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Turkey Chili Con Frijoles (with Beans)

Turkey chili with beans is a great way to have comfort food, but with a little added health benefit. Lean ground turkey and fiber-packed chili beans are stewed with tomatoes and spices, then served up with some low fat cheese and healthy, blue corn tortilla chips!
Yep.  I’m still riding the healthy eating train!  One taste of this delicious turkey chili may cause you to doubt it’s healthiness though.  It’s packed full of flavor, it’s hearty, satisfying, and downright yummi!

Promotional Disclaimer:  In exchange for this review post, I was provided with full-sized bags of Food Should Taste Good products to sample.  No monetary or other compensation was provided. I tasted and reviewed the chips on my own terms.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Turkey Chili Con Frijoles (with beans) from ItsYummi.com - only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus! Healthy & delicious!

Turkey Chili Con Frijoles (with beans) from ItsYummi.com - only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus! Healthy & delicious!

 

I love being amping up the flavor of meals with fresh spices and herbs especially smoky, deep, earthy ones.  Some of my favorite spices to use are dried chipotle peppers, cinnamon, and cardamom. This turkey chili is perfect, because it contains all three of those spices.

As I try to lose weight, I’m learning just how severe my addiction to carbohydrates is. The foods that I crave the most have unhealthy, simple carbohydrates in them.  I get out of control with my eating when it comes to breads, chips, and pastas.  I recite the “all good things in moderation” mantra daily.  Thankfully, there are low-carb products available to help me snack smarter.

One of those products is made by a company called Food Should Taste Good.

The company sent me a few bags of their snack chips to sample. No kidding, I honestly feel like these chips were made with me in mind! I’m pretty picky about my snack chips, but these are really delicious!

They satisfy my desire for something crunchy and salty without packing on the carbohydrates, and they don’t taste like they’re healthy.  I tried the sweet potato kettle chips and if I hadn’t known that they were healthy, I would never have guessed it!  Because they contain healthy ingredients like flax, quinoa, sunflower seeds, and whole grains, they’re much higher in fiber and protein than ordinary chips, which brings the net carb totals down.

Don’t misunderstand, though.  These aren’t carb-free or anything, but they’re perfect for people who need a healthier alternative for their snack cravings.  A one ounce portion (about 15 chips) of the Sweet Potato Kettle Chips is only 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus.  The Cheddar Tortilla Chips calculated out that way, too.

Not too shabby for a snack, or as a side with my turkey chili!  I had a serving of the cheddar tortilla chips with it. They were perfect for dipping.

The healthy news gets even better, though!  The FSTG products are all natural, certified Kosher, gluten-free, and they contain no preservatives.  Thank you, Lord!  I can finally read a label and pronounce every word on the ingredient list.  “Sweet potatoes, sunflower oil, sea salt.”  That’s it… no nasty High Fructose Corn Syrup or GMO’s.  This is real food, my friend!

There are 18 tortilla flavors to choose from, 4 flavors of kettle cooked chips, and they make brown rice crackers, too!  With flavors like onion, cheddar, BBQ, salt & vinegar, Kimchi, hemp, jalapeno, and even CHOCOLATE, there’s bound to be a flavor for everyone’s taste.  I can’t wait to get my hands on a bag of those chocolate tortilla chips!

Food Should Taste Good Cheddar Tortilla Chips

 

If you can’t find the chips in your local store, you can purchase them through the company’s online shop.  They have a great following on their social media pages, too.  I’ve seen them give away products and coupons from time to time, so you may want to head over and “like” them up on FacebookPinterestand Twitter!

Here is the turkey chili recipe for you. Enjoy!

 

Turkey Chili Con Frijoles (with beans) from ItsYummi.com - only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus! Healthy & delicious!

Turkey Chili from ItsYummi.com - only 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus!

Turkey Chili Con Frijoles

Lean ground turkey, fresh veggies, and dark red kidney beans create this comfort food chili!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 6
Calories 260 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz uncooked 99% fat-free ground turkey breast
  • 1 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced small
  • 15.5 oz can dark red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 8 oz canned tomato sauce
  • 14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes undrained
  • 4.25 oz can diced green chiles drained
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Cook turkey in a large non-stick soup pot over medium high heat. After 2-3 minutes, add the bell pepper and onion. Cook until turkey has browned and vegetables are semi-soft, about 4-5 more minutes.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, except for cheddar cheese. Turn heat to high, bringing items to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to combine.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish each serving with 1 Tablespoon shredded cheese*

Notes

*Each serving is 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus, with or without the cheese on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 25gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 592mgFiber: 7gSugar: 7g
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13 Comments

  1. My junk food loving husband didn’t like the cardamom. Bummer! I loved it! So I think next time I will just omit it. Loved how easy and fast this was to make. Will definitely put this recipe in rotation!

    1. Aww, that IS a bummer, Maureen! Cardamom is a taste that isn’t for everyone, though. I’m glad YOU enjoyed it and I’m sure you’ll be able to tweak it to suit your husband’s tastes, too.
      Maybe if you top it with Fritos, he’ll eat it! 🙂

  2. Becca, the Turkey Chili recipe has me completely intrigued. Ordinarily I wouldn’t think of cinnamon and cardamom in chili, but in a way the flavor profiles seem to work. I’ll have to give it a try to know for sure. The chips sound terrific too!

    1. Thanks for stopping by to take a look, Brooks! I hope that you’ll try this recipe out. I think the deep flavors from the cinnamon and the cardamom enhance the somewhat bland taste of the ground turkey, making it a great combo! I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on it if you try it out 🙂

  3. This recipe sounds Yummy!! I will defiantly have to try it. The VA has me on a calorie diet and they track my progress daily. I have lost 35lbs so far but still have a ways to go. Your recipe doesn’t include the calorie content but as I gather the ingredients I can add them up. Thank you for posting!

  4. I am the manager of our local curves, and curves complete is helping us all lose weight! This chili is definitely on my list to make!

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