Mom’s Black Bean Turkey Chili a warming winter meal

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black bean turkey chili is substantial and satisfying

I spent my childhood winters up at our local ski hill. On weekend mornings Dad would pile us in the car with a big picnic lunch and away we’d go for the day.

My dad didn’t grow up skiing so he learned to ski alongside all of his kids and I think relished his days on the hill more than we did.

My mom would stay put at home and now I know why. There is something lovely about a quiet house on a winter’s day, especially after the early morning rush getting us all out the door.

black bean turkey chili is substantial and satisfying

Not only did dad teach himself to ski when he was in his late 30s, he also somehow dad managed to get us all off the mountain, packed in the car and back home in time for Saturday suppertime mass on these snowy days.  We never had time to change so half of us would still be in our snow pants and ski boots, clomping up the church aisle and trying to fit into a pew without tripping on the knee rest.

black bean turkey chili is substantial and satisfying

This black bean turkey chili was the sort of supper we’d come home to after these days of skiing.  Hot, hearty and served with cornbread or oatmeal brown bread, it’s just the sort of supper that’s perfect after a winter day spent outside.

This recipe is great with chopped carrots added too (sauté them with the onions and peppers).

 Mom’s Black Bean Turkey Chili

  • 2 cups dried black turtle beans, soaked and cooked (or about 4 cups cooked)
  • ¼ cup oil, divided
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. dried chipotle (optional)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups broth
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat 2 Tbsp. of the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat and brown the ground turkey until it is no longer pink. Remove to a bowl.
  2. In the same pot, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp. of oil and sauté the onions, jalapenos and red pepper. Add garlic, tomato paste and chili powder and stir to combine. Add tomatoes, turkey (with juices), beans and broth. Bring to a simmer, add oregano, molasses and salt to taste.

What kind of food warms you up on a cold winter’s day?

You might also like our Vegetarian Black Bean Chili with corn

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