Black Bean Turkey Sausage Chili

Good recipe to warm you up:  Black Bean Turkey Sausage Chili

Black Bean Turkey Sausage Chili

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Black Bean Turkey Sausage Chili


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • One 8 ounce can diced green chiles, squeezed dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • One 12-ounce can tomato paste
  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • One 16-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • One 12-ounce bottle good beer
  • One 32-ounce can black beans, rinsed and well drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • shredded cheese and sour cream for topping, optional


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over low heat. Sauté the onions and pepper for 10 minutes, or until tender but not browned.
  2. Turn up heat to medium and add the sausage and turkey. Cook until browned. Drain the excess fat from the pan.
  3. Add the garlic, chiles, pepper, salt, chili powder, oregano, basil and tomato paste. Stir in the tomatoes, beer and beans.
  4. Simmer over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes. Taste to adjust seasonings.
  5. Top individual servings with cilantro and optional toppings, as desired.


*This recipe may be prepared ahead and re-heated.

2 Responses to “Black Bean Turkey Sausage Chili”

  1. postedMay 14, 2012 7:38 PM

    Looks yummy! Would I be able to make this in a crockpot and if so what changes would I need to make? Thanks!

    • postedMay 16, 2012 9:31 PM

      I’m not entirely sure. Since it’s only simmered at low heat for a short amount of time, I’d suggest just making it ahead and then re-heating when ready to eat.

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