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Smoky Black Bean Turkey Chili
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
This hearty, healthy Black Bean Turkey Chili is loaded with veggies, black beans, lean ground turkey and lots of delicious South-of-the-Border flavor!
Course: Main
Cuisine: American, TexMex
Keyword: Black Bean Turkey Chili, Turkey Chili
Servings: 10
Calories: 193 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 2 strips thick-cut smoky bacon I use applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion diced small
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium-size jalapeno pepper about 1-1½ ounces
  • 4 medium cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2-3 teaspoons ancho chili powder start with 2 (see notes above in the post about chili powder)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • teaspoons garlic salt
  • teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black peppe
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 28 ounces roasted tomatoes I use 2 15 ounce cans
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans drained but not rinsed
  • 1 12-ounce jar (340g ) roasted red peppers well-drained and diced small
  • ½-1 medium chipotlé pepper in adobo sauce finely chopped, (start with ½ of a pepper and add more later, to taste) - see the post regarding chipotlé peppers
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt more to taste
  1. Stack the bacon strips on top of each other and cut in half lengthwise then cut crosswise into small pieces. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the bacon bits and cook until crisp and golden, stirring occasionally. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a small bowl and reserve.
  2. Add the ground turkey to the bacon fat and increase the heat a bit. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the turkey into small bite-size pieces with a metal spatula as you go. Allow the ground meat to brown a bit before stirring again.
  3. When the turkey is beginning to brown all over, add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften. Add the jalapeño, garlic, oregano, chili powder, brown sugar, garlic salt, smoked paprika, cumin and black pepper. Stir to combine and cook for another 1-2 minutes until nice and fragrant, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the chicken broth, fire-roasted tomatoes, chopped cilantro, black beans, diced roasted red peppers, chipotle in adobo, reserved bacon and salt. Stir well to combine and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a low boil and cook for 25-30 minutes until the chili has thickened a bit. Taste and add more salt, if needed. Allow the chili to sit for 20 minutes for the flavors to meld and marry a bit before serving.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips to ensure success.

This recipe will yield a mildly spicy chili. If you like more heat, feel free to use more chili powder or more chipotle pepper.

Chili powders vary a lot in heat intensity so it’s better to start with less and add more, to taste.

Nutrition Facts
Smoky Black Bean Turkey Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 1103mg48%
Potassium 487mg14%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 682IU14%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.