Turkey and Black Bean Chili

Turkey and Black Bean Chili

This post originally appeared on The Confident Mom’s Blog, where How To: Simplify regularly contributes guest posts filled with tips, tricks and recipes to simplify life in the kitchen.

It’s finally September…the most wonderful time of the year! Call me crazy but I love packing away my summer clothes and bringing out my sweaters and light jackets. Growing up in Michigan, I absolutely loved fall because the weather was always crisp and the colors on the trees were absolutely gorgeous.

When I think about fall, the first items that pop into my mind are trips to the cider mill, apple cinnamon doughnuts, pumpkin patches, beautiful colors, pumpkin-flavored treats and…football. That’s right, to me, fall means that it’s the beginning of football season.

Why do I love football season? I love spending time with family and friends as we watch college football on Saturdays all while enjoying delicious food. Hot dogs, hamburgers, fajitas, chips and dip, finger foods and, best of all, chili are some of the traditional dishes that are served during tailgate season. Whether you are cooking for a tailgate of preparing a weeknight meal, chili is a great go-to dish since it can be prepared in one pot and it only requires a few ingredients to make it taste great.

This Turkey and Black Bean Chili recipe is a breeze to put together for a quick weeknight meal or before your family and friends arrive for the big game. Serve it with some tortilla chips, sour cream, crackers or cheese and you’re guaranteed to serve a great dish that your guests will thoroughly enjoy.

Turkey and Black Bean Chili


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 can (16 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (16 ounces) sweet corn, drained
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large saute pan. Add turkey, onion, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, black pepper and the garlic. Stir frequently and break the turkey into pieces. Cook until the turkey is browned.
  2. Stir in broth, salsa, sugar, beans and corn. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes (mixture can stay in pan over low heat until ready to serve).
  3. Stir in lime juice right before serving.

What’s your favorite game day recipe?

* Recipe adapted from Swanson

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