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Recipe: TurkeyLentil Chili

This is such a great and filling recipe, you hardly notice its good for you

Turkey-Lentil Chili Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry lentils

  • 2 quarts vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 pound turkey sausage

  • 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

  • sea salt to taste

  • 1 (8 ounce) container plain lowfat yogurt

  • cup chopped fresh parsley for garnish

How to Make Turkey-Lentil Chili

  1. Bring lentils and vegetable broth to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the garlic, onion, celery, and sausage; cook and stir until the sausage is crumbly and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, turmeric, cumin, thyme, and red pepper flakes; cook 5 minutes more.

  3. Stir the sausage mixture into the simmering lentils. Continue simmering until the lentils are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Garnish each serving with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped parsley to serve.

Turkey-Lentil Chili Nutritions

  • Calories: 240.3 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 26.8 g

  • Cholesterol: 29.7 mg

  • Fat: 7.2 g

  • Fiber: 11.1 g

  • Protein: 17.5 g

  • SaturatedFat: 1.7 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 669.9 mg

  • Sugar: 5.2 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Turkey-Lentil Chili Reviews

  • We all enjoyed this tremendously - I used one pound of ground turkey (not sausage), two cans of diced chili-ready tomatoes and added carrots. I found that I needed more broth to thin it up a bit - ended up adding two more cups. I also felt it needed lots more cumin, salt, and pepper. We served with whole wheat naan bread and everyone cleaned their bowls Very healthy dish - good for your heart

  • I thought this was a really nice recipe. I am not a big fan of pork sausage, but I did like the turkey sausage. I omitted the celery as I also dont care for celery. And I cut down on the garlic by 1/2. I love garlic, but I think you would have only tasted garlic had I put in the full amount called for. I also lightened it up a bit by adding a little chicken stock, as indeed, it is very thick. And I used sour cream instead of yogurt. But dang This was pretty good Served it with warm crusty sour dough rolls, and it was a very full meal. I will definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing.

  • My husband and I really enjoyed this dish. It was hearty enough without being overly heavy and the flavor was good, but not too strong. I made the recipe without any modifications and I would make it the same way again.

  • We LOVED this recipe. I made it for my husband and I thinking my kids wouldnt eat it, but they and their friends all had seconds and thirds

  • This was very, very good. I only had one cup of Lentils so I added a cup of split green peas. This was a great addition. I also used only 1 quarts broth instead of2 to get a thicker chili. I also added a little corn to give a nice sweet crunch

  • A favorite of mine - make it at least once a month. Healthy, tasty, etc. I do add more spices as other reviewers recommended.

  • I didnt have any turkey sausage, so I used some grilled chicken breasts instead. The chili was a hit at my schools chili cookoff

  • Loved it. I chopped up two red bell peppers and added them to the vegetables and they added a delicious flavor.

  • Good base, needed a bit more spice in my opinion, but will make again.

  • This was VERY yummy I did leave out the yogurt as a garnish as it just seem to fit into my thoughts on this dish...Janpie recommended this to me..she wasnt wrong :)

  • Holy cow was this delicious I almost didnt make it because we are such chili purists, but Im stoked that I did I added three chopped jalapenos because we like it spicy. I also used ground chicken instead of the turkey sausage, and low sodium chicken broth. I will make this again and again with which ever meats I have available. So healthy Thanks a million for this one

  • Very good recipe. I changed the yogurt to low fat sour cream. The lentils make this hearty and healthy. I will make this again for superbowl Sunday

  • Great taste This was easy to prepare. The yogurt really makes the recipe

  • I didnt have any turkey sausage, so I used some grilled chicken breasts instead. The chili was a hit at my schools chili cookoff

  • This came out good With a little doctoring, this recipe is a 5. I didnt need the whole 12 servings, so I cut it back to 6 and kept the garlic and seasoning amounts at 12. I added a bit of salt and pepper, a few shakes of pepper sauce, 1 tsp of chicken broth powder and used a can of diced tomatoes in place of the regular toms called for. In the end, I added about a tsp of a high quality chili powder and it was just the polishing the chili needed. Be careful with cooking the sausage through with the garlic. Garlic burns easily, so I added mine once the sausage was done, and cooked until fragrant, before adding the tomatoes. This isnt a traditional chili, but whatever you call it, its delicious.

