Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  386
  • Protein  27 g
  • Carbohydrates  38 g
  • Fat  14 g
  • Cholesterol  75 mg
  • Sodium  300 mg
  • Potassium  552 mg
  • Phosphorus  278 mg
  • Calcium  53 mg
  • Fiber  2.3 g

Turkey and Beef Chili

Arfrances from Texas knows how to make a skillet meal sizzle with savoriness, so she is sharing her kidney-friendly creation, Turkey and Beef Chili.

Diet types:

  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Arfrances from Texas.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 3/4 cup chili over 3/4 cup white rice


  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 pound ground lean beef
  • 1 large onion,
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose white flour
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 6 ounces canned low sodium tomato paste
  • 9 cups cooked white rice 


  1. In a large skillet add turkey and beef. Sauté until brown.
  2. Chop onion, green pepper and garlic. Add  to meat; stir.
  3. Add cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and paprika; stir.
  4. Sprinkle flour over mixture.
  5. Mix together the boiling water and chili powder. Stir into skillet.
  6. Cook slowly for 1 hour.
  7. Add tomato paste and stir well.
  8. Skim off any excess grease. Cook 30 minutes longer.
  9. Serve over hot white rice.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • May be served over noodles instead of rice.
  • Freeze leftover portions in single serving containers for a quick heat and eat meal.

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Turkey and Beef Chili

cathilee says:


Good recipe. Could one add corn maybe 2 cups? Dietitian comment: If you add 2 cups of low sodium canned corn the potassium increases to 655 mg and phosphorus increases to 307 mg per serving.

Feb. 13, 2014, 1:03 PM - Inappropriate review?

Turkey and Beef Chili

TLJ911 says:


This was a really good recipe. About halfway through cooking, I tasted it and decided it needed something to balance the flavors a little. I added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and about 1/2 Tbsp of brown sugar and felt like this helped to mellow it a little. Next time I'd increase the peppers and onions to make up for the lack of beans. Overall, I was impressed that this was actually kidney friendly and would definitely make it again. The portion size would have been a little small, but served over white rice, it was perfect.

Jan. 22, 2013, 5:12 PM - Inappropriate review?

Turkey and Beef Chili

JPRD says:


Made this for our annual Super Bowl patient tasting days. It was a hit, and easy to make.

Feb. 06, 2012, 10:11 AM - Inappropriate review?

Turkey and Beef Chili says:


I mage this for the first time my son and I both loved it.I used amish noodles it was such a hit that tonite we will serve the chili over rice! Thank you davita for this recipe!

Dec. 18, 2010, 8:05 AM - Inappropriate review?

Turkey and Beef Chili



I made this exactly as the recipe stated, and it was really delicious! Could have eaten it as is, but we put it over elbow macaroni. I thought I would miss the beans, but really didn't. Highly recommend this chili.

Jan. 28, 2009, 2:42 PM - Inappropriate review?

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