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Turkey and Pinto Bean Chili

Prep Time:

12 Hours

Cook Time:

90 Minutes


6 Servings


Main Dish

About the Recipe

This recipe works well with any kind of ground meat. Choose lean meats like turkey or chicken for a healthier option. Serve with ½ cup brown rice, baked potato or one serving of unsalted tortilla chips.


  • 1 ½ cups dried pinto beans

  • 7 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons cumin (optional)

  • 1 can (28-ounce) no-salt-added diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup onion, chopped

  • 1 cup bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon salt


Step 1

Add beans and 4 cups water to a large bowl. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 8-12 hours.

Step 2

Drain the beans.

Step 3

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add ground turkey. Cook for 10 minutes. Use a spatula to break apart the turkey as it cooks.

Step 4

Add beans, seasoning, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper and 3 cups water. Stir to mix. Bring chili to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 75 to 90 minutes.

Step 5

Add salt. Stir to mix.

Recipe sourced from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

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