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Healthier Version of Mom’s Famous Chilli! #Recipe


So lately I’ve been on a cooking spree, I think I caught a cooking bug or something. Hey it’s been working out great and tasting even better, so I’ll just keep sharing! Don’t forget to let me know what you think!

For this recipe, I thought I’d make up a giant pot of chilli. Who doesn’t love a good piping hot bowl on a cold fall night?
I have been trying to stay on the healthier side of things lately. So here’s my take on mom’s famous chilli.

It’s fairly easy to do. A one pot wonder if you will.

I used the biggest pot I had just to ensure I had enough room to cook everything in.


First thing is to cook your ground turkey. I used two medium packs because I was cooking for a party.

I placed it in a cold pan and then turned on the heat. Once you hear the meat starting to cook, season your meat with some salt and pepper, basil and oregano.

Add about 1-2 cups of water. Its better to add the water before the meat is fully cooked as it helps break it apart nicely.


Add in your crushed tomatoes and turn your heat down to low stir occasionally.

Add your beans and chickpeas (*note* wash before- I find they change the taste if you down rinse them). Chop your pepper and add it into your meat mixture.

I added about two tablespoons of chilli powder and 1 tablespoon of cumin powder.

I also added a teaspoon or two of brown sugar because I was a little heavy on the chilli.

Add in your kale and stir well.


Add in a teaspoon or two of your garlic powder and onion powder. If you’re using fresh onions, cut them up super fine and add it in. I would only use a small onion or half of one.

If you find your chilli is too thick, add a bit more water.





Until next time,










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Category: Food, Friday Food Frenzy, Main Dish, Recipes, Weekly Themes

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A number of years ago I went blind, and as a result found out I had Multiple Sclerosis. After my diagnosis, I attended a new high school for the visually impaired. That is where I met the love of my life, my husband Dylan. Dylan helped me get through becoming blind and find joy in life again. Shortly after graduating, we moved to Ottawa together and in December of 2011, we were married. A year later we welcomed our beautiful son Marshall to the world. In 2015, after two miscarriages we welcomed our beautiful rainbow baby Charlotte into the world. It hasn't been easy adjusting to being blind and living with M.S on a daily basis , and being a mom of two on top of everything. Life has been... lets say challenging! But oh so worth it!

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  1. Victoria Ess says:

    Chili is one of my favourite things to make! They are so many different variations you can make and I prefer the healthier ones too.

  2. Brenda A says:

    I love this time of year for cooking inspirations! Thanks! And, yes, always rinse canned beans very well before using!

  3. Florence C says:

    I love chili but I never added chick peas or cumin. I must remember next time I make chili.

  4. Aimee Robison says:

    I love chili at this time of year. I never thought about adding ground turkey before, always cook it with ground beef. This sounds like a great alternative. I am going to have to try it out. Thank you for posting 🙂

  5. DARLENE W says:

    This was in past years our Halloween dinner. Hearty and filling

  6. Jenn says:

    I agree with Aimee – I love chili for the colder seasons, but I have stopped making and eating chili for some reason. However, this recipes sounds amazing and healthy so I definitely will be trying it out!

  7. beyondseeingwithcourtney says:

    it was completely gone at the party I made it for! I think it was pretty darn tasty !!

  8. Judy Cowan says:

    Definitely chili weather! Thanks for the recipe, next time I make my recipe I might try and add some of your healthier additions. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Victoria Ess says:

    This sounds really flavourful! Kale sounds like a great ingredient and it’s one of my favourite veggies. Never would have thought to use it in chili though! Thank you!

  10. Lynda Cook says:

    Mmmmm, looks very good, I have never thought of putting Kale in though, thanks for sharing a great recipe!!

  11. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I make a really good turkey chili too I use grape tomatoes, peppers. jalapeno, mushrooms, kidney beans, onions, I never put kale or chick peas in it. I pretty much use the same spices but I also add dried cilantro.

  12. JaimeeM says:

    Oh, this looks good.I love chili, thanks!

  13. Fan R says:

    Chili is super delicious, I do not add kale but now I think it can add some fancy flavours to the whole dish.

  14. kristen visser says:

    mmm sounds and looks delicious and I have not had chili for so long. I must give it a try because my mouth is watering

  15. kathy downey says:

    I have never added kale,but sounds interesting will try next time i make

  16. loriag says:

    I will have to show your recipe to the husband, he is the master chili maker in the house. It does look good to me.

  17. kathy downey says:

    We made this for a pot luck it was a hit

  18. Shelley N says:

    now that the cold weather is here I will definitely have to try this lower fat version

  19. kathy downey says:

    I love chili and I have never added chick peas or cumin but will next time I made it

  20. Treen Goodwin says:

    yummy , looks and sounds delish , chili is so good , i will def be trying your recipe , thanks for sharing !

  21. kathy downey says:

    We are having this tonight,its so delicious

  22. kathy downey says:

    I like adding the kale,it gets some greens in the kids

  23. kathy downey says:

    This has fast became our favorite and had pushed my recipe out the door

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