Hearty Turkey and Bean Chili
Extremely quick and simple to prepare, this hearty turkey and bean chili is chock full of classic flavors. It is a winter staple around here.
Mmmm, this chili is goooooood. And with the blustery, cold weather we are having, there isn’t anything I crave more than a scrumptious, hearty chili.
Ok, I’d actually take some dark chocolate, fresh bagels and some expensive cheese, but those are other cravings for another time.
Extremely quick and simple to prepare, this chili is chock full of classic flavors.
Brimming with healthful beans and a variety of smoky spices, it definitely runs on the mild side of spiciness which makes it perfect for my family (and young kiddos), yet it doesn’t lack in flavor in the slightest.
I loved the lightness of the ground turkey and the unique touch of dried basil.
All in all, this chili is definitely a keeper.
What To Serve With This:
The first night we ate it traditional chili style (at least in our house) – with a dollop of sour cream and a spoonful of shredded cheddar (with lots of homemade rolls for dipping).
The second go-round, we ate it over tortilla chips, smothered in taco toppings like tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, etc. Seriously yummy any way you eat it!
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Hearty Turkey and Bean Chili
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 yellow or red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
- 2 cans (14.5-ounces each) diced tomatoes
- 2 cans (16-ounces each) tomato sauce
- 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- In a large pot, brown the turkey with the onion and garlic over medium heat, until cooked through, breaking up the ground turkey into pieces as it cooks. Drain off extra grease.
- Add the chopped bell pepper and cook 1-2 minutes until slightly tender. Add the rinsed and drained beans. Stir. Add the remaining ingredients and spices. Stir well.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes (or upwards of an hour if you have more time), stirring occasionally and making sure the chili isn't sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese and tortilla chips, if desired.
Recipe Source: adapted from Clarissa M, a MKC reader who sent the recipe to me
42 Comments on “Hearty Turkey and Bean Chili”
The perfect chili.
A family favorite. I’m almost always asked for the recipe! ❤️
For those who don’t care for added sodium in thier meals here’s something to ponder: this recipe calls for 32 oz. of tomato sauce. I use Cantadina which is has 280 mg. sodium in 1/4 cup. 16 1/4 cups in 32 oz. = 4,489 mg. I use Kirkland organic diced tomatoes, 7 servings 140 mg. each equals 980 mg. for a total of 5,469 mg. sodium. In addition, there’s an added one tsp. of salt = 2,360 mg. for a total of 7,829 mg sodium without adding sodium from the beans or toppings such as cheese. Using 7,829 mg. sodium divided by 6 servings equals 1,304 mg. sodium each, 4 servings = 1,957 mg. sodium each. There is very much a salty bite when recipe is made as written. I’m a little disappointed the extra tsp. sodium was written in the recipe. Cooks beware. Otherwise this is a good recipe. Rate 2 stars as written, 4 stars without added salt.
I forgot to mention Contadina tomato sauce is actually lower in sodium than most. Hunts tomato sauce is a whopping 410 mg. sodium in 1/4 cup so add the extra (130 mg. x 16) for another 2,080 mg. to 7,829 mg = 9,909 mg. total, divided by 6 servings = 1,652 mg, divided by 4 servings = 2,477 mg. per serving based on 4-6 servings. The point is: do you really need to add salt to this recipe?
This is another favorite of ours! It’s always shocking and a miracle to find something that all the kids like. Thanks for another winner!
I will make this as it sounds yum. We have chili on Holloween, as we always have chili on this night.
I subbed chicken broth for one of the cans of tomato sauce and added 1/2 C Farro wheat instead of the black beans. I think the chicken broth added great flavor and texture. (I cut the salt down to 1/4 tsp in order to accommodate the chicken broth and added more at the end to taste.)
Hey Mel! I couldn’t find your moms classic chili recipe and wondered if you took it off the site. It’s my go to recipe and my family loves it! Could you somehow email it to me or can you put it back on the website?? My family and I would so appreciate it! Thank you! I love your website!
Made this the other night.. family loved it!! Thank you for a great recipe..
Could you do this in a crockpot?
I’d probably cook the meat first (to drain off the grease) and then I think you could probably add it all to the slow cooker.
Excellent! I did add extra vegetables, 2 cups sliced mushrooms and a couple stalks of diced celery. I added less tomato sauce which seemed fine. My husband really dislikes cumin so left it out. This will be made many times in my kitchen. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.
I just recently stumbled across your website. Your recipes looked so delicious and easy. I tried the Super Bean Burritos and they turn out great. Next I tried the chili recipe and it was super. I looked forward to trying more of your recipes.
I found your recipe on Pinterest and having made it a few times now, I wanted to tell you how much I love it! This is my one and only chili recipe now, and I am a chili snob! I love the fact that it’s healthy, made with turkey and that I can make large quantities and freeze them for grab and go lunches instead of yucky frozen dinners.
