Saturday, August 8, 2009

One Pot Black Bean and Turkey Chili

Before you read this recipe I have to warn you that I'm one of those cooks that rarely measures anything. I apologize in advance if that drives any of you crazy. I definitely cook by instinct more than by measuring!

This is a recipe I made up and I make it all in one large pot, like a pot you'd make soup in. Who wants to wash more than one pan?! Using the lean ground turkey or chopped chicken breasts leaves no need to drain, which I really like!

1 to 1 1/2 lbs lean ground turkey
1 pkg. chili seasoning + 1/2 pack hot chili seasoning
2 regular size (or one large) can crushed tomatoes
1 regular size can tomato sauce
1 can black beans
diced onion (to your taste)
you might need a little water depending on how thick or thin you like your chili

Spray Pam into a large pan and/or use a small amount of EVOO. Saute onions a few minutes, add ground turkey. When it's about halfway cooked stir in 1/4-1/2 the chili seasoning pack (you might want to add a little water at this point). Meanwhile drain and rinse the black beans. When the turkey is fully cooked add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, black beans and the rest of the chili seasoning packs. Stir. Heat to simmering. Serve when ready!

You could substitute cooked chopped chicken instead of the ground turkey. You can add more beans if you'd like. You can also add all different kinds of chopped veggies to this. I've used carrots and spinach. I almost always add sliced black olives and corn to my bowl. If we have avocado I'll chop some of that and put on top. You could add fat free sour cream and/or fat free cheese.

It's one pot chili have fun with it! If you make this let us know how you liked it and what, if anything you did differently.


  1. This sounds WONDERFUL!! And the possibilites are endless! I rarely measure anything either, so this suits me just fine:) YUM!

  2. Sounds delish!!

    I wouldn't know a measuring cup if it smacked me in the head!!

  3. YUM! Another to add to my crock pot list.

    I have a to die for Turkey chili (or sloppy joes - your choice) I could post if anyone wants it. I also do a turkey meatloaf in the crock pot that my girls prefere over the traditional beef one!