Game day turkey and veggie chili

Contributed by Chef Nikki Shaw

Game day turkey and veggie chili

Just in time for the big game, this chili is healthy and delicious and can be made in large quantities. 

On January 23, Golden State Warriors point guard and Kaiser Permanente health ambassador Stephen Curry joined Chef Nikki Shaw to talk to an audience of young adults about how to stay healthy and own their health.

Chef Nikki brought a cooking demonstration and showed the crowd how to make this turkey chili. It is just the right amount of sweet and savory, and the lean turkey meat keeps the overall calorie content reasonable.

Servings: 15

Prep time: 20 minutes


  • 1/2 pound sweet turkey sausage, casing removed
  • 1/2 pound spicy turkey sausage, casing removed
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh (or frozen) corn
  • 2 carrots, diced small
  • 2 zucchinis, diced small
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 packs chili seasoning mix
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 16-ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 16-ounce can chili beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar BBQ sauce


  1. In a large heavy pot on medium-high heat, add turkey sausage, onion, and garlic. 
  2. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned.  Drain fat off meat. Add remaining ingredients, stir and bring to a simmer. 
  3. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer on low for 30 to 40 minutes. Adjust broth to desired thickness and seasonings to taste.


Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 199
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Total fat: 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate: 30 g