Black Bean and Turkey Chili Recipe

by katerina on January 4, 2009

I made this chili last week as the beginnings of my post-Christmas detox. Anybody else craving simple, light, healthy food yet? In actual fact, I made this between Christmas and New Years and am trying to start my detox over since it didn’t really stick. (In case you are curious in this house detoxing means only one dessert, only one large glass of wine and something healthy for dinner with lots of vegetables! I don’t mean a liquid only diet or a cabbage soup for a week.)

Turkey Chili Recipe

Rachael Ray’s recipes aren’t known for their healthfulness but I found this recipe for Uptown Down-Home Chili really good and healthy by making a few changes which are below. It is so much harder to find healthy winter comfort food then healthy summer food! (See my tea mug behind the bowl? Desperately trying to keep warm here.)

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Black Bean and Turkey Chili Recipe

(serves 6)
Adapted from Rachel Ray

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. ground chicken breast
2 tablespoons grill seasoning
┬Żlb mushrooms, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 canned chipotle peppers, chopped
1 tablespoons ground cumin
1 bottle beer
1 (15oz) can black beans, drained
1 (15oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons cheddar, shredded for garnish
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, for garnish
3 tablespoons plain yogourt, for garnish

Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, the meat and grill seasoning. Use a fork to crumble the meat together and brown it evenly. Should take about 5 minutes. Remove the meat to a plate and add the other tablespoon of oil. Add the mushrooms and begin to brown for a few minutes. Once they start to soften push them to the outside of the pot and add the onions, celery peppers and garlic. Sweat until soft and then mix all together. Return meat to the pan and add Worcestershire, cumin, chipotle and stir. Then add beer and simmer while you deglaze (scrape up all the bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon). When the beer has reduced by half add the beans, tomatoes stock and thyme and simmer for ten minutes. Season to taste. Serve topped with shredded cheese, yogourt and cilantro.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 35 minutes | Total Time:45 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 450

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara January 4, 2009 at 1:56 am

i had to read your post twice, after i saw “healthy” and “rachel ray” together! :)
this sounds really good. i will be trying this, i think i have some ground turkey in the freezer.


linda January 4, 2009 at 4:32 am

I think I will have to try this ~ it looks delicious


Kevin January 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm

What a tasty looking chili! I like teh use of the turkey in it.


Katerina January 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Sara – I know, I wanted to make something easy and comforting – which does make me think RR but finding a healthy option was a little more challenging.

linda – Let me know if you do!

Kevin – I love turkey in chilis, so good.


Sheralle January 5, 2009 at 5:15 am

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Deborah January 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm

That sounds like my kind of detox! What a great way to keep warm.


L January 11, 2009 at 3:10 am

K – I just made this for dinner tonight, it was REALLY good! And not as heavy as ordinary chili seems to always be. I substituted non fat sour cream for the Yogurt, which still cut the chipotle spice nicely :)


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