Quick Bodybuilding Turkey Chili

10 Bowls231 cals

It’s time to meal prep on your stovetop with a Quick Bodybuilding Turkey Chili! This high protein chili recipe is packed with flavor, healthy, and the best part? Doesn’t take all day to make!

Guess what? You don’t need a slow cooker to make this and you can make enough for the whole week!

Start this meal prep by taking out a stovetop pan big enough for all of your ingredients, turning your burner on medium heat, and adding in 1 1/2 tablespoons of some olive oil to it.

Once your pan heats up add in 1 package (20.8 ounces) of either lean ground beef or turkey and brown it. I like using 93/7 for this quick bodybuilding turkey chili recipe but anything above 90/10 should work great!

How To Brown Ground Beef or Turkey

All you have to do to brown it is to simply cook it. This should take around 5-10 minutes depending on how much you’re browning and what temperature you’re browning it on. Whatever seasonings you want to add is completely up to you.

Since we’re using a lean ground meat there shouldn’t be much fat leftover after browning it. If there is or you’re using a less lean meat you can optionally drain it. Do I drain it? Almost never as animal fat is healthy!

Once browned add in the rest of your ingredients starting with 2 cups of water, 1 can of drained & rinsed dark red kidney beans, 1 can drained & rinsed black beans, 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic, 1 large can of crushed tomatoes, 1 packet of chili seasoning mix, 6 tablespoons of diced green chiles, 1/2 chopped up red onion, and 1 chopped up red bell pepper.

While adding in your ingredients make sure to occasionally mix everything around so that nothing burns.

Want to lower the sodium in the recipe? Look for lower sodium ingredients like a reduced sodium chili seasoning mix.

You can also easily switch up the flavors of your quick bodybuilding turkey chili by using other vegetables, seasonings, and so on. Let us know your favorite chili variations in the comments below!

Mix all of those ingredients together and bring your chili to a boil. Bringing it to a boil should only take a couple minutes.

Turn your burner down to low heat once it starts to boil and cover your chili. Let your quick bodybuilding turkey chili simmer for 30-35 minutes.

Take your chili off the heat and top it with whatever you want! My favorite toppings? Cheese, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, and some bacon bits.

Pro tip? Spice it up by adding in a few tablespoons of some chili sauce!

How To Portion Your Chili

All I do to portion out this chili is weigh the entire recipe using a digital kitchen scale like this and divide by however many servings I want.

For example, if it weighs 60 ounces and you want 10 servings? Each serving would be 6 ounces. Pretty easy, right?

You can learn more about How To Portion Out Your Recipes and Create Serving Sizes here!

Quick Bodybuilding Turkey Chili Recipe

Quick Bodybuilding Turkey Chili

Looking for a high protein an easy meal prep recipe? This Quick Bodybuilding Turkey Chili is delicious and takes just minutes to prep!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bodybuilding chili, protein chili, quick chili, turkey chili
Servings: 10 Bowls
Calories: 231kcal
Cost: $5

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  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1.3 Pounds Ground Turkey - 93/7 Lean (or Lean Ground Beef)
  • 16 Ounces Water
  • ½ Red Onion - Chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper - Chopped
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Minced Garlic - or 3 Cloves Regular
  • 6 Tablespoons Green Chiles - Diced
  • 28 Ounces Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 15 Ounces Black Beans - Reduced Sodium
  • 16 Ounces Kidney Beans - Reduced Sodium Dark Red
  • 1 Packet Chili Seasoning Mix - 1.25 Ounces (Lowest sodium one you can find)


  • Take out a large stovetop pan and turn your burner on Medium Heat
  • Add in your Olive Oil and then let that heat up
  • Once your pan heats up add in your Ground Turkey and brown it (which just means to cook it)
  • After that has browned add in the rest of your ingredients while occasionally mixing everything together
  • Bring your chili to a boil, cover, turn your burner on Low Heat, and let your chili simmer for 30-35 minutes



Calories in the WHOLE recipe:
  • Calories: 2317
  • Fat: 69g
  • Saturated Fat: 16g
  • Sodium: 3646mg
  • Carbs: 245g
  • Fiber: 55g
  • Sugar: 68g
  • Protein: 179g
Calories in each bowl (if you make 10):
  • Calories: 231
  • Fat: 6.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 364.6mg
  • Carbs: 24.5g
  • Fiber: 5.5g
  • Sugar: 6.8g
  • Protein: 17.9g


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.5g | Protein: 17.9g | Fat: 6.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Sodium: 364.6mg | Fiber: 5.5g | Sugar: 6.8g


  1. derek luh on March 1, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    hey derek!

    quick question when you say serving size “one bowl” is that like 1-2 cups of chili? i just want to be sure to track calories precisely

    thank you

    • Derek Howes on August 22, 2022 at 7:34 pm

      If you divide the total weight of the recipe into 10 servings then you would have the weight of each bowl. Does that make sense?

  2. Mike on October 23, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    5 stars
    Thank mr. Derek

    New to the nutrition side of training and I needed a recipe that I can eat over and over again for meal prep purposes.

    This recipe is good I’ve made it twine now and is go to for lunch. Thank you veryuch

    • Derek Howes on November 1, 2021 at 10:14 am

      Glad you’re enjoying it Mike! Thank you

  3. Stuart Mills on October 25, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Hi Derek I was craving some chili and yours was the first I looked up and it looks really good like you I also like cheese on mine but I also love sour cream as well

  4. Melissa on December 5, 2015 at 12:00 am

    This chili was amazing and very filling, i froze it in portions and i am already making another batch, thank you for taking the time to post great healthy recipes, i LOVE your site:)

    • Derek Howes on December 6, 2015 at 12:00 am

      Thanks Melissa! I love that you love it!

  5. Stacey on March 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Hey Derek! This looks awesome! Do you think I could cook it in a slow cooker?

  6. Greg on February 23, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Hey Derek, what are the measuring cups you use? I’ve just got some cheap plastic ones, and a lot of the markings are starting to come off. I’d like to replace them with some nicer metal ones with the measurements engraved in them.

    • Derek Howes on February 25, 2015 at 12:00 am

      Hi Greg! I’m actually unsure of the brand, I’d say I got these over a decade ago when I first moved out (which probably makes you want them more). I think that most local home goods stores would have something similar though. I’ll do my best to find them online and report back!

  7. Timothy on February 23, 2015 at 12:00 am

    This is so good! And I don’t even like beans.

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