  • I loved this "chili" My kids liked it as well. I used ground turkey (93%lean) as that is what I had on hand, and subsequently I think I should have increased the spices more as my version lacked the spices already in the sausage. Regardless, it was excellent.

  • This was fantastic :)

  • I put my own swing of things in this recipe, adding lentils to chili was a great idea, thanks for sharing

  • This is such a simple awesome recipe. Easy ingredients and easy instructions. We have made this several times. It should be something on the Hungry Girl web site as it is so healthy and low in fat and all the stuff she promotes Try it and tweek it if you like it spicier but I am fine with it... Not sure why its called chili but yummy

  • Excellent While we would not refer to this as chili (more like soup to us), regardless, it was still fantastic Really easy to throw together and very healthy. I did about one and a half times of all of my spices and the flavour was really nice, not too overpowering. I didnt have tomatoes, so added a 28oz can of diced. I used orange lentils as that was all I had, and I didnt boil them for the 10 mins with the broth as I find they tend to cook fairly quick. Also used ground turkey, not turkey sausage. Left out the yogurt at the end, liked the idea of it better without Thanks for the great recipe

  • This was surprisingly good. My husband says he doesnt like the lintels much. Since lintels dont have much flavor I assume that means he doesnt like their texture so I might try blending them next time or perhaps purposely overcooking them so they are extra soft. He also doesnt like tomatoes so I used baby tomatoes so I could easily keep them off his plate. I left off the yogurt and parsley, it didnt need it and I think it might detract from the flavor.

  • Id call it more of a stew than a chili. If was different, but very good. I served it with cornbread.

  • This was excellent one of my favorite chili dishes ever

  • This was great and really easy to make. My husband even went for a second helpingThe only variation I made was, I didnt have ground turkey, so I just shredded a turkey breast and used that instead. It turned out great. I will make this recipe again and pass it on to friends.

  • Very Good Simple and tasty. Made some changes since I didnt have everything on hand. - Instead of 2 qts vegetable broth, I used 1 qt chicken broth and 1 qt water. - Used 3 cloves of garlic- I didnt have cumin or thyme, so I added some chili powder instead.- Only had canned diced tomatoes on hand, so I used those instead of fresh tomatoes.- Left out the yogurt as Im not a fan of it.The boyfriend had seconds

  • Unbelievably good. We used our leftover turkey meat from Thanksgiving and followed the rest of the recipe exactly. My husband and I both loved it

  • Awesome Followed the directions with the exception of adding 2 cans of diced tomato in place of the fresh tomato and doubled the spices. The sour cream didnt appeal to me when I was first reading the directions, but after trying a bowl of chili with and without the sour cream, I must say that the sour cream and parsley definitely make this dish even better.

  • This is really, really good. I used ground turkey, chicken broth, halved the recipe using the same amount of seasonings, and omitted the yogurt based on others reviews. I also added a little ground coriander (just because I had it and it seemed appropriate). Im planning on making another batch to take for lunches. Awesome recipe. Thanks

  • I made this as a soup so I just added more liquid. I used a combination of broth, vegetable, beef and chicken. I did not have the turmeric or the yogurt. This was DELICIOUS, EASY and QUICK. Will make again often.

  • Flavorful and healthy The family loved it.

  • My family really liked this. I made a couple of changes. I did not have any tomatoes, so I used the 8 oz. can of tomato sauce I had in the cupboard. I also used chicken broth. Thanks, I will make this again

  • This soup is delicious

  • I made this recipe with about 1.3 pounds of ground turkey and added spices from a recipe for ground turkey sausage. I then made the dish as listed and it turned out great. Its flavorful, healthy, and quick to make.

  • Used regular Italian sausage and it worked just fine. I made this for a large group of people and they just loved it

  • This is a really good hearty chili. Perfect spicing, so lots of flavor. I didnt change a thing.

  • This was easy to make and it made enough for my boyfriend and I to eat dinner and both have lunch for 2 more days. Instead of turkey, I used meatless crumbles and it was still very good.

  • A keeper Awesome flavor, family loved it Used Black Lentils instead (its what I had). Thanks for sharing.

  • Ive made this before and it was REALLY good My 7-1/2 year son added some cinnamon, and it was tasty Well make it again today, the same way, after sledding in our snow-covered coastal area.

