Turkey Black Bean Chili

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

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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. 

bowl of turkey black bean chili

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.  

Garlic for turkey black bean chili

In this recipe, chipotle peppers in adobo and fire-roasted diced tomatoes give the chili a warm, smoky flavor that will leave everyone wanting a second, third and fourth serving! 

How to Make Turkey Black Bean Chili 

Garlic for turkey black bean chili

To get started, first, heat a large sauce-pot over medium-high and spray it with cooking spray. Grate the garlic and add it to the pot.

Seasoning in turkey black bean chili

Second, add the turkey and season it with cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. This is one of my favorite parts of cooking — turning up the flavor! 

how to make turkey black bean chili

After you’re done seasoning the turkey, cook it until the meat is browned. Stir it occasionally for about 7-9 minutes. 

tomatoes for turkey black bean chili

Third, add onions and fire-roasted tomatoes to the pan. Tomatoes are packed with potassium, vitamins B, E, antioxidants and flavonoids and are known to have numerous health benefits.

Fresh peppers for turkey black bean chili

After you add tomatoes, seed sweet bell peppers, chop and add them to the pan. Bell peppers are packed with vitamins and are low in calories.

turkey black bean chili ion a pot

Make sure to cook until vegetables are soft. This should take about 6-8 minutes.

beer in turkey black bean chili

Fourth, add beer to deglaze the pan once vegetables are soft. Scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. This is a great way to add flavor to your food.

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! Once you add the chicken broth and barbecue sauce, return the pan to a boil before you add in beans and corn.

beans in turkey black bean chili

Next, drain and rinse beans. This recipe calls for both black beans and kidney beans. A diet rich in beans supports weight control, heart health and more.

corn in turkey black0bean chili

Finally, add in the corn. As an optional step, you can add minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to kick up the spiciness – it’s totally up to you! After you add the final ingredients, reduce heat to simmer and cook the turkey black bean chili for 20-30 minutes or longer.

another image of turkey black bean chili

To finish, serve this with a dollop of plain yogurt, sriracha and cilantro. I love topping this chili with cool, creamy plain yogurt. It is another great source of protein with added nutrition!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best beer for chili?

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.

Do you have to add beer to chili?

No. Though light beer in this recipe adds flavor, you can use chicken broth instead.

Can turkey chili be made in a slow cooker?

Yes! Check out my Slow Cooker Healthy Turkey Chili recipe for a similar take.

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.

What are your favorite ways to incorporate protein into your diet? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks! And while you’re here, you may also like to try these recipes:

Liz with finished turkey black bean chili

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Turkey Black Bean Chili

Turkey Black Bean Chili

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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
Servings: 8


  • 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.


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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