Turkey And Black Bean Chili

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This protein-packed turkey black bean chili recipe is filled with sweet, smoky flavors and is sure to impress. This crowd-pleaser is ideal for your next game day party or meal prep!

Turkey Black Bean Chili

A high-quality protein diet is important, whether you’re looking to curb hunger, repair muscle tissue, or prevent muscle loss as you age. Preparing, eating, and developing high-protein recipes has been vital to my weight loss success. This turkey and black bean chili is always a crowd pleaser and just might become a new staple in your house. It’s one of my all-time favorite soup recipes and is packed with lean turkey, beans, and tons of vegetables.  


  • Onion: I use a white or yellow onion as they are a bit milder in flavor.
  • Garlic: Aromatic, pungent, a little nutty, sweet and spicy. Garlic adds tons of layers to your dish!
  • Ground turkey: High in protein, while being low in fat and calories, it’s a great alternative to ground beef or chicken.
  • Warm spices: Cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and ground coriander help to give this chili loads of depth and flavor.
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce: Adds a delicious smoky flavor to the soup.
  • Bell peppers: I like to use red bell peppers because they are the sweetest, but any color will work.
  • Beer: Adds a richness to the soup, and any alcohol cooks out. But you could use more chicken broth instead as well.
  • Chicken broth: Makes for a flavorful base of the chili.
  • Diced tomatoes: I love using fire roasted diced tomatoes for just another level of flavor.
  • Barbecue sauce: Adds some umami and classic taste to the chili.
  • Black beans: A bit creamy and chewy in texture, but full of protein and nutrients.
  • Corn: You can use fresh, canned, or frozen, but it adds a great little bit of crunch and sweetness.

How to Make Turkey Black Bean Chili 

Garlic for turkey black bean chili

To start your turkey black bean chili, heat a large pot over medium-high heat and spray it with cooking spray. Grate the garlic and add it to the pot along with the onion.

Seasoning in turkey black bean chili

Then add the turkey and season it with cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. Cook until turkey is browned, crumbling as it cooks.

how to make turkey black bean chili

After the turkey is cooked, add the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

tomatoes for turkey black bean chili

Then add the chopped bell peppers and diced tomatoes to the pot. Cook until veggies are all soft.

beer in turkey black bean chili

Then add beer to deglaze the pan. Scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.

beer or chicken broth

Stir in chicken broth and barbecue sauce. You can use store-bought barbecue sauce, but if you have a barbecue sauce recipe you love, homemade barbecue sauce is even better!

beans in turkey black bean chili

Next, drain and rinse beans, then add to the pot.

corn in turkey black0bean chili

Finally, add in the corn. Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 30-40 minutes.

bowl of turkey black bean chili

Once finished, serve along with your favorite toppings, and enjoy your Turkey Black Bean Chili!

Suggested Toppings

  • Cheese
  • Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Tortilla chips
  • Green onion or cilantro

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to add beer to chili?

No. Though light beer in this recipe adds flavor, you can use chicken broth instead. A lager, stout or porter beer is the most popular. These types tend to have as many hops and have more of a rich and frothy texture making a chili warm and filling.

How long does chili last in the refrigerator?

It will last 3 days in the fridge in an air tight container. It will last 3 months in the freezer.

What’s the best way to freeze chili?

To freeze chili, allow it to cool to room temperature then freeze in large, resealable plastic bags laid flat or airtight containers.

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Turkey Black Bean Chili

Turkey Black Bean Chili

4.86 stars average
Sweet and smoky flavors that will be sure to beat any cook off, this freezer friendly turkey chili is sure to impress!
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 55 minutes


  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast (99% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 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 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 15 ounce black or kidney beans (canned, drained and rinsed )
  • ½ cup corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup plain Greek or low fat yogurt (for serving (optional))
  • fresh cilantro and sriracha (optional garnish)


  • Heat a large sauce pot over medium-high and spray with cooking spray. Add diced onions and grated garlic to the pot along with pinch of salt and pepper. Saute until translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  • To the pot, add the ground 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.

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Can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days and will keep in freezer for up to 3 months.


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 32.6gProtein: 23.5gFat: 1.4gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 857mgFiber: 8.2gSugar: 9.3g
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34 responses to “Turkey And Black Bean Chili”

  1. Rose Avatar

    This Turkey Black Bean Chili seems amazing and unique . Super excited to try this one, thanks for sharing this one.