No Bean Chili

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No Bean Chili is filled with turkey and tons of vegetables! You bet this is healthy, so try making this amazing chili recipe no beans style!

This is a Chili Recipe made with no beans! Not only that but it is filled with vegetables and made with turkey. So it is safe to say that this is a healthy chili recipe perfect for dinner or lunch any day of the week. Top with your choice of avocado, cheese, and/or sour cream. Enjoy!

No Bean Chili in a bowl with avocado slices on top

Chili Recipe (No Beans)

To get started with this No Bean Chili Recipe gather up these ingredients. I know this list is long and a little intimidating but trust me, this recipe is super easy and so worth it in the end. Here’s what you need:

  • Olive Oil – this is just a base to cook the turkey in so that it doesn’t stick to your pot.
  • Ground Turkey – I used 93% lean turkey. If you want to use beef here instead, feel free to.
  • Yellow Onion – diced. The onions soften up enough that if you absolutely hate onions, you’ll barely notice they are there. However, they do give a great flavor to the chili.
  • Garlic – another staple to any chili recipe that brings a bunch of delicious flavor to the soup.
  • Carrots, Celery, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, and Frozen Corn- I love to sneak in vegetables wherever I can, not only for my own health but for my kids too. And let me just tell you, this recipe is perfect for this trick.
  • Beef Stock –  or chicken stock. Whichever you have on hand works. And for better-tasting chili, use a higher quality stock.
  • Diced Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce – these are both canned. If you rather dice your own tomatoes, go for it.
  • Cumin – to give it that classic chili taste.
  • Chili Powder – add more if you like your chili on the spicier side.
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste.

One last note: you definitely can add beans to this recipe if you would like to! Kidney beans are a great option.

Sliced avocado with salt and pepper

How to Make No Bean Chili

For full details, including measurements and cooking time, see the recipe card down below!

  1. In a large pot, heat oil. Drop turkey meat into the pot and break apart using a wooden spoon. Cook until meat is cooked thoroughly.
  2. Add in onions, garlic, carrots, celery, zucchini, and squash until slightly softened. Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer.
  3. Serve with desired toppings and cornbread.


Any topping you’d put on regular chili you can put on no bean chili as well. Some of my favorites are:

  • Avocados
  • Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Black Olives
  • Frito Chips

I would also consider enjoying No Bean Chili in a homemade bread bowl or with some fresh cornbread!

No Bean Chili in a bowl with sliced avocado on top


No Bean Chili will stay good in the fridge for up to five days, covered in an airtight container.

Or try making a double batch and freezing half of it for a quick, delicious, and healthy dinner some other time. No bean chili can be frozen for up to two months.

More Chili Recipes to Try!

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5 from 8 votes

No Bean Chili Recipe

No Bean Chili is filled with turkey and tons of vegetables! You bet this is healthy, so try making this amazing chili recipe no beans style!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey 93% lean
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 2 small zucchini diced
  • 2 small yellow squash diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup beef stock or chicken stock
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes 1 can
  • 14.5 oz tomato sauce 1 can
  • 1 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder or more if you like it spicy


  • grated cheddar cheese
  • chopped cilantro
  • sour cream
  • avocados etc.


  • In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Drop meat into the pot and break apart using a wooden spoon. Cook until meat is cooked thoroughly.
  • Add in onions, garlic, carrots, celery, zucchini, and squash until slightly softened, 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve with desired toppings and cornbread.


LOWER CARB OPTION: If you'd like to make this recipe even lower in carbs, consider omitting the corn.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 1403mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6340IU | Vitamin C: 52.6mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 4.2mg
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili recipe no beans, No Bean Chili

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  1. Emily

    Oh no! Sleep deprivation is definitely a form of torture. My daughter is 2 weeks younger than Eddie, so it’s been fun watching what is ahead. We used the method laid out by Ferber. (Because she wasn’t actually hungry six times a night — she just discovered that we would come get her if she started to cry.) Some people are very opposed to this method, so you should take my advice with a grain of salt, knowing all babies are different, etc.

