Turkey black bean chili

Turkey black bean chili

This Turkey black bean chili has become a staple at my house and always gets rave reviews when I serve it to guests or bring it to a potluck.

Everyone has their own chili recipe, and it can look like a completely different food in different parts of the country. When I moved to the US, I was first introduced to Texas chili, and it was love at first sight. Some people argue Texas is where chili originated in the 1700’s.

There is a World Championship of Chili that takes places every year, and I’ve had the privilege to taste one of the winning recipes in the small town of Terlingua, Texas.

While this turkey black bean chili recipe is a Texas-influenced chili, it is a healthier version using turkey meat instead of ground beef. It also includes beans which are not part of the Texas tradition. I have adapted it from an original recipe by Emeril Lagasse, giving it many twists over time. There’s even an unusual secret ingredient (see if you can spot it)…

Any time I serve this turkey black bean chili at my house, my guests are bound to ask for my recipe, that I have until now selfishly guarded… My family fights over the last serving and it’s been difficult for me to take a good photo as the chili has generally disappeared before I can remember to grab my camera.

Even though I generally avoid simmering dishes on the stove in the hot summer days, a bowl of spicy chili is welcome year around, so I just suffer for a few hours waiting for the reward…

Hope you enjoy!

Check our delicious cornbread recipe to serve with this turkey black bean chili.

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Mexican black beans

Black bean burgers

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Classic creamy coleslaw

Turkey black bean chili
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5 from 6 votes

Turkey black bean chili

A lean and healthy turkey meat and bean chili, this is a year-round staple at my house. No one can resist its enticing smell and it disappears in no time…
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Dish, Soup / Stew
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bell pepper, black beans, onion, poblano pepper, tomato, turkey
Servings: 8
Author: Veronique Eichler

Ingredients

Emeril's essence creole seasoning (yields 2/3 cup)

Instructions

  • In a dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of oil over medium high heat. Add the turkey, breaking into crumbles but be careful not to stir too often or it will give out a lot of juice and not brown properly. Remove from the pan.
  • Add the rest of the oil, the onions, bell peppers, poblano, and cook, stirring, until onions are soft and start to brown. Add the garlic (pressed or minced), essence, chili powder, cumin, salt, cocoa powder (optional) and cook until the spices are fragrant. Add the meat back in the pan, then add the beer, tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir well and bring to a boil.
  • Add the beans, reduce the heat and simmer covered for 1 hour minimum and up to 2 hours.
  • For best taste, prepare a day ahead and reheat gently an hour before eating.

Video

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Turkey black bean chili
Amount per Serving
Calories
287
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
31
mg
10
%
Sodium
 
575
mg
25
%
Total Carbohydrate
 
31
g
10
%
Dietary Fiber
 
9
g
38
%
Total Sugars
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
21
g
42
%
Vitamin A
 
2001
IU
40
%
Vitamin C
 
69
mg
84
%
Calcium
 
91
mg
9
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
Potassium
 
976
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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14 Comments

  1. May I try to guess …. is the mysterious powder the same I use to add to my piquante sauce for beef tong, as suggested by our dad ?

  2. Maybe family can’t play …..

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  4. 5 stars
    This chilli was a truly delicious recipe that my whole family thoroughly enjoyed. I will be making this again!

  5. Would omitting the beer cause a great taste difference?

    • Veronique Eichler

      Hi Rosemary! It would remove a layer of flavor, but you could replace it with low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth if you wanted.

  6. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! I followed the recipe exactly…. Cocoa powder and all. I made the Emeril creole seasoning and have plenty left to make more batches of this. My 9 year old also loved it. This is going to be my go-to from now on.

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  9. Isabella Medina

    Help, please! This looks great, but the recipe says 1 lb turkey meat, but the video uses 2 lbs (1 ea of turkey and hot turkey sausage). That’s a big difference! Could you please clarify?
    Thanks.

    • Veronique Eichler

      So sorry. Disregard the video, the recipe has been edited to make it even healthier! Only 1 lb of turkey meat and the black beans provide plenty of protein and the sausage is not necessary.

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