A delicious and mostly healthy creamy chili. This recipe is perfect served with cornbread on a cool day.
Makes 6 servings
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-5 quart
1 diced onion
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups beef broth (or 2 cups water + 1 tsp shirley j beef bouillon)
1 lb ground turkey
1 (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes with juice
2 (14.5 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5 oz) can refried beans (or you can make your own)
1 cup salsa (mild, medium or hot…whatever you prefer)
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1/4 cup lime juice
Fresh cilantro, to taste
Salt and pepper
1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add in the onion and cook for about 4 minutes. Then add in the ground turkey and brown for about 5 minutes. Add onions and turkey to slow cooker.
2. Add in the beef broth, tomatoes, black beans, refried beans, salsa, chili powder and cumin.
3. Cover and cook on LOW for about 6 hours.
4. Stir a bit and then add in lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
5. Ladle into serving bowls and top with as much (or as little) cilantro as you want!
Note: You can also serve this with cheese and sour cream, but I didn’t need it because of the creaminess of the refried beans.
Recipe adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen
This was a delicious chili! I loved the addition of the refried beans. What a great way to add creaminess, without adding a ton of cheese and sour cream. The lime juice gave it a flavor burst and, of course, the cilantro is my favorite thing ever! 4 stars.
Looking forward to trying it! Do you think using chicken or vegetable broth would change the flavor a lot? Which one would you suggest?
I am a chicken broth fan so that’s what I would use!
I make this chili regularly in my home. It’s easy, healthy and my son (who is a picky eater) will eat three bowls! 4 stars for sure!
Hi Brooke, thanks for the nice comment. I’m glad you like this chili!
I need to buy some cumin. This recipe is doable for me.
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I wouldn't add more liquid…The crock gets more liquid as time goes by! Good luck!
I made this today and it's simmering away! I used regular pinto beans instead of refried (which I know won't make the chili quite as creamy…). But, I was wondering if I should add more liquid to the pot because the 2 cups of beef broth doesn't make it very liquidy?
Thanks for a great recipe!
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Thanks for telling me about your success. I love when I make something and my husband loves it. It makes all the work worth it 🙂 I also love the refried beans in this…it gives it great texture.
Jenessa Adams says
I made this last night and my husband said, "This is how chili is supposed to taste." I was so excited, especially since it was so easy. I loved the addition of the refried beans. I used dried beans and then pureed some of them for the refried beans part, and it was so delicious. Thanks for another wonderful dinner, Karen! The chili was especially delicious since it is still in the 20s and 30s in Alaska 🙂