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Turkey chili with black beans topped with cornbread bites and cheese

Black Bean Turkey Chili with Amber Ale

  • Author: Kathryn | FoodieGirlChicago
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soups, Stews & Chilis


This healthy turkey chili recipe is made with black beans and Amber beer then topped with jalapeño cheddar cornbread bites for a tasty weeknight meal on a cold winter evening!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey thigh
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 12 ounces amber ale
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes 
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained 
  • juice and zest from 1 lime 
  • 1 cup jalapeño cheddar cornbread bites 

For topping:  

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cracked pepper


  1. In a large dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.  
  2. Add onion and sauteé for 3-4 minutes.  Add garlic and sauteé for an additional minute.  
  3. Add turkey, brown until crumbled and cooked through.  Add chili powder, stir to combine.  Add remaining spices, stir and cook for 30 seconds.  Add Amber Ale and bring to a boil.  Add tomato and black beans, return to a boil.  
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and zest. 
  5. Spoon chili into serving bowls.  Top with cornbread bites, greek yogurt, cheddar and cracked pepper.  


This recipe makes four 1 1/4 cup servings.  


  • Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups
  • Calories: 475