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Fantastic Black Bean Chili Recipe

Fantastic Black Bean Chili

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"I never knew what I was missing until my mother-in-law made this! Everyone begged her for the recipe. A nice and easy way to feed a crowd. Thanks to my mother-in-law this has become a favorite dish! Can be frozen very well and doubled for a larger crowd. Top with your favorite shredded cheese."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 15 mins

    1 hr 35 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat; cook onion and garlic until onions are translucent. Add turkey and cook, stirring, until meat is brown. Stir in beans, tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, basil and vinegar. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 60 minutes or more, until flavors are well blended.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 22, 2003

This was delicious and EASY. I used 1.3 lbs of ground turkey. I, too, increased the crushed tomatoes to 28 oz., added 1/2 T. cumin and some jalepeno and chipotle peppers. I cooked the onion, garlic and turkey in a saute pan, then transferred the mixture to a crockpot (so I didn't have to tend to it) and added the other ingredients. It cooked on high for an hour and a half and was ready to eat.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 11, 2011

Decent chili. Not the best I've had, but I was able to use ingrediants I had on hand. I used twice the tomatoes and only 2 cans of black beans. I also spiced up the turkey with a teaspoon of Cumin. I agree that it could have used more seasoning. Using a dollop of light sour cream and light cheddar cheese tops the dish off well.

Jul 12, 2003

This recipe is a definte 5 stars!! I followed the other reviewers suggestions and used a 28 ounce can of tomatos,1.5 lbs of turkey and 1/2 a teaspoon of cumin. It was excellent but not spicy enough for my liking, so I added another 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and a tablespoon of crused red pepper. It was perfect!!! This is something I will make again and again!!

May 10, 2007

This was the best new recipe I have tried in a long time. If you own a can opener you can make this dish. I read the other reviews and took what sounded good from those. I used 28 oz of tomatoes, 2 cans black beans, 1 can pinto beans with jalapenos, and 1 can of corn. I also added 1 tbl cumin and 1 tsp red pepper flakes. This mixture and amount of spice was perfect for us. My husband and I both LOVED this dish. He ranted for days about how good it was. I served it with sweet cornbread, and topped it with a little shredded cheese and sour cream .... YUMMMO!!

Jan 28, 2003

Awesome recipe... the kids actually asked for leftovers for lunch the next day... high praise from my family! Extra note: second time I made it, I put it in the crockpot on low for 4 hours - much better!

Jan 25, 2003

This is a great base recipe for our taste. As any good cook knows, you take a basic recipe and adapt it to the seasonings you like or love. Ground turkey is bland so I also added the cumin--about 2 tablespoons as we LOVE the flavor, and used ground oregano--about 2 teaspoons to a pound of raw turkey. If you use ground turkey breast it may be necessary to add 1-2 T. oil to brown it if to dry. I love to simmer meat and seasonings in a bit of fatless chicken broth until tender then add the rest and simmer for 10+ minutes. Enjoy!

Sep 06, 2003

Following other the reviewers' suggestion, I used almost an entire 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes (not 14 oz) and it worked great! I also added a can of corn and garnished the finished product with grated cheddar cheese. Also, I used 1.5 lbs. ground turkey and found that this was the exact right amount of meat. This chili was a big hit at my last dinner party!

Jan 31, 2004

This is a nice change from regular chili. I used a can of Rotel tomatoes along with a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis to add a little kick. It seemed to take care of the problem of the recipe not having enough spices (that others have complained about). I also added cumin because I love it and I used ground beef only because that's what I had. I also used balsamic vinegar in place of the wine because that's also what I had. All in all, I loved it and so did my family. Give it a try:)


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  • Calories
  • 366 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.1 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 9.2 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 17.5 g
  • 70%
  • Protein
  • 29.6 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 969 mg
  • 39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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