet.

Chili Cheese Cornbread

(46) Comments

  1. Patti Champion says:

    Stacey, did you intentionally leave off the tomatoes from this recipe?

    1. Stacey says:

      Hi Patty, I make this chili often (as does my daughter), but other than the roasted pepper tomato soup, I have never added tomatoes to this recipe – canned or otherwise. Hope this helps!

  2. Elizabeth Turner says:

    What makes this unusable during Phase 2?

    1. Stacey says:

      Hi Elizabeth, I have not followed the Fast Metabolism Diet, but I do love many of Haylie’s recipes because they are tasty and healthy. From what I understand though, Phase One allows carbs and Phase Two focuses on proteins and veggies. Beans are higher in carbs than most other veggies, so from my understanding they are usually counted as carbs. Hope this helps!

  3. What makes this chili unable to be eaten during Phase 2

    1. Stacey says:

      Hi Betsy, I have not followed the Fast Metabolism Diet, but I do love many of Haylie’s recipes because they are tasty and healthy. From what I understand though, Phase One allows carbs and Phase Two focuses on proteins and veggies. Beans are higher in carbs than most other veggies, so from my understanding they are usually counted as carbs. Hope this helps!

  4. Alanna says:

    Made vegetarian / vegan by simply skipping the meat. Still amazingly delicious!

    1. Stacey says:

      Wow! I have never made a vegetarian version, but I love all of the beans and the veggies. I bet it is every bit as hearty! Thanks for the feedback! I am totally going to add your take on this to me Meatless Monday repertoire.

  5. Denise says:

    I made this last night… it was truly amazing!!!!!

    1. Stacey says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! It’s one of our favorites.

  6. How much is a serving size to include the veggies /protein for lunch in phase 1 after this is all cooked

    1. Stacey says:

      Hi Lisa,

      This recipe makes approximately 8 servings with a single serving size of 1 and 1/2 cups each.

      1. Thank you.!!

  7. I love to eat chili year-round. This recipe is very use-friendly and that definitely works for me!

  8. I’m in the New York and the weather here has been up and down too. This chili looks like the perfect comfort food for the cold, rainy days!

  9. Haley says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m always looking for new recipes that are yummy but healthy too. Especially ones I can save for later!

  10. Look at all those beautiful colors..that is what draws me to any meal

  11. Great recipe! I love Turkey Chili and this looks like such a healthy alternative

  12. Chili is a favorite at my house, especially in the cooler months but we love it year round. Yours looks amazing!

  13. ohhhhh I love me a good turkey chili as it’s one of my faves. I usually make mine about once a month as it’s that good. 😉

  14. I love putting ground turkey in my chili. It’s an easy way to trick the huz. I actually just made some the other day even though it was like 80 degrees.

  15. I love turkey chili…. and my husband never knows its turkey because its in the sauce hidden. Im going to have to try yours, you have a few different spices than I use!

  16. I love using a slow cooker, personally. My husband is a big chili fan, and is looking for healthier recipes!

  17. I absolutely adore chili! I’ve never made it completely from scratch, but partially. This recipe sounds like one my family would enjoy.

  18. I haven’t made turkey chili in ages! This looks delicious! And so does the cornbread, yum!

  19. Oh my, that does look mighty fine! I love a good bowl of chili, especially such an easy recipe! I’m definitely going to be trying this!

  20. I love chili on a rainy day. I have to top mine with fritos which is not healthy at all. 🙂

    1. Stacey says:

      A perfect way to add some crunch!

  21. Same with me with the weather. Weather has been weird all year. Love your recipe and I can easily tweak it to be vegetarian.

  22. Today was totally a soup day here in Chicago! 40 degrees right now! It is so cold outdoors! We love chili in my home – might have to make this if it is still chilly tomorrow

  23. I don’t eat red meat anymore, so I’m always looking for ways to spice up my ground turkey. I love chili so this recipe is perfect. I really like the additional off all the different beans.

  24. Debra says:

    I have never had turkey chili before! It sounds delicious, I am going to have to try it out soon!

    1. Stacey says:

      I think you will love it!

  25. We love a good chili at our house…and nothing else makes a better side than corn bread!!

  26. I’m a huge fan of chili and love lots of beans in my chili so you’ve got a fan here. You also grabbed my attention with a side of cornbread. I’m suddenly hungry.

    1. Stacey says:

      I love the mix of colors and beans in this recipe.

  27. We love chili and don’t really care what time of the year it is! This recipe sounds really good and I love that it is good for you too!.

    1. Stacey says:

      It is perfect anytime!

  28. We’re having the same weather here on the east coast. We’re having one of those cool rainy days and this chili would be the perfect dinner!

    1. Stacey says:

      It really is perfect for the rainy days!

  29. I have a high metabolism and am always hungry haha! A nice bowl of chilli ( veggie for me) should do the trick and keep me warm and satisfied.

    1. Stacey says:

      How lucky! I have a very slow metabolism.

  30. Always looking for something delicious that also helps to speed the metabolism! Looks awesome, will have to try!

    1. Stacey says:

      Thanks! We love it!

  31. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    We make turkey chili all the time in our house. It’s one of the few meals that EVERYONE in the house actually agrees on 🙂

    1. Stacey says:

      It is so nice to have meals that everyone in the family enjoys!

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