2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed, drained, and divided
2/3 cup water
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 sweet hickory-smoked bacon slices, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 cups mild salsa
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
How to Make It
Combine 1 1/2 cups beans, 2/3 cup water, and sugar in a food processor; process until smooth. Combine bean puree and remaining beans in a bowl.
Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add turkey; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove turkey from pan.
Add onion, bell peppers, and bacon to pan; cook 5 minutes or until bacon and onion are lightly browned. Return turkey to pan. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, and crushed red pepper to pan; stir well to coat. Stir in bean mixture, salsa, tomato paste, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Combine sour cream, cilantro, and juice in a small bowl. Serve chili with sour cream mixture.
This is an awesome chili. It is very easy to make. It is extremely flavorful. I didn't make the cream. I added 12 ounces of turkey, because that is what I had on hand. I ate it without cheese or sour cream. I didn't miss them. I will definitely make this again.
I only had ground beef in the freezer, and I don't eat pork, so I substituted turkey bacon. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as written and it was easily one of my favourite chill recipes ever. The blended beans gave it such a great texture.
Plus my husband loved it!
Man oh man was this good! Next time I will make a bigger batch and freeze some. We served leftovers over spaghetti and topped with chopped onion and shredded cheese (3-way chili style). This kind of chili would be great for frito chili pie. I used lean ground beef instead of turkey and used medium hot salsa. Omitted the sugar and topped with sour cream and cilantro instead of making the sour cream mixture. Not sure what the bacon added.
I just made this tonight and it is quite tasty! I love the fact that the recipe doesn't use any added salt and that there is more beans than meat. I think next time I may leave out the bacon, I'm not sure I could really taste in the recipe anyways. Try it out!
I make this often, it's a fabulous quick & healthy turkey chili. I use the recipe as a template and use more ground turkey breast, and also more veggies. I add grated zucchini, frozen sweet white corn, and a box of baby kales or other quick cooking greens during the last 15 minutes of cooking. I don't usually make the cilantro cream, we just use sour cream or Greek yogurt on the top and we do put grated cheddar on the top. I often use one can of black beans and one can of red beans.
This is sooooo good. I used a medium-heat chipotle salsa instead of mild, a bit of grapeseed oil instead of the cooking spray (didn't have any), and applewood-smoked bacon instead of hickory-smoked (would have required another trip to another store). I also used no-salt-added beans and beef broth. I didn't make the sour cream topping (don't like cilantro), and instead topped it with a tablespoon of nonfat Greek yogurt. It makes great leftovers, too. I will definitely making this again in the (near) future.