Black bean turkey chili combines some sweet with heat.

Mom’s Black Bean Turkey Chili

A hearty, healthy chili recipe that’s quick to prepare.

This black bean turkey chili was the sort of supper we’d come home to after 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

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  • Author: Crosby Molasses


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  • 2 cups dried black turtle beans, soaked and cooked (or about 4 cups cooked)
  • 1/4 cup oil, divided
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3 jalapenos (optional)
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried chipotle (optional)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (798 ml/28 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 cups broth or water
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 Tbsp. Crosby’s 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.
  3. When they’re soft, add garlic, tomato paste, and chili powder and stir to combine.
  4. Add tomatoes, turkey (with juices), beans, and broth.
  5. Bring to a simmer, add oregano, molasses, and salt to taste.

Serve with nachos or cornbread and sliced avocado.


You can substitute Crosby’s Fancy Molasses for our Blackstrap or Cooking Molasses or make a molasses mix.

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

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  • February 7, 2018


    I made this recipe this week in the slow cooker. It was delicious and made for easy lunches too.

  • February 2, 2016


    Great recipe! But approx. how many will it serve? Thank you!

  • January 8, 2015

    Barbara A Walters

    Good wholesome food

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