Ground turkey is a popular choice for the low-carb diet, but it can be dry and bland. This chili recipe uses flavorful quinoa to give the meat some body and flavor, and it’s a bit sweeter than usual thanks to the addition of diced tomatoes. Top the chili with fresh cilantro for an extra kick.

This is a great recipe for a low-carb dieter who is looking for something to serve up as a main dish for lunch or dinner. It is a simple dish that consists of ground turkey, bell peppers, onion, garlic, chili powder, chili beans, fat-free ground beef, and tomato sauce.

Ground turkey is a convenient and budget-friendly way to incorporate more lean protein into your diet. Low-carb diets tend to be high in fat, which can make it challenging to eat enough healthy sources of protein. Ground turkey can be a great alternative to traditional chicken recipes, and also works well in dishes that may contain dairy. Ground turkey has a leaner, more delicate flavor than chicken, making it an excellent choice for dishes that need to be flavorful but lower in fat. Ground turkey can be cooked in the same way as chicken, making it an especially convenient meat for those trying to eat low-carb.

Chili made with low-carb ground turkey



This turkey chili can be prepared on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or in the Instant Pot. To keep carbohydrates to a minimum, diced zucchini substitutes the beans. The prep time is short, but the flavors build and blossom slowly in the oven.

Easy 15 m + 2 h 25 m



  1. In a big saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is browned, approximately 10-15 minutes.

  2. With the zucchini removed, combine the other ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 2 hours, stirring periodically.

  3. Add the chopped zucchini about 10 minutes before serving and simmer until soft.

  4. Serve the chili with a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche on top and a sprinkling of finely chopped chives for more color and taste.

Cooking techniques that are optional

The chili may be made ahead of time and cooked in the slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours. During the final half hour of slow simmering on low, the zucchini would be added.

An electric pressure cooker may be used to reduce cooking time. After browning the meat on the sauté setting, add the other ingredients (excluding the zucchini) and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure, then fast release the pressure. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes after adding the zucchini, then rapidly release the pressure. After that, the zucchini will be cooked, and the chili will be ready to eat.

Serve with shredded cheddar cheese or chopped green onion on top, in addition to sour cream.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many carbs are in Turkey Chili without beans?

Turkey Chili without beans has a carb count of 1.

What can I substitute for beans in keto chili?

You can substitute for beans in keto chili with any other type of bean.

What is the lowest carbohydrate bean?