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Turkey and Black Turtle Bean Chili

Our hearty chili combines ground turkey with black turtle beans, a mildly flavored variety that pairs exceptionally well with the bold seasonings used here. Garnish each serving with cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions to tame the heat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dried black turtle beans, rinsed and soaked overnight 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil  
  • 1 lb. ground turkey 
  • 2 yellow onions, diced 
  • 3 jalapeños, seeded and diced 
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced 
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic 
  • 1 Tbs. tomato paste 
  • 1/4 cup chili seasoning 
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed chipotle chili 
  • 2 cans (each 14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes with juices 
  • Grated cheddar cheese, sour cream and sliced green onions for serving 

Directions:

Drain the beans and rinse with cold water. Place in a large saucepan and add water to cover by 3 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the beans are tender, about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper. Drain the beans, reserving the cooking liquid. Set aside.

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the ground turkey and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up any large chunks, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Reduce the heat to medium and warm the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil. Add the onions, jalapeños and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato paste, chili seasoning and crushed chipotle chili and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with their juices, the ground turkey, black beans and 1 1/2 cups of the reserved cooking liquid. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

Ladle the chili into warmed bowls. Serve with cheese, sour cream and green onions for garnishing. Serves 6.

Adapted from a recipe by Zürsun.