Try this quick and easy turkey chili recipe for a lighter version of your favorite black bean chili. Perfect for chilly weeknights!
I’m sorry. Where are my manners? Hi. How are you? Having a nice day? Yes? Okay.
I’m just too excited.
I’ve made this chili what seems like a million bajillion times this winter. I tried it once on a whim, and then Kyle and I were like, WHOA. THIS CHILI IS THE BOMB DOT COM.
We then proceeded to make it a million bajillion more times.
So…I guess what I’m saying is this: I’m in love with this chili. It’s hearty! It’s filling! It’s fast! I’m already working on the infomercial. If you couldn’t tell. Also, if you’re as RIDICULOUSLY FROZEN as I am, you don’t even need to eat it. Just hold a big ol’ bowl right in your hands and maybe put your face right on top of it and soak up all the warmth. And THEN eat it. Or have one bowl for eating and one bowl for warming. Except that once you take a bite of this chili, both bowls will be for eating. Because it’s delicious.
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1.5 lb. ground turkey
- 10 roma tomatoes, diced
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- dash of hot sauce
- 1.5 cups corn kernels (I use frozen, but canned is fine too)
- 1.5 cups black beans, drained (cook them yourself or use canned)
- 3 green onions, chopped, for garnish
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, for garnish
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat.
- Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is fragrant and has caramelized, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add ground turkey and break into chunks as it cooks with a wooden spoon or a spatula. Cook, stirring occasionally, until turkey is cooked through, 7-10 minutes.
- Stir in diced tomatoes, chili powder, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, and hot sauce. If you’re sensitive to spicy food, start with half of the amount for each seasoning, then taste and add more as necessary.
- Reduce heat to medium and bring to a simmer.
- Add corn and black beans to chili and stir to combine.
- Simmer chili for at least 20 minutes (I usually let mine go longer – 30 minutes to an hour).
- Taste and season chili to taste.
- Ladle chili into bowls and garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of plain greek yogurt, and a sprinkle of chopped green onions. Serve immediately.
This chili is spicy! Add spices in increments and taste as you go if you aren’t a spicy food fan.