Turkey and Black Bean Chili

turkey chili

This past weekend we went food shopping. When we got home and unpacked the bags I looked at our spoils; lots of chocolate, marshmallows, 10 pounds of sugar, 2 pounds of butter, and loads of other “junk”.

Despite popular misconception, this is not a typical food shop (really!). I was stocking up on baking supplies. This year I decided I’m going to bake Christmas presents for my siblings – all six of them – and they of course enthusiastically said YES! to that idea.

So in anticipation of all the baking that’s going to go on this week, and all the eating that will occur next week, this turkey and black bean chili recipe was just what we needed to prepare ourselves for our baking extravaganza.

turkey chili

Here’s what you need to do. Look at these delicious pictures. Imagine yourself enjoying a big, hot bowl of this turkey chili with some shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and maybe even some sliced avocado (delish!).

Got that picture in your mind? Good. Now for the surprise…

turkey chili

This recipe is modestly adapted from a Weight Watchers cookbook.

Maybe that’s not a shock to you, but to me a few years ago – and indeed to many of many of my guy friends to this day – chili and “light” cooking do not go together.

So guess what I do? Just like Mom used to do when I was a kid, I make this for friends and never tell them what’s in it – or where I got the recipe from. They never know (unless they are reading this blog, in which case they now know).  But it’s so good they head back to the pot for seconds (and thirds).

And hey, I figure the calories I save on dinner I can spend on delicious dessert (like the rainbow cookies I’m baking more of for Christmas that of course I”ll have to sample).

Are you baking anything special for the holidays?
Tell us in the comments below!

turkey chili

Turkey And Black Bean Chili

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground skinless turkey
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the turkey and cook, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, oregano, tomato paste, and salt; bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with cheese, sour cream, avocado, and tostitos!

Old Weight Watchers Points: 4

Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers Pure Comfort

turkey chili

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