  • This was delicious Hubby could not believe it was made with lentil;)

  • Delicious Like others, I made with pork sausage because thats what I had on hand. When I make it again, I will use turkey sausage. The only other thing I thought was missing was chili powder and cayenne. So I added a tablespoon and a dash of cayenne, because I like chili to be a little spicy. I also didnt have tomatoes, so I used a large can of crushed tomatoes. It worked out perfectly This is a very hearty, filling, delicious version of chili Loved it

  • Serves great with sweet jalapeo cornbread. I added extra red pepper flakes and some cayenne to make it a little spicier. Delicious

  • Very good Added 2 carrots and used canned diced tomatos instead of fresh. Turned out a bit watery, but really good. Next time will try adding more veggies (peppers) and maybe brown rice.

  • I found this recipe in the Perricone Prescription also. I tried it with Pork sausage once and it was pretty good. I think I like his healthier version best.

  • This was very good and fast. I made it just as written with only one change: adding carrots. One piece of advice: next time I will brown the sausage by itself and drain it well, before adding onions and celery. I didnt get a chance to drain it and it was quite greasy around the edges. The flavor was great. Even my picky husband, 3 and 5 year old ate some. I will make this one again for sure.

  • Not quite what I was expecting, but very good Mine came out very liquidy, more like soup than chili, so I cooked up some macaroni to mix in with it.

  • This was the first recipe on your site that my husband ASKED me to save. Its man-tested. And I liked it too

  • Absolutely delicious. I left out the turkey sausage and it was still extremely tasty.

  • I really liked this recipe. I made a few changes though. I used 1 cup of salsa instead of tomatoes, and ground turkey instead of turkey sausage. I omitted the celery and used mushrooms instead. I also didnt use the vegetable broth or the parsley. I used chicken broth. I didnt use the yogurt because I am lactose intolerant. I added the salsa because it gave the chili a lot more flavor. I served the chili with quinoa.

  • Fantastic I made the recipe as listed, except I did not have fresh tomatoes so I substituted with canned. Other than that, I followed the dish exactly and it was wonderful. Thanks for such a great recipe

  • Fantastic and hearty I substituted zucchini for celery (added celery salt), ginger for turmeric and rotisserie chicken for the turkey sausage. I added some more spice using about a tsp of Chipotle Tabasco. It got rave reviews. The spices really give this soup the best flavor.

  • Delicious

  • This is a GREAT recipe So versatile, so healthy, so yummy. Thank you for sharing

  • I love this recipe I use ground turkey and tomato sauce instead of sausage and an actual tomato. Ive made it quite a few times and most recently added butternut squash to it... absolutely delicious

  • Everyone loves it, even my preschooler

  • Yummy. I used ground pork because of a turkey recall. Left out the yogurt and topped it with crushed tortilla chips for more texture. I will definitely make this again.

  • As one son said: Doesnt look that good, but tastes yummy. Used turkey broth and ground turkey, and therefore multiplied the garlic and rest of spices by 1.5 and added 1.5 tsp of chilli powder. Added 2 tsp of sea salt. Still fairly mild but just right for the range of tastes for my family.

  • Awesome soup My husband raved about it and has thirds I used spicy turkey sausage...yum

  • I loved this, my husband not so much. I used canned tomatoes. Weve made it a few times and will keep it in the rotation.

  • This is awesome My mother who hates vegetable soup and lentils even LOVED this The only things I did differently was that I had to use chicken and kale sausage because it was all I had. I also used sour cream instead of yogurt, and just added it to the pot instead of adding it to each individual bowl. YUM Thanks

  • I used a little more turmeric and Cumin and it had a great taste similar to Indian food. If you enjoy Indian flavor food go for it.

  • Like some others said, this had more of a soup-like consistency rather than chili so when I make it again, I will only use 1 qt of broth and perhaps a bit of water, if needed. I used chicken broth instead of vegetable, ground turkey instead of turkey sausage, and canned diced tomatoes. I ran out of turmeric, so threw in some chili powder. I also added some rice to make up for the thin consistency. I will definitely try it with turkey sausage but I had to use what I had on hand.

  • I followed the recipe as is, and my family loved it. I will definitely make this again.

  • Lacked flavour. I had to exclude the celery because we didnt have any at the house. I subbed celery salt for the celery & salt, though. Also had to sub chicken broth for two of the cans of vegetable broth, as I only had one can let of vegetable broth. Apart from that, made exactly as stated. I think I needed to simmer the lentels longer than stated, though. They still seemed quite hard when I ate them. Hoping leftovers are better due to sitting in the liquid over night. It wasnt bad. It just wasnt my favorite. I plan to make it again and perhaps throw in something else for flavor. :)

  • It was ok. Made it just as written. Have had this at others homes and it was not the same. Most likely will continue to try other recipes.