    The recipes continue to look amazing, and I’m so impressed you are managing everything you are! Best of luck!

  2. Cathy Jeppsen

    So sorry, that’s the worst! Our littlest was 18 months before he consistently slept through the night. Then you feel dead. All. The. Time! I wish I could impart a bit of magical wisdom that will help you, but I’ve got nothing. I think sometimes you just have to wait until they’re ready to sleep through the night and try to get a nap in whenever you can. Keep trying, you’re doing great! 🙂

  3. Lori

    First off the chili looks delicious!!
    As far as Eddie, hmmm…how many naps does he take during the day? How long are they? What does he eat right before bed? I would say try to keep him awake from 4pm on, and giving him something a little heavy before bed like rice cereal and fruit. If you aren’t already doing these things that is! Another thing that was helpful was to lay a heating pad on his crib for a bit before laying him down … take it up right before you lay him down and he will feel that warm snuggly feeling.

  4. Sheila Larson

    Lauren, I love your recipes. Cant use a lot of them right now, but I’m saving them on Evernote for when my body says its ok!!
    The turkey chili is one I can use now. Sounds really good!!!
    Do you know how much dietary fiber is in a serving? I have to limit the fiber in my diet.



  6. Marilyn Brennan

    5 stars
    This looks and sounds so delicious. Making it tomorrow. How about the catch-all phrase: Is he teething? It seems I just guessed my way through some of those times. It’s miserable but you aren’t alone in your misery. Not sure if it helps to know that. Thanks for all your blogs/recipes.

  7. Cindi

    This chili looks really good! The low carb diet I follow..and other low carb plans…don’t allow corn. I’ll simply leave it out.

  8. Rachel {the avid appetite}

    Love this! I do not have baby weight to lose, but just general, over-indulgence inspired weight 🙂 Love the idea of adding squash instead of beans to this chili!

  9. Nicole

    Yessss! Sleep deprivation sucks! And the correlation between lack of sleep and weight gain sucks more! I’m right there with you, Lauren! We’re working on sleep training now that our LO is 6 months old, but until then I’m crazy tired. This recipe is another reminder that I can at least try to eat healthier even though I WANT ALL THE COOKIES! Sigh…good to know I’m not alone in this parenting thing.

  10. Erin

    Hi! I love your recipes. The no sleep situation sucks for all of you. I love – great tips and techniques in there that worked with my first baby (they also have a new podcast). I hope it turns around for you soon. You’re doing a great job!!

  11. John Caldecutt

    5 stars
    I’ve made this a couple times now and it’s been delicious both times. I left out the celery both times because I forgot to pick it up at the store, but otherwise I followed the recipe to the letter.

  12. Nicole O.

    I’ve never tried putting corn into chili , but it sounds delish .

    This would be perfect to make since SoCal has been pretty cold as of late .

  13. mami2jcn

    I have a 1 year old so I can relate to your sleep deprivation! Sorry…no real advice except that it gets better with time.

    I love turkey and I love avocado! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  14. Elizabeth Mulewich

    5 stars
    I know everyone has their own thoughts and opinions on this topic, so I hope to not stir any issues! Does Eddie sleep in his own room, or do you co sleep? I could not, for the life of me, get my daughter to sleep by herself. I started co sleeping with her, and minus a few rare occasions, she sleeps entirely through the night now.
    As far as the recipe…THANK YOU!!! Every time I want to make chili, my husband throws a fit because he doesn’t want any beans ????. As usual, this recipe looks amazing, even though it might be missing some beans. You’re a life saver!!!! ☺

  15. Niki

    5 stars
    This looks really good! I am going to take out the carrots and corn to go even lower carb on this and add it to my winter rotation. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Francine

    5 stars
    I just made this last week for my husband and me. It was so good, even without the avocados ???? (which we bought but actually forgot to bring out).

    Of course, it was even better when we did remember to bring out the avocados…

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