Spicy Black Bean and Turkey Chili

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We had a welcome visit from B, but I am positive he couldn’t wait to get back to Toledo as our house has been hit by a tornado called “installing hardwood flooring”.

Yep, we finally took the plunge and I cannot wait to show off the end result.  That is, after I put everything back in its proper location!  No fun….I know! 😉

I am hoping they are done by Tuesday night, giving me a couple of days to clean it all up before my Mom comes in for a visit.  B advised me to put her to work……. I laughed and said she wasn’t coming down to work, she was coming down to play!!

Turkey and Black Bean ChiliMom—-forgive me if there are still piles and piles of “crap” in the dining room.  LOL!

The crisp, cold sweatshirt weather has landed in the Midwest.   Fall has officially enveloped us folks, and if the predictions are correct, we are in for a doozy of a Winter here in Southwest Ohio!

BTW….I am green with envy of all of you that live in the Southern or Western States.   {Sigh}    Ten more years…..ten more years!

I don’t know how many more harsh winters I can take……

When you think of cold weather, you automatically think of hearty stews and chili’s.

Turkey ChiliAt least I do!

I already shared a couple of my favorites here, here, here and here…… but this Spicy Black Bean and Turkey Chili has officially landed as my new #1 favorite “go-to” feel good, comfort food!  Yep, it is that good!

Turkey ChiliWhen I have the time I like creating new recipes.  Not looking at a cookbook, changing out some of the ingredients and quantities and calling it my own.  Nope, honest to god combining ingredients to see how they blend and mold together and praying that it is edible.  I have had some doozies that have gone straight into the trash or down the garbage disposal.  I have had others that tasted great but looked like something only a mother could love.  It is very rare that I proclaim a winner the first go round!  This chili is that rare exception!

I know that you are going to love all the different flavors in every bite.  Your taste buds will be doing the happy dance! 

Turkey ChiliIf you don’t like a lot of spice, then swap out the Serrano peppers for a more mild, sweet variety.  I tend to add in the seeds (and all) of the hot pepper, but another tip to reduce some of the “heat” would be to scrape the seeds out before mincing.  

Turkey Chili*Warning- be careful handling the peppers when you are cutting and dicing them up.  DO NOT touch your eyes with your fingers until they have been thoroughly washed.  I learned the hard way when I worked at Taco Bell during my college days.  My eyes were burning for hours!!!

Too bad I wasn’t prepared for this recipe turning out, I would have had some fun pictures of peppers, black beans.  You know, not just pictures of the chili!! 😉

If you haven’t noticed I have been adding in Quinoa into everything.  I love it!  If you do not want a grain added to the chili, skip the last 2 ingredients…….will save you a little bit of time, and the chili will still be awesome!!

Turkey and Black Bean Chili

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Spicy Black Bean and Turkey Chili
Serves: 14
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4-5 Serrano peppers, ends cut and minced
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups salsa (any store-bought or homemade will work)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp hot mexican chili powder (if you don't have this on hand, any chili powder can be used)
  • 3 tsp chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1½ cups quinoa
  • Optional Toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro, tortilla chips
  1. In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add in the diced onions, minced garlic and serrano peppers and saute until crisp tender, stirring often (about 2 minutes). Add in the ground turkey and cook until the meat is browned and crumbled. Drain any additional liquid that the turkey generated.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients except for the chicken broth and quinoa. Simmer, covered, for at least 30 minutes. The longer it simmers the better the flavors will blend and wrap around each other.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock to boil and add in the 1 ½ cups quinoa. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer until all liquid has been absorbed and/or evaporated, about 20 minutes.
  4. Serve the chili with a scoop of quinoa and any other toppings you desire.

What kind of chili do you prefer …  Sweet, Mild or Spicy?  Do you like it runny (as in Sky Line Chili), or do you prefer the thick, bold goodness  in every bite?

I think we all know what I prefer!  😉

Have a great week everyone,


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2 thoughts on “Spicy Black Bean and Turkey Chili

    • That is the great thing about chili….you can modify the heat/spice to modify everyone’s taste…..just add in a few more chopped peppers as your topping!

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