Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili

Though I haven’t been posting many recipes lately, I have still been cooking a lot! Mostly, I’ve been totally obsessed with Skinnytaste. The other day, I made her Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Stuffed Chicken. D told me that he would be perfectly happy eating that every day for the rest of his life! It was seriously fantastic.

After making these, I had some cream cheese left over, so when I found this chili recipe, I jumped on it! I did make some alterations, which I will post below.

My thoughts? While it was good, it didn’t taste like jalapeno poppers. I knew I shouldn’t have put the jalapeno peppers in so early on in the recipe. Next time I make it, I will reserve them for near the end.

With that tidbit in mind, let’s get to the goods! 

Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili


Prep time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Servings: 6

Points +: 9

WPA Simply Filling: 1 (unless you’ve already met your daily oil requirement)


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 small can diced jalapenos
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning (see how to make your own here!)
  • 1 14.5 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 14.5 oz can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 c salsa
  • 2 c fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp dried cilantro
  • 4 oz. 1/3 less fat (Neufchatel) cream cheese, cubed
  • Shredded reduced fat Mexican-style cheese for garnish



  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot until just smoking and add onion and garlic; cook on medium-high heat until onion is tender and garlic is fragrant.
  2. Add turkey; brown and crumble.
  3. Add taco seasoning; cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add black beans, corn, tomatoes, salsa, broth, and cilantro. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add cream cheese and jalapenos; stir well to help it melt and mix in uniformly.
  6. Serve garnished with cheese.



5 thoughts on “Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili

  1. I also love Skinnytaste:)

    Oh my word…this looks so good!! May try it one night next week for supper. Yum!! Maybe add some bird’s eye chillies for some extra heat?


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