Summer Turkey and Black Bean Chili

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This flavorful, light and fiber-rich chili is a nice alternative to grilled food on a hot night. Make it in the morning when it is cool outside or cook it right before serving. I serve it with brown rice mixed with fresh cilantro, a dollop of low fat sour cream and baked tortilla chips.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 4 quart pot over medium heat, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add onion and cook 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes more or until onions are soft. Transfer cooked onion/garlic mixture to a plate and set aside. Return pot to stove.
  2. In same pot heat remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Return onion/garlic mixture to the pot. Add green chilies, black beans, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Stir to combine well. Add chicken broth.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer slowly for 20 to 25 minutes. Alternatively, it could be simmered on low in a crock pot for 6 hours.
Most Helpful

My son has an allergy to tomatoes, so this recipe was a great find for our family. I used diced turkey cutlets instead of ground turkey because it is what I had and I also added an extra can of black beans to make it stretch a little further and we got 2 meals out of it. My kids told me this recipe is a "keeper"!

steele.kerri February 01, 2010

I must say I was surprised it was so good! I'm used to tomato based chili. My mom would always use V8 juice as the base. I ended up making a couple revisions though. I had some extra time so I used 1lb dried black beans (I like my chili a little more beany than most), I didn't have canned green chili so I diced 3 jalapenos and cooked it with the onion. I added more of all the seasonings because of the extra beans. To add a bit of color, I added a can of salt-free corn and I chopped about a cup of tomatoes in really small pieces and added chopped cilantro towards the end of cooking. Thanks for sharing, it was deliciously different and no heart-burn! (probably because it was not tomato based)

alkaloidqueen May 14, 2008

Really good. Would probably do well with the addition of some veggies such as red pepper, corn or mushrooms.

Pimienta February 22, 2008