Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Serves 8 (makes 3 qts.)

From Kevin Nelson, executive chef at Terra Bistro at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, here's a Turkey Black Bean Chili that's an ideal workout lunch incorporating carbs, protein, and some liquid.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onion, bell pepper, chile, and garlic, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes. Add turkey, increase heat to high, and cook, stirring often and breaking meat into chunks, until it's no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 2

Stir in tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and agave. Cover and bring chili to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors are blended, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir in lime juice. If you like, add salt to taste and serve with cheese and cilantro.

Step 3

Make ahead: Up to 3 days, chilled. To transport, bring to boiling and pack in a preheated thermos.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

Terra Bistro, Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, Vail, Colorado

Ratings & Reviews

MJonesyNJ's Review

May 23, 2011
Awesome!!!!!! I tweaked it a little with extra spices, like crushed red pepper and instead of poblano(only since I could not find them) I used long hot peppers. Also, added a couple cloves of garlic. Definately will make again.

Momofmayanmia's Review

September 09, 2012

patticakes4's Review

January 09, 2011
fairly quick to make. changes: used 2 red bell peppers, olive oil and a pasilla pepper. great zesty flavor. all of us loved it. served it with grated cheddar, chopped cilantro and fresh limes squeezed on top. we are not ground turkey fans and couldn't even tell that it was turkey. we are trying to eat less beef. this recipe was great! will definitely make again. loved having some leftovers, too.

kjnawara's Review

October 04, 2011
Just made this last night with lean ground turkey breast. It was delicious!! My husband was very sceptical because it was with turkey breast, but he absolutely loved it. Definitely a keeper!

carolfitz's Review

December 16, 2012
Pretty easy. Made to directions except added another can of beans, a bit too tomato-y for us.

TravelerTrish's Review

February 20, 2012

jebavonct48's Review

May 05, 2011

stillwater's Review

February 04, 2011
Yum!! Super Easy and even better the next day.


March 07, 2016
excellent - spice it up or spice it down ... the lime juice is a must

Crock pot?

October 11, 2016
I love this recipe and I make it all the time. I was wondering if it would come out the same if I cooked it in a crock pot?