  • This Lentil Turkey Chile was absolutely delicious, everyone loved it and wanted the recipe, very easy and so tasty and healthy

  • My non-adventerous husband LOVED this recipe. I have bragged to everyone I know about it and will be passing it out today. Cant wait to make it again.

  • This was wonderful The whole family was asking for more. Even the "picky" eaters

  • I didnt have turkey sausage so I just used ground turkey. It was still good.

  • Ok so Im rating this even though I made some changes... but... I have to because it was amazing I had a bunch of veggies to use up and threw them in; as well, I used deli chicken, cubed, instead of sausage. And I didnt skin/seed my tomatoes. And I used half chicken stock, half veggie because thats what I had at home. But really, the base is what Im rating. I used a tablespoon each of the cumin and turmeric, having read other comments. Didnt have thyme but was liberal with the salt and pepper. The flavours in this dish just burst The dollop of plain yogurt (I used plain Greek yogurt) on top makes for a wonderful contrast to the broth which has just the right amount of kick to it (oh, I threw in a chopped banana pepper, seeds and all). Will make this again and again, thank you

  • This was very good but I did make some changes to make it more my taste. I subbed a cup of split peas because I only had one cup of lentils. I used ground turkey instead of sausage. I added a jalapeno and a bell pepper and a cup of diced sweet potato. Instead of fresh tomato, I used a can of Rotel and a can of tomato paste. Instead of turmeric, I used curry powder and I added a teaspoon of chili powder and a teaspoon of ancho powder. Turned out excellent.

  • Wow This chili was a huge hit with my family Flavorful and filling is hard to find in a dish that is also healthy and inexpensive (as long as you already have the spices). This is going in my permanent cookbook. Thank you for sharing this recipe I did add a little feta to the top and cilantro instead of parsley because we had it but Im sure it would be just as amazing exactly as written.

  • This really is so flavorful. I used 2 lbs ground turkey, lean, 1/4 lb pork sausage, fire roasted tomatoes instead of fresh, added a can of yellow corn. Also really upped the garlic, cumin, turmeric. Kept other spices as called for. Truly so flavorful my boys forgot it wasnt traditional chili. I must say a tad bit of sour cream on top puts THIS OVER THE TOP

  • Awesome recipe. I modified it by adding spinach. I used one pound of ground turkey and mixed in garlic powder, cumin, and a spice mixture including black pepper, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, and marjoram. I used cumin, chipotle, coriander and the cinnamon spice mixture in the broth. I added a little pit of lime juice to balance out the sweetness from the tomatoes.

  • Loved it, but made a few changes. I used 6 cups of water instead of 8 to get a stew vs soup consistency, I also doubled all the spices since Im used to eating a lot of South Asian food and so this seemed pretty bland.

  • Liked it but did not love it - thus the 4 stars. A bit bland - am sure it could be spiced up. Filling and healthy so its got that going for it The yogurt a nice touch too.

  • Just add the yogurt as you cook it, and use crushed red pepper to spice it up.

  • This was really good My family loved it. I didnt use the thyme and I added a little chili powder. I will definitely make this again.

  • I loved this recipe I substituted sour cream for the yogurt and toasted portuguese rolls to go with it. The pickiest eater in my family even liked it.

  • Decent flavor, and has lots of potential and were going to play with it. Suggest to alter the turkey ingredient to state "bulk turkey sausage". Depending on the type of lentil used, you need to simmer more or less time. Adding yoghurt is a must - tastes great Perhas briefly saute the parsley in butter before adding it.

  • I made this and we loved it. I will make it again during the winter. We found it gave us gas...just being honest here...but eating a little at a time is best, or put some beano on it. Its hard to eat just a little, it really is tasty

  • I recently saw a cooking show where cooks were encouraged to seek and find soon to expire fresh and canned vegetables. So used 2 cans of diced tomatoes and a can of black beans washed & drained. We are not big sausage eaters, so I found a sausage recipe and extracted the spices marjoram leaves, cloves, brown sugar. Added some salt and pepper. Nice soup for a cold, wintry day. And pretty healthy, too.

  • Very good used red lentils and homemade stock. very healthy

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