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Bowl of turkey lentil chili garnished with cheese, avocado and sour cream
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Turkey Lentil Chili

Turkey Lentil Chili with GROUND or LEFTOVER holiday turkey, lentils, beans and bold spices. A healthy chili loaded with flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turkey chili, turkey lentil chili, lentil turkey chili
Servings: 8


  • 1 tablespoon oil vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey OR 2 - 2 1/2 cups leftover turkey
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper any color, diced
  • 1 small jalapeno seeded, finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed 
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce + 1/2 can of water
  • 14 ounces can diced tomatoes
  • 1 whole lime
  • 3 cups V8 juice (24 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro chopped

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 cup corn frozen or canned
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


  • Gather the ingredients then chop the onion, bell pepper and celery. Finely mince the jalapeno and grate the garlic then set it all aside. 
  • Drizzle the olive oil to a large pot over medium heat then drop in the ground turkey and season it with salt and pepper to taste, letting it sear.
  • Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, celery and garlic and continue cooking 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables are tender breaking up the turkey with a spoon or spatula while it cooks. 
  • Pour in the lentils, rinsed and drained black beans, tomato sauce, water, V-8 juice, diced tomatoes, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper then stir well to blend. 
  • Cover and cook over medium-low heat 25-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender, stirring occasionally so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Last add the chopped cilantro and (optional) corn then taste for salt and if you want it spicier, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper and serve with your favorite toppings.

Topping Ideas:

  • Cheddar cheese, plain Greek yogurt, sour cream, onions, pickled jalapenos, lime wedges, avocado, guacamole, cornbread, oyster crackers, Fritos, extra cilantro