Healthy and Homemade

Easy Spicy Turkey Chili Recipe

Easy Spicy Turkey Chili

Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: About 1 hr | Makes: 6 servings

This quick and spicy chili made with ground turkey lies somewhere between a hearty, rib-sticking beef chili and a lighter vegetarian version. The ground turkey is cooked with red bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Chili powder, cayenne, cumin, and little bit of cinnamon are added to add a little spice, then tomatoes and white beans are stirred in and left to simmer until the flavors mingle. In about an hour, this will be the easiest meal you’ve made in a while.  Sounds perfect for the big game coming up on Sunday.


For the chili:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, medium dice
  • 1 medium yellow onion, medium dice
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf

For serving: (Optional)

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Increase the heat to medium high, add the turkey, and cook, breaking it up into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until it’s no longer pink and is just cooked through, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add the chili powder, measured salt, oregano, cumin, cayenne, and cinnamon, stir to coat the turkey and vegetables, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes and their juices as well as the broth or stock, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Add the beans and return to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium low, add the bay leaf, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld, about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the bay leaf. Taste and season with additional salt as needed. Serve with the cheese, sour cream, and chips, for topping.

Shaking My Head

Don’t lie to me, you know you’re laughing right now.  You’re laughing because its true.  100% true.  The only way this picture could be more accurate is if this little kid was drooling, which I may or may not do whenever a cheat meal is coming up.


Workout of the Week

This week we’re alternating between a single KB exercise and a plyometric exercise.  You’ve got three of each.  Go through the circuit 3-5 times, in order, with the prescribed reps.

  1. KB Clean and Press – 20
  2. Squat Jump – 20
  3. KB Around the World – 30
  4. Jumping Jacks – 30
  5. KB Swing – 40
  6. Mountain Climber – 40

Exercise of the Week

Plank Variation

This week I’ve got a variation of the front plank for you to try out.  It’s a very simple adjustment, but one that can have your triceps burning in no time.  Simple take one hand and place it flat on the ground as if you are at the bottom of a pushup position.  Hold your elbow in tight to your ribcage, and keep it as close to 90 degrees as possible.  Switch arms every 15-20 seconds.  Holding this 90 degree angle will really get your triceps going, adding another dimension to an already great exercise.

Weekend Workout

Who’s ready to get after it this weekend???  We don’t have any football to worry about on Sunday, and the Cats game is an early one on Saturday.  So we don’t have any excuse not to workout.  And since it’s SO F*CKING cold outside, I’m going to be nice and give you guys one of my treadmill workouts.

Here’s how it works:

  • I want you to pick a distance, anywhere above 3 miles.  If you are a runner, something that you would be able to run in less than an hour if you were running outside.
  • Now, you’re going to run for one minute on the treadmill, and then rest for 30 seconds with your feet off the track.  Repeat this run:rest interval (2:1) until you reach you chosen distance.  The trick here, obviously, is that the faster your run, the quicker you will get to your destination.
  • Also, as you can tell you will only be running about 2/3 of the distance covered.  So, don’t be afraid to up the distance to something further than you think you can run.

No let’s get after it this weekend!! WORK HARD!!