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Easy One-Pot Quinoa Turkey Chili Recipe

This One-Pot Quinoa Turkey Chili Is Easy to Make and Will Warm Your Soul


During the cosy fall months, there's only one thing I reach for to keep me warm from the inside out, and that's a giant bowl of hearty, homemade chili. Chili, with its seemingly unlimited variations, can be made to satisfy a meat-lover's ravenous palette, to fortify a plant-based eater's plate, or to provide a balanced meal to someone who's craving a little bit of everything. This recipe, One-Pot Quinoa Turkey Chili, does the latter.


The ingredients in this quinoa turkey chili are few, but still balanced for a hearty meal: ground turkey, quinoa, crushed tomatoes, diced onions, and a homemade spice blend. The ground turkey in this dish provides lean protein, quinoa adds fibre and nutrients, and the remaining ingredients bring major flavour to create a filling and satisfying meal-in-one that's perfect for a cosy fall or winter night in.


Another major perk of this chili is that it's made using just one heavy-bottomed pot. So, say goodbye to juggling between simmering pots and pans to create a delicious meal, and say hello to this one-pot wonder that's sure to satisfy any chili lover's taste buds with as little fuss as possible.

One-Pot Quinoa Turkey Chili

Original Recipe by Ashley Ortiz

Easy One-Pot Quinoa Turkey Chili Recipe


  1. 1 lb ground turkey
    1 medium red onion, diced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons chili powder
    1 tablespoon cumin
    2 teaspoons paprika
    2 teaspoons garlic powder
    2 teaspoons oregano
    1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
    4 cups water
    1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes (no salt added)
    1 cup quinoa, rinsed
    1 (15.5 oz) can black beans (no salt added, rinsed)


  1. Assemble your spice mix by combining all spices in a small ramekin or bowl. Set aside.
  2. Drizzle olive oil into a large pot and preheat on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add diced onions and cook until translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add ground turkey and 1 tablespoon of spice mix to onions. Cook until meat is 90 percent done (fully browned on the outside with a little pink on the inside).
  5. Transfer turkey and onion mixture to a separate bowl.
  6. In the same pot that you cooked the turkey in, pour in all 4 cups of water and the entire can of crushed tomatoes. Add in rinsed quinoa and the remainder of your spice mix. Stir to incorporate.
  7. Bring to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce to simmer for 9 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. After 9 minutes, add one can of rinsed beans, one can (the one the beans came in) of water, and the turkey and onion mixture that you set aside earlier to the quinoa/tomato mix.
  9. Cover again and simmer on low for 5-10 more minutes, or until the quinoa is fluffy and the turkey is thoroughly cooked through.
  10. Serve with chives, sour cream, shredded cheese, or the toppings of your choice.
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Ashley Ortiz