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Southwest Turkey Stew

I prefer main dishes that let me stay on my diet but still eat what the rest of the family eats. My husband and our young children think this diet-friendly stew is a hit. —Stephanie Wilson of Helix, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds turkey breast tenderloins, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) turkey chili with beans, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro, optional


  • In a nonstick skillet, brown turkey in oil; transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the chili, tomatoes, peppers, onion, salsa, garlic, chili powder, cumin and salt.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours, until turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Garnish with cilantro if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 238 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 837mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

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  • sdipiazza
    Apr 13, 2016

    I reduced the turkey to 3/4 lb., used chili beans instead of turkey chili and cooked it on top the stove instead of a slow cooker. It could use more veggies. Celery, corn, zucchini. Was very tasty and we have leftovers for another meal.

  • sarahnewman
    Nov 27, 2012

    I've made this a number of times. I like to use leftover dark turkey meat and I add a can of corn (or a cup of frozen corn). I use just "chili beans" instead of turkey with beans. My whole family - including my 7 year old daughter - LOVES it.

  • bananacicle
    Apr 3, 2011

    This was a great recipe, but I made some changes. First 5-6 hours was unrealistic for me so I precooked the meat and vegetables then cooked it with the rest of the ingredients in a pot for about 15 minutes. Plus, I used 98% fat free ground turkey instead of tenderloin.

  • jules.i.m
    Feb 22, 2011

    I was put off by the ingredients at all! Loved the recipe, I added some grilled onions and reduced the turkey to 3/4 a lb and added a can of black beans.

  • HBcook
    Sep 23, 2010

    Although there are a lot of ingredients, this recipes is worth the effort. Great flavor and texture with all the veggies, etc going on. I used cooked chicken tenders that I had in the freezer for the turkey and that simplified the recipe a little.

  • Ellen
    Oct 5, 2006

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