This simple Instant Pot turkey chili has everything going for it: healthy, easy, and fast! Made with ground turkey, it’s a quicker and deliciously lighter version of the slow-simmered beef chili you know and love.
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Instant Pot Turkey Chili
I don’t know about you guys, but I *might* have indulged in just one too many cookies + a few too many extra helpings of comfort food over the holiday season… So right now my body is craving something (anything!) healthier — but still hearty, easy to prep, and quick to cook.
In other words, something like this healthy Instant Pot turkey chili! It’s got all the slow-simmered flavor of your favorite beef chili, but it’s lightened up thanks to ground turkey and a hefty dose of good-for-you veggies via Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies and Hunt’s Tomato Sauce. Oh, and it’s also waayyy faster, with much less cleanup, courtesy of my electric pressure cooker.
Sound good?! One delicious & healthy turkey chili recipe comin’ right up…
Ground Turkey Chili Ingredients
At first glance, the ingredient list for this Instant Pot ground turkey chili recipe appears to be a little long. But never fear, a good portion of it is just the spices, which I’ve broken up under a chili seasoning heading to make it easier on the eyes.
Because long recipe ingredient lists with lots of spices tend to overwhelm me… So I figured you might feel the same way? Plus, you can choose to multiply and mix up a bigger batch of homemade chili seasoning to have on hand for ALL of your chili needs. If you go that route, about four-ish tablespoons of seasoning is a good amount to use per batch of chili.
Aside from the spices, the main players in this yummy turkey black bean chili are:
ground turkey — no surprise here, right? Ground turkey is a lean protein that easily substitutes one for one in any dish.
chopped onions and bell peppers — besides providing flavor, these amp up the veggies quotient in this healthy turkey chili.
Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies — you didn’t think Rotel was just for cheesy dips, did you? Turns out that its unique, zesty, fresh-from-the-vine taste is perfect in your favorite chili, too. And with just 25 calories, it helps keep this ground turkey chili light but still hearty.
Hunt’s Tomato Sauce — tomato sauce is excellent for thickening chili up! I choose Hunt’s because of its vine-ripened tomato flavor and from scratch feel and taste. Plus, I’m a big believer in avoiding added sugar whenever possible, and Hunt’s contains no added sugar, corn syrup, or other sweeteners.
black beans — I know this is controversial, but chili is NOT chili without beans, in my opinion. Normally I go for some dark kidney beans, but black beans just felt right in this instance. Added bonus? They’re high in protein and fiber to help keep you full longer.
chicken stock — just a touch to add flavor and avoid that pesky burn error that Instant Pots can give when there’s not enough liquid in a recipe.
How To Make Turkey Chili in the Instant Pot
Using the Instant Pot for this healthy turkey chili is SUCH a timesaver! And trust me, you won’t miss that slow-simmered flavor at all. Cooking this ground turkey chili under pressure infuses everything with the chili seasoning in a fraction of the time it takes to cook on the stovetop. AND it’s hands off cooking — so you can get other chores done in the meantime or maybe even pick up a book and read a chapter or two.
Start by using the Sauté function to brown the ground turkey in some olive oil right in the Instant Pot insert. When it’s cooked through, add the chopped onions and bell peppers and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Next add the chicken stock and use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits up off the bottom of the pot.
From here, you pretty much just dump everything remaining into the pot! Add the Rotel, Hunt’s tomato sauce, black beans, and chili seasoning/spices. Cook at high pressure for 20 minutes, and then you’re just a quick pressure release from dinner!
Even Faster Healthy Turkey Chili
PRO TIP: Want to save EVEN MORE TIME on this easy weeknight dinner? Purchase all of your ingredients, including Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies and Hunt’s Tomato Sauce, from Walmart using Online Grocery Pickup! If you haven’t tried it, it’s an insanely easy way to get groceries in a flash.
Seriously, I ordered my groceries Sunday night before heading to bed… Then I used the Walmart app to let them know I was on my way to pick them up the next morning. I even dropped my son off at school and was still home with my groceries in under 15 minutes!
Toppings For Turkey Black Bean Chili
Though I think this healthy turkey chili recipe is just fabulous as is, I know the toppings make the chili for many. So what are some good chili toppings that are still healthy-ish? My faves are Greek yogurt, sliced green onions, sliced jalapeño peppers, chopped cilantro, cheddar cheese, and/or crushed tortilla chips. Top your chili however you want without any regrets!
More Chili Recipe Ideas
If you love this pressure cooker turkey chili recipe, here are a few other healthy Instant Pot recipes you have to try!
- Instant Pot Salsa Chicken made with just 4 ingredients
- Instant Pot sweet potatoes that are perfectly cooked every time
- hearty and comforting Instant Pot Beef And Potatoes Stew
- creamy and delicious Instant Pot Chicken Chili Verde
- perfect Instant Pot recipe for beginners: Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- best 3-ingredient Instant Pot recipe: coconut quinoa