You saved the night again at our house! All of the recipes I have tried of yours, have been excellent. Didn’t make a meal plan this week and only had a couple of hours before dinner to whip something up. This was perfect, as I had all of the items on hand. Kids asked if I could make this again tomorrow, so you know it was a hit! Thanks for creating such a wonderful website. I love it!
Funny to see my comment, years later! I forgot I had even written anything. You are still #1 in my book Mel. Thanks for all you do!!
Haha, thanks! 🙂
I made this tonight for dinner and am bringing it to a potluck tomorrow served with lite sour cream, scallions, and tortilla strips. Delicious and healthy!
I loved this chili as did my 3 year old. My husband would have liked it to have more “kick.”
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It is delicious! It was better the next day too 🙂 Yum yum yum!
Mel, I made this last night for my bean hating family and a bean loving friend. Everyone was appeased. Delish! Thanks for another winning addition to our mealtime repertoire 🙂
“Mmmmm, this chili is goooooood.”
Yes. Yes it is.
Made this for supper tonight. Mmmmm, this chili IS goooooood.
I’ve been popping in and out lately since I don’t “need” the goodies you’ve been sharing and I need to keep temptations to a minimum! 🙂 However, I was searching for something for dinner last night and scrolled down to find this recipe. I used beef cause that’s what I had and I threw in a can of green chilies. My husband declared it the best chili I’ve ever made – yeah! He also wanted dessert, but opted for a third bowl of chili instead – ha! There are several blogs I visit and enjoy the pictures, but with yours I can count on enjoying the food – thank you!
We made this last night–turn out great! I’m an Indiana girl, and we served our chili with spaghetti (I’m pretty sure I just heard some gasps, but don’t knock it till ya try it.)
This recipe sounds delicious! I love chili myself and I am ready to make this on Wednesday. I have all of the ingredients except for the turkey. It sure sounds healthy and flavorful! Thank you so much for another great recipe! And the idea of saving your recipes is just awesome!! Great idea and a very nice gift to us all as well!!:) (I have a lot to save!!!!!)
We are quite the chili family, so I’ll definitely have to bookmark this for later use! 🙂
We just ate this for dinner and it’s yummy! I went out on a limb and made 5 batches of it (this is not something I would normally do with a new recipe, but I had no doubt that we would love it, since it came from you :), so we now have enough chili in the freezer for a few dinners and several school lunches! Thanks for another great recipe!!
Hi Mel, just made this today with your cornbread recipe, delish! Thanks for all your great recipes!
Made your best tacos last night and will never buy a seasoning mix again. So delicious! We’re having your broccoli and rice casserole tonight and herb biscuits with buttermilk chicken. I’ve loved every single recipe I’ve made of yours. Oh and carrot cake. Ummm we like to eat at our house!! Thanks so much!!
This looks delicious! I love your combination of ingredients!
Love that I can save your recipes on ziplist! Makes my life soo much easier, thanks! Now all I need is your cookbook on my shelf and I will be set. By the way, I have 4 boys and have no idea how you have time run this blog let alone cook all this good food. Good on ya!
This loos SO good right now! The weather really has gotten chilly these last couple days and there’s nothing like a bowl of hot chili to warm your soul! I have a question about your photographs. When you photograph soup, do you keep some ingredients out of the pot to put on top so that they show better in the photograph? I noticed in a soup that has cream cheese that the veggies on top idn’t look like they’d ever touched the creamy broth, and then I got a lightbulb above my head, thinking maybe you saved some ingredients aside to add for a better photograph! I’ve never thought of this and think it’s a great idea!
Veronica – to be honest, I usually don’t mess with the soup too much. I don’t keep out ingredients to spoon on top, but if there is a spoon in the bowl in the picture, I’ll usually “fluff” up the soup with the spoon, bringing some of the chunky ingredients to the top and sit on top of the spoon, if that makes sense. Although, I do think the idea of spooning some of the main ingredients on top is a good one, too!
When do we find out who won your giveaway 🙂
Great question, Andrea! Sorry I’ve been neglectful. I announced it here:
And just put an update on this post.
I have a similar recipe from Taste of Home. The only difference is you add a can of pumpkin puree!! It’s so yummy and the pumpkin taste is very subtle. 🙂 Also, for a little more spice, add mild Rotel with green chiles instead of the plain diced tomatoes.
Thank you for sharing this, it looks so delicious. I appreciate that you share your talents with us, and take time to make our lives more rich. You are wonderful. I plan to make this soon.
Ah, love chili in all forms. Yours look so amazing! I love that you added basil, a bit different!
My family loves chili! We often eat the leftovers with tortilla chips and taco fixin’s, too!This looks so delicious, Mel! I love the addition of black beans and basil. I also love that it looks like it would come together fast, so this would be a great weeknight meal!
This looks nice and juicy…