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

5 5

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"!

5 5

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)

5 5

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