An Easy Chili Recipe that Counts as Healthy Food

Chili doesn’t sound healthy, especially when you think about thick chunks of steak and lots of gooey melty cheese.  But there’s a way to make an easy chili recipe that’s healthy food and tastes just as good (especially if you add a bit of that cheese).


Makes a bunch (lots of leftovers)

  • Cooktop
  • Pot
  • Stirring spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Can opener
  • Two cans of Busch’s chili magic
  • Two pounds of ground turkey
  • One can of corn nibblets
  • Two onions
  • Two 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • Optional: One package of Mexican shredded cheese blend
  • Optional: Tacos or Tostito scoops


  1. On the cutting board, dice the onion [link to how to dice an onion].
  2. Put the pot on a burner and turn the burner to medium high.  Put the diced onion into the pot.
  3. Cut open the turkey packages and put the turkey into the pot.  (Watch not to get that piece of absorbent material into the pot, as well.)  Note: turkey need not be defrosted. Easy Chili Recipe Step One: Raw Onions and Turkey
  4. Use the spoon to break up the turkey and mix it with the onion.  Cook until the turkey is no longer pink (it turns grey).
  5. Open and drain the can of corn and the diced tomatoes.
  6. Pour in the cans of Busch’s Chili Magic and the drained corn and tomatoes.
  7. Simmer for 10 minutes to let flavors blend.Easy Chili Recipe Done

Since ground turkey has far less fat than ground beef, here you have a relatively healthy dinner!


You can flavor it up a bit by sprinkling on a small amount of the Mexican cheese.  You can also put it into taco shells or eat it with Tostito scoops.  These obviously trade the “healthy food” aspect down a bit for more flavor, but you can adjust to your goals.


Busch’s chili magic is sometimes on the shelves near canned vegetables (as opposed to Mexican food).

Turkey sometimes comes in different fat percentages.  You can get up to 99% lean (a level of leanness ground beef doesn’t approach.)

If you really want beef chili, you can get it lean by asking the person working the meat counter to trim and grind a sirloin steak up for you.  Not cheap, but that brings you closer to turkey’s healthy food stature.

The quantities indicated here make lots of leftovers.  Store it in a tupperware in the fridge and it will keep for a good long while.


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