Christine’s Mexican Turkey Chili

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Christine's Mexican Turkey Chili

I love chili! Chili is a very diet-friendly meal when you’re trying to lose weight, especially with the 17 Day Diet.

I hate to admit this, but I used to buy in the can years ago and empty into a pot and let it simmer away until it was nice and hot.

I stopped doing that when I started paying attention to labels and noticed most canned chili is filled with fillers like soy!

Talk about gross!

A great homemade chili is really easy to make.

I love the spices in this chili – they are all my favorite!

A combination of warm and bright spices make this dish very flavorful!

Whatever you do, don’t skip the tomato paste – this gives the dish a nice, rich flavor.

Skip the canned variety *and* use your own spices as opposed to those yucky packaged kind and you have yourself a healthy meal!

Christine's Mexican Turkey Chili

This Turkey Chili can be modified a tad to make it cycle 1 compliant.

I have notes in the ingredient section so you know how to make this low-carb.


Christine's Mexican Turkey Chili

Christine's Mexican Turkey Chili

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A warm and comforting chili for a cold day!


  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey (can substitute ground chicken)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can red kidney beans (14 oz) (omit for Cycle 1)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz) (substitute 2-3 large tomatoes)
  • ¾ cup chopped mushrooms (substitute canned mushrooms – drained)
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray heat over medium heat.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook for one minute.
  3. Add onion, green pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms and spices; cook 2-3 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink.
  4. Stir in kidney beans and tomato paste and simmer for 20 minutes.


To make this Cycle 1 friendly, omit kidney beans.

Approved for cycles 2 and 3.

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Recipe and photo courtesy of 17ddblog reader, Christine!

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