Turkey Chili (for Athletes!)

I mentioned in my previous post that I was struggling with motivation to run longer distances. I think I have chalked it up to 1. a lack of sleep, leaving me with lower energy and 2. lack of variety. I’m going to work on changing this, and I think my whole fitness routine needs a reboot-including the nutritional side.

You see, I’ve been in a food rut as of late too. But I’m determined to pull myself out of it! I work long, late-night shifts as a bartender and my diet has suffered. I wouldn’t say I eat overly unhealthy, I just have a hard time motivating myself to cook when I get home at night. As a result, I end up eating the same exact meals week after week, which usually consist of pre-made salads from Trader Joe’s, or turkey burgers. It is definitely not the worst thing for me, I’m just getting bored.

Before I worked in the service industry, I loved to cook and experiment with new recipes. I’ve just lost the habit of preparing meals at home. If I can make a conscious effort, I’m sure I can re-motivate myself. I think using my blog in this pursuit will really help me. Plus, what is better than a delicious, home cooked meal?!

So! Since I am a runner, for my first recipe I did some research around the internet to find dinner ideas, specifically for athletes. Chili kept coming up on the radar. I found a simple recipe on cookinglight.com that I liked and added a couple of my own touches. This is what I came up with for myself:

Turkey Chili for Athletes:


1/2 lb ground turkey

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 yellow or white onion

2 celery stalks, chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can diced green chilis, (or 1 diced jalapeño)

1 can no salt tomato sauce

chili powder and hot pepper sauce to taste (I used a few dashes of Tapatio)

This will make 4ish servings.

1. In a large skillet, sautee the garlic and onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high. When the onion starts to brown, add the turkey meat and cook until no longer pink.

2. From there, all you need to do is add the remaining ingredients! The celery takes a little longer to cook than everything else, so I would recommend boiling the chopped celery for a couple of minutes to soften before adding it to the skillet.

3. Once everything is combined, reduce the temperature, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Voila! A delish Turkey Chili Dinner!


Why do I say this is for athletes? The recipe is really for anyone, but it is chock-full of protein and vitamins, AND I was very conscious not to add too much salt or fat.

I love the diversity of chili. I made this recipe for my boyfriend and I, but you could easily double the recipe if you have more hungry tummies to feed. Vegetarian?? Replace the ground turkey with pinto and/or kidney beans. You can easily add your own touches too. For example, corn or shredded cheese would be great additions! Speaking of corn, this would go so well with cornbread! Maybe next time I revisit this recipe I will find a healthy cornbread recipe to go with it.

What are some of your favorite recipes??






4 thoughts on “Turkey Chili (for Athletes!)

  1. Looks really good! I recently started adding some meat back to my diet to help my energy levels and chili is something I’m definitely excited to eat this fall. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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