A hearty, stick-to-your ribs turkey black bean chili, your whole family will enjoy the sweet and smoky flavors of this easy, make-ahead and freezer-friendly dish.
Preparing, eating and developing high-protein recipes has been vital to my own weight loss success which is why I’m so excited that Week 5 of the 6-Week Healthy New Year Challenge is all about boosting protein intake!
In case you’re just tuning in, Dara and I have already tackled Hydration, Exercise, Portion Control and Whole Grains. Whether you’re looking to curb hunger, repair muscle tissue or prevent muscle loss as you age, a diet in high-quality protein is essential.
One of my favorite high-protein meals of all time has to be chili packed with lean turkey, beans and tons of vegetables. To cool it down just before serving, I love topping it with cool, creamy plain yogurt – another great source of protein. As an added nutrition bonus, recent studies show that a higher protein diet adequate in dairy foods or calcium helps preserve bone during during weight loss.
Although it’s very trendy to replace sour cream with yogurt these days, we’ve been doing it my whole life. Yogurt is a traditional Middle Eastern condiment used to balance smoky, charred meats and stews so I always have it in my refrigerator.
Now that I have two little ones, I’ve also learned that topping anything from oatmeal to sweet potatoes to curries with a dollop of yogurt is not only another way to sneak in a serving of protein but it cools down the dish and prevents burnt tongues. Plus, studies show that there are even more health benefits to adding protein to your diet throughout the day instead of having your main serving of protein once a day during dinner.
Whether you’re looking for an easy make-ahead dish for your next game day party or want an easy lunch you can prep ahead, this Turkey and Black Bean Chili will become a new staple in your house. Chipotle peppers in adobo and fire roasted diced tomatoes give the chili a warm, smoky flavor that will have everyone begging for the recipe.
What are your favorite ways to boost protein in your diet? I’d love to hear your favorite recipes, tips and tricks! And don’t forget to check out the scrumptious Buckwheat Crepes with Blended Berry Yogurt that Dara created for you today!
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- 1 pound ground turkey breast
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 medium onion - diced
- 2 cloves garlic - grated
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo - minced (optional)
- 2 sweet bell peppers - seeded and diced
- 6 ounces light beer (or sub chicken broth)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 15 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (homemade or store-bought)
- 2 15-ounce cans of beans (I used black and kidney) - drained and rinsed
- ½ cup corn - fresh or frozen
- 1 cup plain Greek or low fat yogurt - for serving
- fresh cilantro and sriracha - optional garnish
- Heat a large sauce pot over medium-high and spray with cooking spray.
- Add turkey, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. Cook until turkey is browned, stirring occasionally, 7-9 minutes.
- To the pan, add onion, garlic and peppers. Cook until vegetable are softened, 6-8 minutes.
- Add beer to deglaze, scraping up brown bits on bottom of pan using a wooden spoon.
- Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes and barbecue sauce then return to a boil before adding in beans and corn.
- Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes or longer.
- Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt, sriracha and cilantro.
Disclosure: We are thrilled to have UDIM on board as a sponsor for our Healthy New Year Challenge. As always, all thoughts are my own.