Sunday, August 5, 2012

Speedy Paleo Turkey Chili

I've made quite a few paleo chilis, and my favorite is still Mark Sisson's bison version from his Primal Blueprint cookbook. Honorable mention goes to Well Fed's Chocolate Chili, but let's be honest... have you ever had a BAD bowl of chili? I feel like the worst that can happen is it's not seasoned enough, which can be remedied with a shake of the hand.

Tonight I needed something fast and kid-friendly, so I turned to a lb. of ground turkey thigh meat and some pantry staples. I liked that this one came together so quickly and was really versatile. I ate my meat on top of some lettuce, greened up further with jalapeno, cilantro and avocado while the kids had theirs in bowls topped with shredded raw cheddar.

Speedy Paleo Turkey Chili

1 tbs. olive oil
1 lb. ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
6 minced garlic cloves
1 tbs. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbs. tomato paste
1 can 14 oz. diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 cup chicken or beef broth
1/4 cup water
toppings of choice

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Brown turkey meat and then remove. Add onion to pan and cook until soft; add garlic and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Add chili powder, cumin, red pepper and salt. Stir in tomato paste and cook for another minute.

Add diced tomatoes, broth and water, bringing mixture to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until thickened. Taste for seasoning.


  1. This looks awesome! I'm going to have to make it this week! Thanks for a great idea on how to serve it also...I like the idea of having it atop some lettuce~!

  2. glad you like it Lisa! I swear I could put almost anything on top of lettuce ;)

    1. So I finally made the chili "salad" (What I'm calling it) a taco salad, but with chili. It was delish! I put mine over lettuce, then topped with avocado, red bell pepper and salsa! I've eaten it two days in a row. This is definitely a keeper of a recipe! Thanks again!

  3. What a great idea. My turkey chili recipe is just like this but with beans. I'll leave them out next time and give it a go. Thanks!