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The Best Three Bean Turkey Chili

The Best Three Bean Turkey Chili

Hearty, healthy, and bursting with flavor…this Three Bean Turkey Chili is a family favorite. The assortment of rich spices and thick texture is an incredibly enticing combination. Packed with protein and fiber, this satisfying meal is perfect for dinners and school lunches. Chili used to be something you would eat when it’s cold outside…with this recipe you will want to eat it year round!

What you need to make The Best Three Bean Turkey Chili:

Ingredients for Turkey Chili

For a healthier option to red meat, we eat lots of ground turkey in our house. Ground turkey is a very lean protein, and because of this, it lacks flavor. Typically with protein, higher fat means more flavor. To offset this we use a bouquet of spices, herbs and chopped vegetables. And while turkey meat is certainly not beef, with the extra addition of a beef base and Worcestershire sauce, the end result comes pretty close.

How to make The Best Three Bean Turkey Chili:

Brown the turkey meat

BROWN IT: In a large (at least 5 quarts) pot over medium high heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is heated, add the ground turkey meat to the pot. Cook until all of the water has evaporated from the meat and it starts to brown.

Add spices and beans to turkey meat

SPICE IT: Once the meat is brown, add onion and garlic to the pot and sauté for 5 minutes until the onions have softened. Add your dry spices: salt, cumin, coriander, oregano, ancho chili powder and stir to combine. Add your wet spices: chipotle chili in adobo sauce and Worcestershire sauce, sauté for 2-3 minutes. Next, add 2 cups of water or broth to deglaze the pot. Deglazing is simply adding liquid to the pot to release the caramelized bits stuck to the bottom. Then add the crushed tomatoes, beef base, beans, tomato paste, molasses and corn, stir to combine.

Simmer the turkey chili

SIMMER IT: Add an additional cup of water or broth to the pot and bring to a simmer. Leaving the lid slightly ajar, let simmer for 40 minutes while turning occasionally. With 20 minutes left, add the peppers and adjust seasoning to taste. For additional texture, I like adding the peppers in halfway through cooking, that way they stay intact instead of disintegrating into the chili. Once done, roughly chop half a bunch of cilantro (stem included) and stir to combine.

Mouth Watering Turkey Chili

We love to pair this Three Bean Turkey Chili with these Cornbread Muffins – they go perfect together!

Including beans in your diet:

It is well documented how important beans are and that they are a tremendous source of protein for the human body. For people who follow the way people eat in Blue Zones (Blue Zones represent the places where people statistically live the longest), beans represent the consummate superfood. We try to replace some of the animal proteins in many of our dishes by adding in beans as much as we can.

The Best Three Bean Turkey Chili

The Best Three Bean Turkey Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Hearty, healthy, and bursting with flavor ...... this Three Bean Turkey Chili is a family favorite. The assortment of rich spices and thick texture is an incredibly enticing combination.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Chipotle chili in Adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomato
  • 1 tablespoon beef base, Better than Bouillon (or 3 cups beef broth)
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed (sub. kidney beans)
  • 2 cans northern or navy beans, drained and rinsed (sub. garbanzo beans)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 c sweet bell peppers, diced (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large (at least 5 Quart) pot over medium high heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is heated, add the ground turkey to the pot. Cook until all of the water has evaporated from the meat and it starts to brown.
  2. Once the meat is brown, add onion and garlic to the pot and sauté for 5 minutes until onions have softened.
  3. Add your dry spices: salt, cumin, coriander, oregano, ancho chili powder and stir to combine.
  4. Add your wet spices: chipotle chili in adobo sauce and Worcestershire sauce, sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Next, add 2 cups of water or broth, if using, to deglaze the pot. Then add the crushed tomatoes, beef base, beans, tomato paste, molasses and corn, stir to combine.
  6. Add an additional cup of water or broth to the pot and bring to a simmer. Leaving the lid slightly ajar, let simmer for 40 minutes, turning occasionally. With 20 minutes left, add the peppers and adjust seasoning to taste. Once done, roughly chop half a bunch of cilantro (stem included) and stir to combine.

Notes

For a thicker chili, keep simmering until desired consistency is reached. For a thinner chili, you can add more water. Leftovers will be thicker and may need to be thinned out with a bit of water upon reheating.

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