Bobby’s Lighter Chili

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By Bobby Deen

307 Fewer Calories
16g Less Fat

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 green bell pepper diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled jalapeno peppers
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans petite cut diced tomatoes  
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can red kidney beans
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans
1 cup medium salsa
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded cheese
1/2 cup chopped scallions

Heat oil in large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until the turkey is browned, about 6 minutes. Add the bell pepper, onion, celery, jalapeno, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. 
Add the tomatoes, beans, salsa, chili powder, cumin, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are blended and the chili begins to thicken, about 1 hour. Serve with the cheese and scallions.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Yield:  8 Cups  

Per Serving: (1 cup) 260 Cal (21% from Fat, 39% from Protein, 40% from Carb); 26 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 27 g Carb; 7 g Fiber; 3 g Sugar; 104 mg Calcium; 4 mg Iron; 622 mg Sodium; 45 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Jamie’s Chili
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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I made Bobby's lighter Turkey chili this past weekend and my husband said it's the best chili he ever had! The only thing I changed was using one can of fire roasted tomatoes and one can of the petite diced. We like spicy chili! Thanks for a great recipe that's friendly to my waistline! After losing 40 lbs in the last year, I'm not looking to gain it back but still like to eat good food!

By Carol Steiger on February 01, 2011


I use a lot of the recipes and love all of the programs on tv. Hope to meet you someday.

By kay carpenter on January 27, 2011


Bobby, I love your recipes and love watching you cook with your mom. We have drawers full of your recipes. And have made many of them. We don't miss a show. It comes on 6P.M. our time. I think your mom is so funny and she sure likes her butter. Congratulations to the both of you. And of course your other brother who we enjoy seeing on the show. You have a beautiful family. Regards, June M. Johnson

By June on January 27, 2011


Looks and sounds wonderful! Can't wait to try it! I just did the math, just 6 WW PointPlus points per cup.

By Tricia on January 27, 2011


Bobby will you marry me. And cook for me. LOL Love all of you.

By Laverne Arns on January 27, 2011


I have prepaired this dish for years and found that alot of people don't like turkey, so I use ground chuck but when it is fully cooked I drain and rinse it with hot water very well then put it back in my pan and continue with the recipe. Just something that you to try for those that don't care for turkey. Rinsing off the meat with hot water is the key, you'll wash away almost all of the fat that has cooked off the meat. HAPPY COOKING !!

By CHERYL LONG on January 27, 2011


This is wonderful light version! I love the ingr. And please "Annette", who is not huge fan of Paula? The woman speaks my language when it comes to cooking, and plus she is adorable!!!

By Sandra on January 27, 2011


Bobby have you thought of doing a cook book of Lighten Up Recipes? It's hard finding lighten up recipes that taste good and you have been able to provide that for us. Thank so much or sharing and helpin me meet my weight loss goal.

By Ramona Kintz on January 26, 2011


Hi I would not make this chili, I made his other recipe and it was no I am not about to try this one.....sorry Paula, but he is not Paula Deen......

By Mona on January 26, 2011


By Anonymous on January 26, 2011


Love the fact the the dishes can be lower in calories.

By Victoria J Moody on January 25, 2011


Bobby, Love the "Lighter" version recipes!! Keep up the good work!

By B. Moody on January 25, 2011

I love paula’s recipes but am really enjoying Bobby’s Lighten it up recipes!!! We are dieting and I don’t feel like i am having to miss out!1

By Sally Edstrom on September 23, 2010

I just made Bobby’s chili recipe and suffice it to does NOT suck!!  Really good!!!  I am not a huge fan of paula deen (but my mom is) and somehow I got to this website and recipe and since I am in the middle of losing weight I was looking for something lighter to make but still have heartiness to it and flavor and this has both!!!

By annette on February 21, 2010

I made Bobby’s Chili for Super Bowl Sunday and it was a big hit! It was the easiest recipe. My husband BBQ’d and later I chopped up some Louisana hot links and put it in the chili…it was yummy! Thank you!

By Leimomi Orta on February 09, 2010

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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