Turkey Chili Verde (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

Turkey Chili Verde - Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Keto

This turkey chili verde is one of those building block recipes hat everyone should know. it’s a low carb chili that is easy to customize, healthy, and tastes so good – it can be eaten for nearly any meal on whole30! this turkey chili verde is the protein-packed chili that you need.

Turkey Chili Verde (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

the inspiration behind this turkey chili verde

I love a protein-packed chili with no beans. when i was thinking about how to make a chili that’s a little healthier and makes use of tomatillo, i thought about a chili verde.

this turkey chili verde is really flavorful and healthy, and since there are no beans, it’s totally whole30 friendly. if you’re looking for a chili recipe to memorize, choose this one because:

✔️it’s really cheap to make! ground turkey + simple veggies + broth — this will cost about $10 total.

✔️ it feeds a crowd! it serves 8 people, so each serving costs a little more than a buck each. efficiency!

✔️ it can be customized! feel free to use ground chicken or sausage in place of the turkey for your dietary preference or for more flavor.

how to make chili verde with turkey

first thing you’re going to do is brown the ground turkey and then set it aside.

then you’ll sweat the onions + garlic until transclucent, and then add in the chilies + tomatillos + bell peppers + spices and cook until they’re all married with flavor.

last, you’ll add in the broth, add back in the turkey, and simmer it all together.

serve with cilantro and lime — maybe some guac? – and enjoy!

if you like this turkey chili, you may also like this chicken chili verde recipe!


Turkey Chili Verde - Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Keto

Turkey Chili Verde (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

Mimi Newman
this low carb turkey chili verde has great spices without being too spicy, and is the best no-bean chili you’ll find!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American, keto, Low Carb, Paleo, Southwest
Servings 8 servings
Calories 286 kcal



  • 2 pounds ground turkey 90% lean
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups onions chopped
  • 3 tablespoons garlic chopped
  • 1 cups fresh Anaheim chiles about 3 chiles, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 8 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 12 tomatillos husked, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 anise pod


  • in a large cast iron pot, heat up a tablespoon of oil until shimmering and brown the turkey. set aside the meat on a separate plate. 
  • in the same pot, add another tablespoon of oil and sweat the garlic and onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. add in the tomatillos, peppers and chilies and stir to cook. add in the spices, and stir until fragrant. 
  • add back in the browned turkey and pour in the chicken broth. let simmer for about an hour. 
  • serve with lime and cilantro. yum!


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 34gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 170mgPotassium: 981mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1111IUVitamin C: 79mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 3mg
Keyword chili verde, turkey chili no beans, turkey chili verde
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