Turkey Black Bean Chili

"A chef made this at a cooking class in the upstairs room at the supermarket in town. When I looked over the recipe, I thought "I'm not going to like this". When I watched the prep & the end result, I thought "I'm not going to like this". She served it over a combination of white & brown rice with a side salad. Was I ever wrong. I liked it very much & I will be making it for my DH very soon!"
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  • Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat; add turkey, onion& garlic and cook, stirring to break up the lumps, for about 5- 7 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink.
  • Add seasonings, stir& cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Drain off any excess fat.
  • Add chilies, tomatoes & beans and combine thoroughly.
  • Heat to boiling, stirring often.
  • Reduce heat to low & simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in lime juice & remove from heat.
  • Serve topped with green onions & cheddar cheese.

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  1. Good meal for my dieting hubby. We liked it a lot, next time I'd add more chili powder and perhaps some cayenne. It was a little bland for me, but I think that was the point. I put some fat free cheddar on top, that was a bad idea. Fat free cheddar is horrible! Next time I'll use the real thing.
  2. this is a nice chili recipe, light on heat so it is good for kids. the turkey lightens it up calorie wise as well. makes a nice casual dinner .
  3. when I make this for my 2 and 1/2 year old grand-daughter she cleans her plate, I have found I can even add her veges in to it and she doesn't care like her carrots I use carrots matchsticks. She thinks its more cheese I suppose. but she eats every bite, and on occasion has come back and asked for more, please..thanks for sharing.
  4. This was gross. Too many crushed tomatoes and too little flavor. I tried this because I couldn't find the good turkey chili recipe I had. My husband, who literally eats anything, threw away the leftovers. That's saying something!
  5. Double the chili powder, add 2 tbs cumin and dried oregano, double the lime juice and then you are talking. I added seasoned salt too. Great base, but lacks the flavor punch we like. Make it and doctor it!


  1. I added elbow macaroni for chili mac and it turned out great . I also added more garlic, 1/2 bell pepper, more chili powder, some ground cayenne, seasoning salt. I used only one can of tomatoes since I like my chili a bit on the thicker side. I also used kidney instead of black beans. A HELPFUL HINT, from KittenCal, let sit overnight for the flavors to really soak through. Only mildly spicy, even the 2 year old at the party had some! Very easy dish to make!


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